The Daily Grind: Is lack of text chat in an MMO a dealbreaker for you?

I wouldn’t be able to play TERA on console. Not simply because I lack the console it’s available on; that could be fixed by a trip to the store followed by a quick round of console setup. That’s whatever. No, it’s because that version of the game doesn’t feature text chat, and thus it may as well be controlled entirely by putting in contact lenses. It’s such an unpleasant proposition that it more or less poisons my eagerness to play the game’s console version at all.

Obviously, it’s hardly the only console game to focus exclusively on voice chat, which makes me think that for a lot of people this isn’t a dealbreaker. So we’re going to turn this particular musing over to our readers, because it’s always interesting to learn about that spread of opinions. Is the lack of text chat in an MMO a dealbreaker for you? Do you refuse to play on platforms where it’s unavailable, or do you outright refuse to play games that push voice chat on you? Or do you not particularly mind, either from a desire not to chat or just not being bothered?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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@Texarkana

Yes, for a few reasons.

1. It opens to harassment more than text.
2. Some people are just annoying talkers.
3. It’s not conducive for large groups, especially when coordination is necessary, including the lack of “scrollback”.

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Hydlide S

But… it does support text chat. It just has a ridiculous filter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttahflZdFvU

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Crowe

Yes.

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PlayCator .

I detest voice chat. If I’m honest I basically detest text chat too. Should be restricted to /say /tell and a realistic /shout radius.

Any game with large scale communication, like BDOs server chat, is a horrible toxic pool.

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hurbster

Yes it is.

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Paul

Yes – I hate sitting on voice all the time (just when doing group stuff that needs coordination)

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Robert Mann

Not really. Actually, I still want to see more games try systems where chat is only at a given distance, whether text or whatnot… and make mail take time rather than being an instantaneous thing.

I know that wouldn’t please some people, but it would really change the dynamic of social activity in the game. And it would make trolling very easy to counter, especially if there was a system for guards to take care of such behavior.

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PlayCator .

That used to be how it worked. Back in my day! *grumble*

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Mr.McSleaz

Yes.

Exxar
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Exxar

Not a dealbreaker, but means I won’t communicate with others. Using voice comms would mean not being able to talk with my family at home and that’s a dealbreaker.

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Slaasher

I don’t read text chat anymore.
Or at least very rarely