I have a couple of questions about the social gaming habits of my fellow atheists. (I'll post my own habits after the questions.)
(1) What games, if any do you play online?
(2) What sort of organizations are you involved with in the game(s) you play online? (Clan, Guild, whatever)
(3) How does the social interactions you have while playing affect your gaming experience?
(4) What would you think about Atheist, or Atheism, -centric gaming groups in game? (Clans, Guilds, etc) Why?
(5) How many people do you know outside of gaming that play the same online games you play? How many of those people are other atheists/agnostics/whatever? How many people in your local group do you know that play some online game or games?
I play some FPS on Xbox, but my connection is pretty crap due to my location, so I tend to get too frustrated to play often. Additionally, I have roommates who feel they have some right to use the internet they help pay for- no idea what gave them that misperception- which further degrades my connection statistics. I play at odd times and not as often as I did when I lived alone.
I also play World of Warcraft (WoW). I started because I knew several people IRL who played, and eventually they wore me down. I got into PvP and absolutely fell in love with the complexity and intensity of the game. I play Horde- bec ause the Alliance is pampered children, duh- on Laughing Skull (US). My main is a level 80 Tauren Feral(cat) Druid named Nodivinity, and my alt is a level 70 Undead Holy Priest named Antitheistic. (I have several lesser alts that I almost never play, almost all with some sort of atheist themed name.)
Nod is currently in a guild getting prepared for the new Rated BG system in Cataclysm. I was in a great social guild a year ago, but most of those people stopped playing. I only recently started again.
When I play CoD, my clan tag is NAFA, the acronym (yes, we do say it like it's a word) of the local group.
I know a handful of people who play Call of Duty and about as many who do or have played WoW. None of the WoW players are on my server, more's the pity. I have some friends who still play, but not nearly as many who did before, that I know outside of game.
I absolutely love and crave the social aspects of the game. I love playing with people I can joke around and chat with. It definitely adds to the game; and I'd much rather be in a guild that makes fun of stuff together, than a guild where I like no one but it gets me into high end raiding content. In CoD I'd rather play for a couple hours with friends I can chat with, than with people who never talk but always win. Of course, it's always best when we're doing good; but I've had great times failing miserably while laughing with friends. As contrast, I've never had fun failing miserably while I was by myself.
I'm very interested in other people's opinions on this. Thanks in advance for your participation in my unscientific poll, and please encourage your gaming friends to participate.