The Daily Grind: Do you take part in absurd general chat in MMOs?

    
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I mean, you know what it looks like.

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?

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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EmberStar
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EmberStar

The first thing I do in the few online games I still play when creating a new character: Disable General, Zone, Guild, and Trade chat.

I don’t care how awesome you think your Chuck Norris joke is. It’s still a Chuck Norris joke.

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Covynant001

I never really minded in game chats regardless how absurd or sometime how vile they got until….

The RMT spamming started..with 3 out 4 messages being from some damn gold seller.

Anyone who ever purchased gold from these folks should have been crucified.

😠

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Ironwu

Back in the day, Barrens chat was great, what with all the really innovative Chuck Norris jokes.

These days, general chat is something I pretty much immediately turn off on entering any MMO. So much garbage.

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Utakata

I try to avoid it/ignore it if I can these days…

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Robert Mann

There is the occasional something where general chat is decent in the current style of themepark MMO. Generally, though, having actual interaction and people to talk to in central locations without the progression and grind focus removing any impetus for social activities to be considered a non-negative waste of in game time… would serve far better. Usually even a discord with volunteers who know some things will serve as a far better reference.

It’s a very rare day the humor is worth the time to read it, and I tend to pay less and less attention to general chat since it’s so rarely worthwhile, and since so many other resources that are simply better for almost everything exist. I don’t believe general chat actually enhances the social aspects of the game, but I do believe that global channels harm it. After all, the most likely uses are flaming, questions that will mostly be answered by a barrage of trolling and elitist attitude, and jokes that are actually funny once in a full and direct planetary alignment (all planets and the sun in a line)… and that is indeed a slight bit of hyperbole.

All that said, if somebody actually manages to be a source of good humor I might consider joining in. If I am paying attention and haven’t decided to just shut off the troll-spam. I used to hold out to try to help those with actual questions… but anymore I can only assume that somebody asking in game is so new to online, much less online games, that they will quickly look at what they are doing completely and utterly wrong.

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Random MMO fan

I love general chat, this is significant part what makes MMORPG a “Massively Multiplayer” (aside from seeing a lot of player characters), only thing I turn off are the people who make racist or political jokes, I either block them or report them.

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Carlo Lacsina

I absolutely love general chat, it makes the game so much more fun when there’s a lively chat, no matter the content. Bonus points when someone starts blurting out angry responses to obvious trolls.

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Bango on Laurelin

Of course. It’s all part of the MMO experience.

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Paragon Lost

No, I do not.

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Castagere Shaikura

The first thing I do when I log in to an MMO is turn off general chat.

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Utakata

I really should do this more.