Not surprisingly, the United States is far and away my number one source for pageviews. What is surprising, is Russia at number two! I haven’t specifically targeted a Russian audience either. That goes to show MMOs are a great uniter of people. Who cares what country you’re from?! It does remind me of an awesome in game experience I had with someone from Russia this past year.
I was on my Bounty Hunter in Star Wars on Ilum. I met a player named Sorvel. If you’re an original player from Jung Ma, you might have seen him around. I had seen him around Ilum before on my Republic characters. He play(ed) an Imperial Agent. He told me he was from Russia, and that he didn’t speak very good English. He had rolled on Jung Ma to be with some friends, but they left the server. I asked him a ton of questions about Russia, including if he thought the United States and Russia were allies/friends. That particular question I had to ask three different ways to break the language barrier, but he had a very interesting response when I was finally able to get my question across. After that I kept him on my friends list and we would group up for Warzones and Ilum dailies. He would teach me a little Russian, and I would use Google Translate to butcher it. It was a really amazing experience. It’s just another reason I enjoy online games. You get to meet people from around the world, and learn about their culture. I lost touch with him, and I don’t think he’s even on the server anymore.
Sorvel if you ever manage to read this man, I hope you are well. It would be good to hear from you, so drop me a line to let me know if you’re doing ok.