To speak. Definitely to speak.

In one of my trademark changes of heart, stolen straight from Mr Burns, I’m going to come down on the side of voice chat. With the right setup and the right people it’s not the tower of babble at all. Instead, it’s a useful tool and a neat way to get to know people, especially when you’re running for your life (usually unsuccessfully with my WH) in RvR. And with mandatory push-to-talk nobody has to hear my expletives when that same tank kills me AGAIN.

I remain a little worried that voice chat will replace guild chat, which would be a great shame. Not everyone like voice chat (I should know, I was one of them), and more importantly people should’t be forced to try it until they’re ready. I’m therefore going to make a special effort to talk as much in guild chat as I always have, which, if you know me, is a lot. So no worries there.

Thanks again to my fellow CoWs, who have made what I expected to be a fraught and uncomfortable experience a rather pleasant one. Bet you wish you’d kept me off Vent!

If you’re on the fence about voice chat and you’re in Casualties (or any other friendly, noninvasive group of people), I urge you to come and lurk a little. Nobody is made to talk when they don’t want to, which is nice — you can lurk to your heart’s content. It’s not massively noisy, and there wasn’t so much chatter that I couldn’t concentrate on the game. Okay, now and then I was laughing too hard to play, but that goes in the plus column. Definitely a thumbs-up.

(PS – Manamar, I saw you lurking. /wave )

(… can you see someone lurking in a chat channel? eh, whatever.)

5 responses to “To speak. Definitely to speak.

  1. I lurk, therefore I listen 🙂

    It was interesting to hear the chat, even though I didn’t have a flipping clue what was going on, not having a direct from of reference and all that. Still, nice to see Vent being used as a social tool as much as an organisational one.

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  2. Yeah it was good. It works really well when trying to catch up with other CoWs in the middle of a scenario or when you’re in a scenario and to communicate where those Order dorks are attacking next.

    Order crushing continued on Friday evening and into the early morning. I think we lost once, which was rather bad, and a few other times we pulled off some close wins. I’m not sure how many scenarios we played, but I managed to get to level 7 in RR and regular rank. Good fun.

    Order sucks. 😛

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  3. I agree, Smaken, though I’ll be *much* happier when we have subchannels and I don’t have to get a blow-by-blow of 2-3 people doing PQs or whatnot while in the general channel. I love my fellow CoWs, but after a few hours that was grinding my nerves so much I just muted Vent. 😉

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  4. I found my old headset. I installed Vent. I entered all the sign-in info.

    Then I stopped… I feel like everyone is a Vent expert and I’m going to be on there blowing out people’s ear-drums or not being heard at all, and it’ll just be a string of me jabbering “Hello? HELLLOOOO? Can anybody hear me? HELLO!!??”

    I gotta get past that. I hate talking on the phone too. I guess I just dislike disembodied voices. 🙂

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  5. I’m no Vent expert but I still got it to mostly work — and with VentOverlay running with the WAR client, I at least get to see whose disembodied voice it is. (Somehow I’ve managed to get it working when others haven’t, mostly by dint of ticking all the tickable options until something went right.)

    Right now everyone does tend to be either too loud or too quiet, but you can lower/raise individual volumes to alleviate that a little — and you can ask folks if it’s at their end and nobody minds. It’s still not perfect, and I’ll just turn it off when I’ve had enough of chatting.

    Lurking is fine. Where Vent does shine is for RvR — it’s helpful to be able to say “ackackackackack!!heeeeellllpppp meeeeee!” instead of having to type it out. 😀

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