I’ve heard the states called a melting pot for different cultures. A lot of people from different parts of the world come to live here. I just recently really started understanding just how many different cultures there are here.
A couple friends and I recently joined a clan in a game we play. About a week after joining the clan, a few of the members asked me to join voice chat. I’m a shy guy, so obviously I didn’t want to, but eventually I caved and joined their voice channel. It was pretty awkward cause I didn’t know any of them. The reason they invited me to the voice chat was because I mentioned that I had an accent while we were playing, so they got curious about it. They did say that I had an accent, and I noticed that a couple of them had accents too. I later found out that one of them is Korean, not sure about the others.
The clan we joined is fairly casual, but there are a few players that are pretty hardcore. One of these players asked my friend and I to run some dungeons with him since we had fairly good gear. After a while, he got to thinking about joining a raid group. Raid groups are basically big groups of people who team up to clear really hard dungeons in the game. Sometimes, it could take weeks to fully learn and clear these dungeons. In the game we play, raid groups are capped at 24 people. Anyway, the guy we met in the clan knew someone from another clan who was looking for people to fill in spots for their raid group. We decided to join them to see whether we liked them or not. The only major concern we had was the software they use for communicating isn’t what we use and we were a bit resistant to changing. In the end, we did download the program and got onto their server, it wasn’t as bad as we thought, but we still preferred the software we usually use.
As soon as we got on, we could hear a lot of them talking. It was pretty weird, we could hear a bunch of different people with different accents. There were men, women, even a few kids. The guy from our clan was talking too, we noted that he had a slight southern accent. There was a guy that sounded German to me but my friend thought he didn’t sound German. A lot of people, my friends and I included, had our microphones muted. We figured we didn’t need to add our voices to the cacophony, but we all knew that we were really just too awkward to talk talk to all those people.
Listening and talking to all these people kinda made me realize just how diverse people in the States are. That’s from a small sample size too. It’s kinda weird to think about, but hearing all those people with different accents, however subtle or however obvious just made me think about how there are so many different people here and how the statement “America is a melting pot of cultures” is really true.