For starters, the fact they are whiling away the hours in the same place you are gives you something in common straight away. Do they run and leave you behind at the first sign of trouble? The fact that the everyday topics count for little within a virtual world can be liberating.
The type of character they have chosen, their attitude to in-game money, their attitude to other players, how they handle the pressure of combat and their reaction to winning or losing; all of these things can tell you a lot about a personality. Who cares what your job is, how much your house cost or who you voted for at the last election?
There is no doubt that MMORPGs have a strong social element and with millions of people playing it is no surprise that more and more people are making new friends and meeting partners.
A number of MMO games have introduced in-game marriage features and the practice may be more common than you realise.
The majority of relationships started online don’t work out, but it is worth pointing out that the majority of relationships that start in "Real Life" don’t work out either.
When it comes to friendships, MMOs are a whole different thing.
Many people start playing an MMO game in the first place because a friend recommended it.
You may never even meet in real life but you can still be a supportive friend to someone.According to the survey results from the Daedalus Project – where they conducted interviews with over 2000 MMO gamers – around 80% of females and 60% of males have flirted with another player, 50% of females and 22% of males have developed romantic feelings for another player, and 29% of females and 8% of males have physically dated someone they first met in a MMO. 85% of all MMO gamers are men so your odds of finding love in MMOs, (assuming you are looking for a woman) aren’t great. You may also want to think about age: people of all ages play MMOs now, and if you are 18 years old it may be a nasty shock to discover you’ve fallen for a 42 year old.Many people looking for relationships online are looking for short term physical gratification (if you know what I mean).Dating sites, social sites like My Space or Face Book and even online chat often comes with a photo attached or a profile detailing jobs, likes and dislikes.When it comes to MMORPGs you have nothing to go on – or do you?