For many, the computer games they sit down to play every evening have become an extension of their social life.
In-game text chatting is often not enough for the serious player. Live conversation is becoming the norm for the tech savvy.
Voice chat programs such as Team Speak and Ventrillo are a popular addition to their gaming experience. Actually being able to talk to other players has become an essential part of gaming.
Unfortunately, most of the online conversations revolve around the game they're playing. Topics relating to the real world are often neglected if not frowned upon by gamers.
Experts in human relations are worried about the trend. "When you have people talking, you expect some level of relevant conversation," expressed sociologist Maya Post. "That Internet gamers focus on their fantasy world instead of current events is disconcerting."
Online activists have expressed these concerns in numerous online forums. "We like to play the games, but we also like talking with people," said one Spoof writer reached for comment.
"When I'm told to shut up for mentioning Bush's latest butchering of the American Way, these idiots really get on my nerves for not wanting to talk about it."
"Where are the free thinkers in the world?"
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