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Posted: Mar 5th 2010 8:06AM (Unverified) said

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depends if i am on the 360 or the PC.. if i am on my PC i would like to think i am myself, BUT on the 360 i tend to devolve into a douchbag, you know to fit in? lol

Posted: Mar 5th 2010 8:49AM Thac0 said

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I very much dislike voice chat in MMOs. I will use it to coordinate in FPS games where you cant type and shoot well however.

Posted: Mar 5th 2010 9:09AM (Unverified) said

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As a raidleader in WoW I find life so much easier with a teamspeak server. The only problem is feeling like a complete tard when you're the only one in the raid doing any talking and the rest type. Thus I prefer inviting talkative people :p

Posted: Mar 5th 2010 10:20AM (Unverified) said

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I love voice chat. I'm so raw my flow peels paint off walls and twists the 'nads of many. But that's half the fun. Gettin out the Lube and giving people the "Meat Helmet" : P

Posted: Mar 5th 2010 9:48AM elocke said

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I treat it the same way I do the phone. I only talk if I have too. Personally, I'm not a fan of either. But if it's necessary. Well, you get the picture.

Posted: Mar 5th 2010 9:50AM Stormwaltz said

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I don't use voice chat. I don't even have a mic connected to my computer. I'll listen if someone else is uses it, but don't care to myself.

Posted: Mar 5th 2010 9:54AM (Unverified) said

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I'm not a very good public speaker. I often find myself embarrassed and intimidated when speaking in ventrilo, even with long-time friends. With new friends, or people I've never met face-to-face, the problem exacerbates itself, and I'm quite certain that the intimidation and shyness in my voice shows quite well. Additionally, my voice is very deep and scratchy. I can often sense an intimidated reaction from people unaccustomed to my voice coming through ventrilo.

Posted: Mar 5th 2010 9:55AM (Unverified) said

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Addendum:

Naturally, this causes problems for me when trying to establish and nurture new relationships and friendships in games and over the internet.
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Posted: Mar 5th 2010 10:00AM Muddleglum said

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I dislike voice chat. I avoid it at all costs. Only when manditory, and only to listen, then I'm out.

I don't care how wasted you got last night, no I don't want to hear about it. I don't want to hear about your supposed sexual exploits, and the endless vulgarity. It's all so tiresome..

Over the past 12 years or so I have found I have next to nothing in common with the general populace of MMO's, save for the fact that sometimes we play the same game.

Posted: Mar 5th 2010 10:00AM (Unverified) said

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While I understand voice chat's inherent value in enhancing complicated in-game activities, I truly hate it as a feature, and try to avoid it as much as possible unless I am online with a specific group of good friends.

Even though I don't generally role play, part of the reason I play MMOs is to immerse myself in a fictional world. With voice chat, this veil is lifted and replaced with all the common annoyances I'm trying to escape from in the first place. Angry spousal nagging? Check. Kids begging for parental attention? Check. Profanity-laced teen tirades? Check. Unsolicited political bluster? Check. Horrible music blaring in the background? Check.

Thanks, but I'll stick with the keyboard.

Posted: Mar 5th 2010 10:06AM (Unverified) said

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Bah, if you play an MMO, you gotta use TS/Vent/whatever. Getting to actually know the people you play with is a lot of fun, and it's far more efficient than typing.

Also, with EVE Online comes awesome accents. Unless you play on a non-NA server or have EU friends, you have yet to experience the brilliance of them. ;)

As far as people mentioning all the annoyances that come with using a mic-I just don't hear those things often at all to be honest, and I'm a player who's on Vent whenever he's in-game. Maybe you guys just need cooler corpmates/guildies. ^^

Posted: Mar 5th 2010 10:45AM koehler83 said

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I'm a soft spoken person, so I'm constantly having to shout just to be heard over a mic. I really hate it. As a result I tend to avoid voice com at pretty much any opportunity.

Posted: Mar 5th 2010 11:05AM (Unverified) said

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Don't use it. Don't like it.

Ill listen in if I "have to" during a raid/instance but once its over im done with it. I would much rather listen to my own music or the games sounds then other players.

I used to use it on my X-Box but all the racism, hate and trash talk really ruined any benefit of using it.

Posted: Mar 5th 2010 12:13PM Alpha Gamer said

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I will use voice chat for PvP and major raids, otherwise I'd rather be watching TV while I play. I'm pretty casual on voice comms but in text I tend to do a lot more teasing and am even more sarcastic than normal.

Posted: Mar 5th 2010 12:29PM Faryon said

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I'm usually pretty quiet on vent... except when I'm drunk

Posted: Mar 5th 2010 1:03PM mdisloki said

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I'm probably just a paranoid lunatic, but I really hate the sound of my own voice, so I can only imagine how much other people hate it. I used vent for a couple of months and then stopped. Any time since then that I have needed it for commnication I tell people my mic is broken but I can hear the instructions/conversation.

Posted: Mar 5th 2010 1:16PM Dumac said

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Don't be silly, nobody hates your voice! There is no reason for anyone to hate your voice unless you have a tendency to shout or something.

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I prefer not to talk because english is not my native language so i am shy and afraid i will sound funny or even not understandable when i talk. I only ever use voice chat when a raid leader asks and i only listen to what others have to say or use short sentences...
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Posted: Mar 5th 2010 2:04PM mdisloki said

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You're right, it is very silly. I use to do a lot of stage acting and I've actaully been told I should go into radio or television, so it can't be nearly as awful as I imagine.
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Posted: Mar 5th 2010 2:02PM (Unverified) said

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Honestly I don't know how you can't use it. If you are typing, you aren't fighting. And that little bit of time wasted can change the tide of a battle. By the time you type out that you need a heal, you are probably already dead. There is a very specific reason why many guilds insist on voice coms during group battles: why not use a rather simple tool to lessen your chances of a group wipe?

As someone who usually plays a healer, I rarely will group with anyone who can't be arsed to speak up when they need something. Or can't hear me when I tell them the corner they just stupidly went around lost my line of sight. I'm too busy looking at health bars and watching to interrupt mobs to read chat just because you'd rather play music or pretend you are your avatar.

When I first started playing MMOs in 2003 with Shadowbane I was hesitant to use it and especially to speak. But that happens when you are the only chick in the channel. Over the years and through different games and guilds I've had my fair share of loss of respect as a gamer once my rather girly voice came out. Not to mention the vulgar come ons, reading between the lines and a range of douchebaggery. But really, when that crap happens you just find different people to game with. What's the point of playing with others if you don't actually get along with them?

Personally now if I'm not on voice coms, I might as well just play a single player game. Nothing breaks up the tedium of the grind like cracking jokes and telling stories with people you enjoy being around. Then you have getting to know types of people in different places you normally wouldn't. And of course you have the drunken skirmishes (lotro) which can be hilarious.

In txt chat I'm short, upfront and to the point. And generally late in responding because I rarely pay attention to it. In voice I'm how I am normally: quiet at times and snarky at others.

Posted: Mar 5th 2010 2:19PM Johny B said

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hehe, i'm "sarcasm inc." over voice comms, and "rofl central" over txt

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