Gaming News, Game Reviews, Game Trailers, Tech News

dtoid   |   japanator   |   flixist   |   tomopop   |   store


 

 

Playing With Others: Silence is golden

2009-01-10 12:00:00·  3 minute read   ·  Tubatic
0

[Editor's note: Tubatic talks about not talking in multiplayer games for his Playing With Others piece. -- CTZ]

I'm the guy that likes to play multiplayer without voice chat.

You know, its not that I don't like people. People are cool. I really do enjoy getting to know people in general. But for the most part, I don't want to participate in headset banter. In some circles, one might label me a jerk.

Don't get me wrong though. I'm not a complete tool. If I'm playing something that involves heavy strategy or tight verbal coordination, I'm throwing on the headset, no question. Call of Duty or Left 4 Dead would be a generally disastrous experience without voice chat. When strategy is necessary, I'm there with you. But, considering that necessity, I'll probably not be the guy you'll hear too often over the chat channel. 


You are logged out. Login | Sign up
 
 


There are some games, however, that don't need voice chat, and I love them for it. Beat'em ups and fighters are two games genres that really don't need any sort of major verbal communication to remain competitive or fun. Firing up a multiplayer match of Turtles Arcade or Castle Crashers without my headset is a joy that I revel in when I get the chance. Smashin' is smashin', and nary a word need come betwixt me and my better-than-bots buddies.

Non-verbals in these games are down right classy to me. If I'm low on health, and a guy sidesteps a delicious mutton chop so i can grab it, it shows enough communication and respect for me to still enjoy the game, without belaboring the obvious point of "Food's right here, man!" All I really need is my game, and someone on the other end that doesn't require the burden of conversation to have a good time whacking goons upside their heads. On the versus fighting end, I don't require trash talking to get into the competition. In Soulcalibur IV, desperate attempts at teabagging or overkill hits are enough for me to get your meaning.


Running silent also affords, in some cases, a chance to communicate through actions. This can be sometimes more genuine and endearing than any spoken or typed conversation. World of Warcraft, for example, allows no meaningful language based communication between the two factions. They simply can't understand what the other is saying. However, there are some limited emotes that are understood in all cases. Its a great moment expressing support to another character through he actions of assisting their quest progress, or presenting them with a bow or salute in respect of their non-interference. Again, there's a level of civility and nobility in making your point here without speech.

Beyond ideas of stoicism, brevity, or focus, I just have a lot of fun playing on silent. For most of my gaming life, I've been a single player. However, some of my most memorable moments have been experienced in the multiplayer space. For me, playing multiplayer without voice is the best of both worlds. I'm losing myself in the action of a game, but still pitting myself with and against players that are far more intelligent and reasonably skillful than any coded AI based opponent.

Get it?

So please, its nothing personal. Sometimes, its just more fun when you're quiet.

ANOTHER ONE FRONT-PAGED! This story was submitted via our Community Blogs, and ultimately made it to the home page! For newbs: On our site you can follow community members and vote up their blogs: get involved to help promote a more diverse home page.

 

TwitterRedditEmailFacebook
 
Tubatic // Profile & Disclosures
Fronts11Posts1Blogs 208Following60Followers151

Meat Boy regarding Super Meat Follow me on Twitter! I'll tweet about games! Promise! Twitter - suddenly more


 



#Opinion Editorial #Promoted stories
 
 


READER COMMENTS LOADING BELOW...

Please login (or) make a quick account (free)
to view and post comments.



 Login with Twitter

 Login with Dtoid

Three day old threads are only visible to verified humans - this helps our small community management team stay on top of spam

Sorry for the extra step!

spacer