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 I 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