TLDR: Voice chat, don't like it unless nessecary. Your thoughts?
Am i the only one in the world that absolutely hates voice chat in games? I understand that voice chat has its place, like in FPSs where you don't really have the time to stop playing and type something, or endgame raids where text is flying by so fast that you dont have time to read everyhing and you're leader has to give orders.
but as far as normal playing goes, i would really prefer that they keep voice chat out of the game.
guilds can still have vent servers or whatever for endgame but i would hate to have to listen to it on a regular basis, like in regular EXP/mission/quest parties.
My reasoning is quite simple, I just think that it really really ruins the atmosphere of the game. I'm not a role player by any means, its not really the immersion that i have a problem with, but just the fact that most of the time, people have their mic levels jacked way too high or just have a low quality mic in general, the end result is a horrible quality, tinny sounding voice coming through you're speakers constantly. I enjoy the atmposphere and music of games, and whenever somebody starts talking it really kinda ruins it for me, especially when i have to turn the volume down because its that much louder than everything else. i know there is usually an option to turn voice chat off but that would cause me to miss much of what is being said.... which would not work out in an MMO.
I've been playing a lot of White Knight Chronicles lately and, the voice chat is really ******* me off. It all just sounds so abnoxious whenever somebody talks, no matter what they are saying.
Again, i'm not saying that voice chat does not have its place in XIV, it can come in very handy for endgame, but if it is made available through the game itself, instead of an outside client, i tihnk it would be used for all things group related, which would really get to me after a while.
I know that the dev's have said that voice chat is unlikely going to be included with the game at launch, but could possibly be implemented at a later time.
does anybody else agree with me? or am i the only one that thinks voice chat comes across as abnoxious and un-immersing (for lack of a better term)
Edited, Feb 8th 2010 11:43pm by MrNumptyk