In some games like World of Warcraft, you have the dedicated general chat channel. In other games, you just have people shouting so that everyone in the zone can hear them. But in all cases, you have a giant supercollider of people talking at one another, the single greatest concentration of meme-based dialogue and spiteful chatter you are likely to find, and a general sense that you are wading into a space wherein conversation goes to die. Welcome to general chat.
For some people, general chat is just so incessantly toxic and unpleasant that the best way to deal with it is simply to shut it down ahead of time and never even think about talking with people there. Others live for the conversations (and arguments) occurring there and can’t wait to see how each new game’s chat culture shakes out. Still others turn it on or off depending on individual zones and culture. So how do you handle general chat in your MMO of choice?