When you’ve spent a lot of time in a game, and within a community, you start to think of these people as your friends. Some of them even as family. Although you may not have ever met in person, the bonds you from with these online friends is real. Some, however, do go on to meet in person. Romances have budded from online gaming, and lifelong friendships have been formed. This is why it is always so sad when we lose one of our own.