It’s 2002 somewhere in the USA.
This friend, Magnetron, is, in your mind, an English gentleman from the 1900s, who served in World War One, was an immigrant, a poet, and most obviously, an awesome Starcraft player.
With an incredible vivid and elaborate backstory, you would spend hours conversing with your friend. It may have been absurd, but it seemed so real, much to the puzzlement of his parents, but provided much ammunition for teasing by his sisters.
Magnetron was a microwave.
This is a true story.