So, the text-only crowd are inept, sniveling jerk-offs now?
Is that what you think? I know it's not what I said, so it must be coming from you.
Look, you tried to validate the presence of voice through the fact we use it commonly in reality. And it's all well and good for that random, social element if you wish to seek it out. Conversely, I'd argue we're all capable of reading if we're playing an MMO. Some faster than others, yes, and this also applies to typing. Additionally, text doesn't carry with it an accent or other physical or lingual dispositions even if restricting yourself to one language. I say pop instead of soda. I tend to drop the g on -ing words. I've even been told I have a bit of a twang even though I vehemently disagree. So, whether you talk like you're from Fargo, Boston, Texas, or Miami, some people will need to adjust. Some might not always be able to because we don't sit there and recite dictionaries to each other just to play, "Can you hear me now?" the sequel.
So you're insecure about your dialect? I'm Canadian. I get a a kick out of southern American accents. I make fun of my own dialect whenever one of my American neighbors brings it up. It's good times. I've never had difficulty understanding an American, French Canadian, or eastern Canadian dialect. I've done end-game in guilds with English speaking Mexicans and Puerto Ricans and never had a problem understanding them. Maybe some people do. If they do, I wouldn't say it makes them stupid or lacking, just maybe that they need to invest more time listening so that they get a feel for the different pronunciations and inflections.
Yet, I'm childish due to personal preference (privacy, maturity, etc., take your pick) or literal need to keep my aural sense unfettered because things going at home are far more important than slaying digital dragons. I live in an old home. Sometimes I have to run downstairs to put the washing machine back on track. Sometimes I hear my dog getting into sh*t he shouldn't be. Sometimes the breaker in the kitchen pops and I have to go reset it. Sometimes I'm babysitting my nieces and nephew. Sometimes I just wanna listen to the frickin' news.
So you're of the impression that using voice chat means you have to have the volume cranked such that hearing anything other than the VC channel is an impossibility? I'd say try turning down the volume so that you can hear it but also hear other things if you need to so that you can attend to what needs attending in your home and still be able to receive critical information about what's going on in the group you chose to join. That's why I look at your reasoning as not more than a bunch of thinly veiled rationalizations to mask your general discomfort. It's also why I've given you all kinds of space to hold an opinion about VC until you decided that the best way to get your point across was to take shots at the people who make use of VC as a mainstay in MMORPG large-group communication.
Those brief, sometimes longer, AFKs may be reason enough to declare I'm holding something back, but I'm also grown up enough to extend the same luxury to others and accept occasionally missing out on things if I do have to suddenly go.
Reasonable people make generous allowances for RL intrusions because they're unavoidable in most cases. I'm not so sure I'd want someone around who was so obsessed with the game that they'd ignore higher priority things going on around them for the sake of remaining glued in their chair. Even the most dedicated but reasonable person is going to get an important phonecall or be distracted by someone or something in their home from time to time. Unavoidable is unavoidable. That has no bearing in the viability or non-viability of voice chat other than the minor benefit of being able to scroll up after an AFK to check something you may have missed. You know how that's avoided in a VC scenario? Take those well-honed typing skills and put them into good use by typing, "afk brb" in the group text channel before bolting from your chair. That's just a general courtesy that takes all of a couple of seconds to do, meaning unless your niece or nephew bleeding profusely or is on fire, you have no real excuse not to. When you get back, you announce your return and it will usually take all of 10-15 seconds to give you the abbreviated version of your particular role. Problem solved.
But my sense is that you're not interested in solutions. Solutions to your excuses would mean you'd have to acknowledge what they are...excuses...and then you'd be left with not but a personal preference. Which I would respect, regardless of your reasoning...I just wouldn't be jumping at the opportunity to involve you in large group content should we wind up crossing paths in FFXIV.
Me not listening to voice chat, me not sitting through a leader's spiel for the dozenth time with a new member, me taking and wanting as much info on an event before diving in, is not holding people back.
Forcing the leader to type out the spiel for the newcomer is better than expediting the process with VC is better how, exactly?
Forget VC for a second. If you're in an endgame group that I'm responsible for leading and you're complaining about time spent reviewing strategy, I'd suggest that you sit tight and endure it or leave. If you're fine with just diving in and having people learn on the fly, either the game you're playing is disturbingly simple, you're sharing a group with world-class players, or you simply need to accept that a great many people prefer to invest a little extra time setting themselves up for success by getting everyone on the same page. Not every group is going to follow a strategy pulled from the web to the letter. Good leaders who know their groups will tweak and adjust to suit the strengths and weaknesses of a group.
Yes, I will rag on any leader that opts to use voice exclusively for prep. Too much room for error there unless they're reading from a script (lol?).
And that room for error is lessened by typing how, exactly?
Throw in game add-ons or windower plug-ins and half the time the so-called difficulty of encounters is lost, anyway. And unless you get utterly decimated by an event, people are only virgins once. Even then, you have bigger issues on your hands than relaying commands.
If the game is so ludicrously easy that groups comprised of Joe Average type players are learning on the fly and downing content without a refined strategy, that's unfortunate. You can downplay the benefits of group strategy all you want. Many people will disagree with you.
I will thank you, Aur, for representing my fear. I mentioned people claiming it standard. You backed it up. I said people have and will exclude others who won't. You said you'd do the same because, by your own admission, you believe you'll be held back. I'm not the one looking to segregate people with this. In that vein, I simply believe mandatory voice/listening policies are wrong. Even as opt-in, there's still pressure and your present opinion we have to contend with.
A standard for large group endgame, yes. Small groups, low-mid level content, etc...not at all. I'm sorry you apparently have so little respect for the people you share the content with that listening to the news is more important than contributing as best you can. I'm sorry that adjusting volume settings is such an onerous task for you that all you can hear is the VC and nothing else in your home. I'm not looking to segregate people...I'm just saying that I'm not willing to hold the entire group hostage for longer than necessary to accommodate the people who can't be bothered to work with the group instead of playing as an individual within it. True team play requires communication, and forgoing the best available method of efficient communication in favor of people who want to preserve an anti-social bubble doesn't appeal to me. The world must be an extraordinarily irritating place for you if the voices of strangers arouses such anxiety.