As one gamer told a Stanford University researcher, in “real life ... we have little reliance on others and individuals are rarely thrown into life-or-death situations.�? These games attempt to simulate those missed experiences which require mutual trust for survival. In real life, we may not have comrades-in-arms, but online we can have “dotcomrades�?—friends to whom we pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor (virtually, that is).
I was looking at the Urban Dictionary and found a great word that communicates what many young people are experiencing. Many people in today’s culture have long distance friendships through the internet. The word that is being used for this is “dotcomrade.�? It means to have an acquaintance or someone that you chat with but have never actually met. Basically digital friendships! So who’s your dotcomrade?