Leaderboard: Do you use built-in voice chat systems with strangers in MMOs?

I’ve been playing a lot of Monster Hunter World when time permits, and while I’m enjoying the game, I’ve noticed it’s been, well, oddly silent. Initially, I thought maybe it was just a PlayStation 4 thing. Then a friend who roped me into playing with her told me she felt the Overwatch PC crowd was much worse than the console crowd, but since she’s not much of an online gamer (and lacks a PC), I shrugged that off too.

However, as I’ve spent more time in online games that aren’t MMOs lately, I’ve noticed that don’t really use voice chat with strangers, even when it’s built into the game – maybe even especially when it’s built into the game, depending on how I feel about the community. I didn’t bother in World of Warcraft, and apparently EVE players aren’t into it much either, yet Heroes of the Storm is going to get it years later despite uproar. It’s not that I dislike voice chat; I’ve just been around the internet and feel that most randoms can’t be trusted with unmoderated chat.

What about you, readers? Do you use default voice chats? Maybe only with fellow PC users or to help keyboardless console users? Let’s take it to a poll…

Do you use voice chat systems with strangers in your online games?

  • Yes, always! (3%, 7 Votes)
  • Yes, on PC (6%, 12 Votes)
  • Yes, on consoles (4%, 9 Votes)
  • Yes, in MMOs (6%, 12 Votes)
  • Yes, in lobby-based games (5%, 10 Votes)
  • No, never (69%, 147 Votes)
  • Something else (tell us in the comments) (4%, 9 Votes)
  • No response / just want to view tally (3%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 194

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flyingltj

If I wanted to chit-chat with a stranger, I’d go to a bowling alley. Because games like WoW and EVE are about as populated and current as the average bowling alley, and offer about the same quality of social value.

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Reginald Atkins

I can’t say I ever use voice chat with strangers / drop-in’s in a group or PUG situation but prior to playing FF14 I so rarely ran in a PUG it really didn’t matter… and even in FF14 it’s not super common for me to run with random people.

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Jeffery Witman

The number of people who seem almost terrified about talking to strangers in a game is surprising to me, especially when it comes to MMOs and RPers.

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Jack Pipsam

Stranger Danger lol.

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Bryan Gregory

Almost never. I always hated when one of our raid members was missing and we’d have to get a PUG in on voice chat that night. I suppose most times it went okay – I think most of the time you get someone quiet/”no mic”, and sometimes a normal respectable person, but plenty of times you get one of those really annoying people who never stops talking and speaks each and every single pinch of electricity in their brain.

But immaturity and disrespect are actually not the main things I’m concerned about with voice chat, I’ve come to expect those things. It’s the complete and utter lack of microphone etiquette. If your children or animals are out of control, or your house is louder than you are, you probably shouldn’t be on voice chat (or on the computer at all for that matter) especially with voice detection on and no push to talk/mute key. People are totally oblivious to their volume levels, or worse, where to place the friggin mic in the first place (it doesn’t go UNDER YOUR NOSTRILS or INSIDE YOUR BEARD). We didn’t log into our games to hear what you’re watching on TV, the music you’re listening to, your bong, your coughing after you hit your bong, or your cellphone conversation.

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Schmidt.Capela

Nope. And if someone threatens to kick me off for not using voice chat, go ahead; I have no mic connected to my PC, and that is intentional.

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Zen Dadaist

Hell no. Voice chatting to strangers is a nightmare scenario for me to find myself in. Text chatting or face to face meeting with strangers? OK. Voice chatting to friends/friends of trusted friends? OK. Voice chatting to strangers? Nope. It’s kryptonite to me. I don’t know enough about the person and can’t gain enough information with only a vocal sound in order ot deal with the situation properly. I stress out and can’t navigate my way through the interaction properly. This is one of the reasons I don’t like to play with PUGs, unless I’m absolutely sure I can solo carry or perform my role perfectly in my sleep. With friends it’s more a case of me not shutting up :p

tl;dr – never with strangers. WAY too stressful.

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Alex Malone

In MMOs, yes.

That said, the only MMO I’ve played that had in-game voice chat was LotRO. It worked amazingly well there. The comparison to playing a game with voice chat built in to one that didn’t was night and day. Voice chat dramatically improved the success rate of PUGs and dramatically improved the quality of PvP.

I honestly didn’t realise other MMOs had picked up this feature, I thought LotRO was one of the only ones. Glad to see other games have picked up the feature!

I do always make sure I have push to talk on. I also avoid voice chat in non-MMOs, though admittedly I rarely play other online games.

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Jeffery Witman

DDO has the same built in voice chat for groups and raids as LOTRO. It made things so much easier when running with a PUG compared to games without built in voicechat. You just can’t stop to type a warning in the middle of combat, but calling out a quick warning takes almost nothing to do.

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mosselyn

Lotro is the only game I’ve ever been willing to use voice chat with PUGs in, and that’s more to do with the community than the availability. Nothing, but nothing, could persuade me to get on voice chat in a WoW PUG, for example. Too many toxic people there.

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Person Dude

I tried playing Spiral Knights once and by default voice chat is turned on when you enter a dungeon. It really threw me, but I ended up having a pleasant conversation with the woman on the other end. I feel like it should have been opt in because knowing the internet that could have been a whole lot worse.

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Modrain

No, I never use the built-in voice chat. I tried them at some point, but not anymore. They might be interesting when you live in an area as homogeneous language-wise as the USA. But when you live in, let’s say, the EU, it’s pretty much a useless feature since it will often encompass tens of languages as players are rarely grouped by country.

Some goodwilled people default to english instead of their native language, but there is always some native english speakers to trashtalk and laugh at other people accents. Not that different from the cesspools that are global text chats on international servers, actually.

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Toy Clown

I’m deaf in real life so I don’t use voice, although one time I let some guildies rope me into voice several years ago so they could hear what I sounded like. Even though it was in good fun, it was awkward for me in that I felt put on a stage for everyone’s entertainment. I don’t do those requests anymore.

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rafael12104

No worries my friend. I don’t view voice chat as a requirement for anything in MMOs. And nothing in games should ever make you feel awkward in that way.

So, keyboard it is. :)