In sickness and in elf: Computer game fans marry each other in World Of Warcraft costumesWorld of Warcraft draws players into a virtual universe of battles and questsSome 11milion around the globe play World of Warcraft
Published: 10:19 BST, 21 November 2013 | Updated: 20:50 BST, 21 November 2013
World of Warcraft has been hugely successful in capturing the imagination of players across the world.
But the virtual universe of battles and quests was so enchanting to one couple in Taiwan that they decided to hold a World of Warcraft themed engagement party.
Craig and his wife-to-be Zoe dressed up as the fictional video game characters King Varien Wrynn and Tyrande Whisperwind.
Super fans: Craig and Zoe dressed up as characters from World of Warcraft for their engagement party in Taiwan
Dedication: The groom wore a suit of armor complete with a sword for the celebration
Attention to detail: Zoe wore a white flowing gown with embellishments from the hit game
Craig donned an imposing suit of armour complete with a sword, while Zoe wore a flowing white gown complete with a fantasy-driven embellishments.
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Their party proved to be a success – as part of Taiwanese tradition, weddings have two days of celebration that are both formal events.
The couple plan to get married in January.
Costumes: The pair’s costumes were made by especially for the occasion
Zoe wore a white dress with green and silver embellishments like her character Tyrande Whisperwind
Tradition: As part of Taiwanese tradition, weddings have two days of celebration that are both formal events
Some 11milion around the globe play World of Warcraft – making it the world’s most successful ‘MMORPG‘ – massively multi-player online role-playing game.
Many players will sit alone in their rooms for hours at a time, immersed in the lives of their fantasy character creations – or Avatars.
It may be good news the couple are both fans of the game – last year research warned online role-playing games such as World of Warcraft can seriously damage your marriage.
Many players will sit alone in their rooms for hours at a time, immersed in the lives of their fantasy character creations – or Avatars
Success: World of Warcraft is the world’s most successful ‘MMORPG‘ – massively multi-player online role-playing game
Celebrations: The happy couple pose with their guests
Details: The couple paid attention to detail in the preparations for their engagement party
The reception was in-keeping with the theme and guests were treated to appropriately themed food
Wives – or husbands – of fans of online ‘world’ games such as World of Warcraft find that the games cause arguments, as well as eating into time couples might spend together.
But there is hope for husbands hooked on online games such as Warcraft and Star Wars: The Old Republic – if you can just persuade your other half to join in, all will be well.
Around 75 per cent of spouses said that they wished their husbands would put less effort into levelling up their character, and more into their marriage, according to a Brigham Young University study of 349 couples with at least one online gamer.
Perhaps surprisingly, 36 per cent of online gamers are married.
The research found that 76 per cent of couples where both people played found that gaming was a positive influence.
Fans: Some 11milion gamers around the globe play World of Warcraft
Theme: flyff Guests get involved in the theme and brandish their swords
The happy couple pose for photos as guests take a moment to capture the party
Fiery: Guests were dazzled by the fiery props on display at the receptions
The couple had all the props specially prepared for the party to celebrate their up-coming nuptials