After his initial "hi" the next thing this guy said was "How old r u? I'm 22."
It always surprises me how quickly people feel the need to ask this in game. I'm generally "in" the role of my character, so another character's puppet string controller's age is not something I'm going to ask any time soon. However, if I find that a friendship is building between puppet masters, then it certainly makes sense to wonder and ask.
I feel exactly the same way on every point in the above paragraph. Even in SecondLife one can be any age, any race, culture, animal, alien, etc. that they want to be. Age is not an issue until it needs to be and a deeper friendship forming is basically the only reason for me. From my experience, the people that immediately volunteer their age are the younger ones. No earthly idea why.
When I played EQ years ago, I tried to stay in character as much as possible and I wasn't even on the FV server. I had great fun with that. Example:
Random player approaching me: Will u sow me?
Me: *Looks quizzically at the person in front of me and tries to determine what language is being spoken*
Random player: Huh?
Me: *Tilts head to the side and runs through a mental checklist of possible languages this could be, although it is not one with which I'm familiar*
Random player: I'm speaking English!!!!
Me: English? Hmmmm, is that from a far-reaching continent of Norrath?
Random player: Wut?
Me: I shall have to journey to Erudin. Perhaps one of the scholars can be of assistance in deciphering this new tongue.
Random player: Are u going to sow me or wut?
Me: I wish I could help you but I am sorry I cannot understand your speech pattern. Good day.
I used variations of this; sometimes I "chastised" the person for not using "please" in a request for sow, bind, tp, etc. It provided me with amusement at least.
In SecondLife I was recently asked to dance and, after accepting and beginning to dance, next comment/question was:
Him: I'm 25, single and live in India. You?
Me: I'm immortal, single and live in the US.
He didn't blink at the "immortal" and we had a nice dance and conversation. (Files that one to use again.)
What has surprised me, as an old fart (well not as old as Jonwin, thankfully!), is that it's often the young players that pleasantly surprise me.
Very true and in EQ I've encountered teens that are quite mature and supposedly mature "adults" who act like children.