There are some problems discouraging conversation. The main ones I can see are :
1 -To start typing, you have to hit a key like space first. You can't just start typing the words because so many commands have been connected to letters without ctrl/alt (bad idea). So although it's small, it's annoying to hit space at every sentence. In FFXI, if you hit any letter without Ctrl/alt, it assumes you're typing and starts inputting it as such. It worked, it should be copied.
2 - The major problem, the chat log needs a 50% opaque background. Full transparency makes chat text extremely unlikely to be noticed. It's also a ***** to read it, so I for one avoided conversing altogether.
3 - Can't ctrl-R reply to /tells, so nobody bothers doing private conversations. Not to mention the 2 name thing...
So yeah, as I see things, there are actual forces against conversing in the game right now.
Edited, Sep 17th 2010 6:49pm by RattyBatty
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