Why are gaming clans called clans?

Mar 1, 2014 at 1:15 PM
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Wikipedia says: "A clan is a group of people united by actual or perceived kinship and descent." In gaming clans there is usually no kinship nor descent. I am in a gaming clan for years, but I can only give theories. Anyone knows the answer?

I always thought it's like a "ninja clan" - and under "clan" I understood a group of soldiers who train together. The above definition introduces kinship and descent. :S
Mar 1, 2014 at 4:06 PM
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They do it to continue the nerdy Dungeons Dragons feel.
Mar 1, 2014 at 5:12 PM
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Sometimes they are called guilds instead, or just plain groups/teams. Just depends on what you'd like to call 'em

I guess someone thought that the word clan sounded way cool so they just went with that
Mar 1, 2014 at 7:06 PM
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trickybilly said:
perceived kinship and descent.
You bolded the wrong words. There's your answer.