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Mention of UO brings back memories! Sadly, I lost touch with everyone from the ~10 years I spent playing that game. Definitely remember people meeting/marrying through that game.

The COVID lockdown definitely made me think more about the sense of community and belonging we developed with those games/guilds. Somehow in-person interaction seemed harder when you are a teenager. The limited sensory experience of typing and using mouse inputs versus even speaking seems to have made it less threatening or inhibiting. Maybe that’s why I don’t actually feel as trapped as many people have reported feeling.

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