A friend of mine is ill; she has to have an operation.
This is a woman I have never met. She's heard my voice, I've never heard hers. I have no idea what she looks like. Or what her real name is. So yes, of course, she's a game friend. That makes her no less real, vital or important to me than any of the ones I physically see. Of course, all you here in a gaming community know this. But she's not part of this community (so please don't cast worried looks upon the womenfolk here). So I'm feeling slightly guilty about the amount of time I'm spending here, and how little time I've spent with her lately.
But, and I can't quite believe I'm quoting such trite stuff, I saw this yesterday and it's true in my case - good friends are like stars, you can't always see them but they are always there. I hope she knows that.
Apologies this is such a personal blogpost, but it is relevant to my understanding of what is meant by a gaming community.