Quoting Amelia Margaret:" I couldn't handle dating someone online for years and years and never meeting them. I have met some people ... [snip!] ... and maintained a valuable friendship with them for years without ever meeting though. Mostly because of video games. "
I met some people on World of Warcraft, we started a guild together and one night we found out that they lived like 2 hours away from us so they came up and stayed for a few hours and it was awesome and they come visit regularly. We've been best friends for a little more than 2 years now.
I have another friend that I also met on WoW but never met in person [mainly because she lives in canada.] and we've been great friends for almost 3 years and still talk regularly.