For all that Barrens Chat in classic World of Warcraft has long been considered vile enough to break out the capital letters, it’s easy to forget that it could actually be really funny sometimes. Yes, it often wound up just being nasty and cruel shouting of slurs and hurtful words, but sometimes you’d get people whose understanding of jokes extended beyond regurgitating memes about a terrible action star and started moving into genuine humor. It was worth a few giggles.
Not everyone likes that, though. Some people want zone-wide chats to be focused on discussing actual parts of the game, and some people aren’t willing to wait through awful chats in order to find the actually funny one. Both of those views are valid. So where do you fall, readers? Do you take part in absurd general chat in MMOs, or are those the sorts of channels you deactivate as soon as you start a new game?