A friend at work told me about how he met his wife when they were both active players of Worlds of Warcraft, a massively multiplayer online game (mmog). I guess as part of the game play you get to know one another. And, I suppose, in real life one thing leads to another.
It's nice I'm sure because right off the bat you find out you have something in common. It's not much different than meeting someone in a running club or a painting class. It just so happens that what you are doing when you meet is not real.
They are a happy couple and I wouldn't be at all surprised if there are thousands of other examples of the same things happening in this and other games. And yes, it does make me think that in some way perhaps the gameplaying community could recognize this and perhaps do something about it (maybe cross the functionality of match.com into the game).
Of course I bet that an idea like that would leave the majority of gamers howling about selling out.
Then again I also bet that there's also a huge number of those howlers who wouldn't mind going on a date and haven't done so in quite a while.
I just find it fascinating and in some ways a little heartwarming. Nice to hear how technology can actually connect rather than seemingly further divide us at times.