Gamer Meets Groomsman IRL For The First Time On His Wedding Day

This Xbox player invited a fellow gamer he’d been playing with online for nearly 15 years to be the groomsman at his wedding.  They’d never met.

This is a story for those who have struck up genuinely strong online relationships with fellow gamers.

28-year-old Charles Powell from Cincinnati met Joe Walters, who lives in Detroit, in 2003 when they were both playing Phantasy Star Online on the original Xbox.  He was just 13-years-old at the time.

What started with a conversation about an item he needed, blossomed into a close friendship over the years.  Through Walters, Powell met two other players, William Brown, from Tennessee, and Joey Morris, who lives in Baltimore.  The four had a lot in common and quickly started sending each other messages and coordinating times to play together.

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Over the years, the group had made plans to meet but were never able to make it work for a number of reasons.  When Powell invited them to his wedding, they decided this was the perfect opportunity to meet in person.

Despite having never met him face-to-face, Powell felt that the bond with Walters was so strong that he asked him to be his groomsman, standing next to him at the altar.

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I met my wife online (away from gaming) and she relocated from America to live with me in the UK, so I know that online relationships can work.  With that being said, the commitment to keep friendships strong through the years is a real challenge and it is a testament to this group of online friends that they’ve kept the bond alive through the years.

You can read the full interview on BuzzFeed News.

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