Many people do things through the Web. This can be very useful. It can save time and money. It can also short-change the local area.
A friend (Duncan) and I play board and card games at a local hobby store (High Octane Comics & Collectibles (their Facebook page). I might not have met Duncan otherwise, and he suggested another group (our next meetup) that we now both game with.
If Duncan and I were playing some on-line game, we might not have any other contact. Duncan is great for playing quite a few different games with.
Kamloops is not a large city, and it is nice to find people to game with. It is also very useful to be able to see games before purchasing them.
For the past few years, we have had had a gaming convention in Kamloops: Attack-X. This got going because of local contact. I met the head of the convention at High Octane.
High Octane and other gaming stores are very useful for meeting people. It is one reason why I give them business.
You can enjoy good company with people in your own community.