They were X-Box friends for over a decade
Once upon a time, meeting people online carried a lot of baggage. If you were “online dating” you were mocked. It was considered shameful, for some reason, to resort to using technology to find a mate.
In this age of Tinder and Grindr and other apps I have no practical awareness of because I’ve been married for ten years (I even met my wife online! We wrote for the same blog though, we weren’t losers!), using the web to meet people is just the way it works.
Although it usually leads to actually meeting the people…
Charles Powell recently wed his girlfriend, Myra, in a presumably tasteful ceremony outside Cincinnati. But the bride isn’t the story here; the best man is. Because Charles had never met him before his wedding day.
15 years of playing on Xbox live. The first time we have ever met, and he’s a groomsman in my wedding. Online friends are real life friends. pic.twitter.com/2rEAXozZtr
— Black Star (@ChuckNyce116) November 16, 2017
Metro.co.uk has the details on Charles and his groomsmen, the three of whom met via X-Box online some 15 years ago.
Back in 2003, Charlie was playing something called “Phantasy Star” when he needed a magical item called “monofluid” and asked the player named “Sinjo” for help acquiring it. (This story requires lots of “this is kind of ridiculous” quotation marks.) Sinjo introduced Charlie to WilL B, who then introduced them all to Grimmjo (no relation).
The foursome has been friends ever since, Charlie told Metro. But with all of them living in separate places – Detroit, Ohio, Nashville – they never had the chance to meet. Until Charlie proposed to Myra. He invited all three of his online friends to the wedding but asked “Josephf” – that’s actually his name – to be his best man, having grown closest with him.
This is a nice story and all, but it seems a bit dicey to be meeting these guys during your wedding weekend, which, if I remember correctly, isn’t exactly the most chill time in the world. But Charlie swears it went off without a hitch. And how would the bride react to not being the sole center of attention?
“I picked Josephf up from the airport on the Thursday before the wedding. My fiancée (wife now) would always hear him on the microphone we use so she’s seen him on Facebook and things but we all basically met for the first time then…The other two guys were not in the wedding but I saw them right before the ceremony…[Myra] treated Josephf as he was family. Since she always heard him for 4 years she knew we were close friends and treated him as such.”
Let’s hope she treats him better than Sarah Michelle Gellar treats gamers!