League of Legends finally adds voice chat

For years now, we’ve been accepting our hostile insults and hyper-constructive criticism in League of Legends through team chat like chumps. Well, that’s all going to change with this week’s Patch 8.7, as the MOBA finally integrates voice chat into its game client. Now people can shout right in your ears what a loser you are!

Okay, that might be looking at this from a strictly negative perspective. Voice chat is obviously key to a tightly coordinated team, and while there are plenty of third-party options for League of Legends fans, it’s nice to know that the game will provide its own system for those who need it.

Riot Games resisted adding voice chat for almost a decade before now, saying that it was worried such a system would “lead to toxic behaviors.” It publicly changed its mind last year and began to work on such a system in the hopes that it would promote teamwork.

Source: PCGamesN
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Mewmew

Am I one of the only ones that finds voice chat to be off putting and not enjoyable? I realize that I’m coming from a past where I heard horrible things over voice chat on consoles that stuck with me and really made me hate it, but I also can’t really let myself be immersed in gaming that much hearing random people chatting while playing.

I dislike hearing them speaking more than I dislike talking myself. Maybe it has something to do with my personality, it definitely has something to do with my previous experiences, but I simply do not enjoy it at all.

I guess if I was playing strictly with friends, or depending on the type of game, I’d be good. Maybe it’s that I try to immerse myself too much when gaming. It’s neither enjoyable for me to speak nor hear others speaking while gaming. I want them to use other tools to communicate in game.

I hate to use the word “traumatized” as easily as people seem to, but I really *do* feel like I was traumatized by the stuff random internet strangers said to me in voice chat when I was quite a young girl still excited about the prospect of playing and chatting online with people. Maybe that’s my whole issue.

Am I alone? Are there others who don’t like to hear the voices of random internet people chatting while playing?

I know it’s something a lot of people want these days, but is it a majority of people or just that the people who do want it are loud and noisy about wanting it?

I really don’t think I’d feel any different if I was a guy gamer either. While I’m a bit more relaxed if it’s all other female players, I still don’t really enjoy it at all. So I don’t think it’s a gender thing, although some of what I experienced when younger that turned me off so hard was sort of gender related.

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Andrew Ross

From the original article:
“It’s worth noting that it’s currently only available for premade groups (who have never heard of Skype or Discord), and Riot are unlikely to roll it out to other groups for the foreseeable future.”

Again, premades already had other options so doing this feels like such a waste of resources, but at least Riot knows (for now) not to throw players into pit.

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Armsbend

This is making me want to play just to see how next level cringe this can get.

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Loopy

As much as I sincerely hope that it will indeed promote teamwork, my experience with competitive games with integrated voice chat says quite the opposite.

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Robert Mann

Nope, will just be toxic as normal. We’ve already seen how people will act so long as nothing else changes. This is just that wonderful definition of insanity, expecting change without reason.

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NeoWolf

But do we REALLY want to hear other players in LoL? Have you ever watched Twitch streams of LoL? The commentary of players is rarely something not only worth hearing but that would typically be allowed to be aired before the watershed haha

(Not sure if the watershed phrase translates for the non british?? but basically it refers to the time after which TV programs can air more mature content i.e after the kids have gone to bed).

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Armsbend

The closest thing we yanks have is “take you out to the woodshed” which translates to beating someone mercilessly.

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Axetwin .

Oh that’s just what this game needed. A way for people to abuse others WITHOUT a transcript of it.

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Satyros

It has a key difference with, say, Dota 2 voice chat.
You can only use it if you make a group with people before the game.
Unless your friends are abusing you or you decide to include someone you don’t know to your party, they cannot talk to you.
Very smart decision by Riot.
I consider them to be one of the best in handling toxicity in the current industry.

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Sorenthaz

It’s funny how many things they used to make excuses for not doing, but have now done so in the past year or two.

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semugh

it will be like CSGO chat or PUBG chat, it will be glorious lol…