The Mic - Use or Abuse?

Back in the day where the palette multiplayer games consisted of local Crash team racing, Mario kart 64, Goldeneye, Super Smash bros and such, nobody really cared about the need for 'balance', 'level progression' and 'achievements' Games were played just for pure fun, who cared if the guns weren't balanced or if some weapons were too 'cheap' there was nothing better than running around with a RC-P90 draining out the massive clip on your buddies, humiliating them and accuse them of screen looking. But like Bob Dylan once wrote, the times they are a-changing, and oh how multiplayer has changed.

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thereapersson3199d ago

I don't see the big fuss about using mics ***unless you are in a heavily-team-oriented game***. Even then, games should have the options of only hearing your team mates, unless a game has proximity chat enabled (like Socom). The majority of gamers using microphones are all extremely immature / bored, and it shows in their inane banter and excessively vulgar / offensive speech and mannerisms.

Another problem, is most games are expected to have voice chat, otherwise the game or network the game is played on is considered "subpar". However, the problem with this is that the accessibility of such concepts allow quite literally ANYONE to have a voice online. It's common knowledge that a lot of those individuals should be as far away from any means of voice communication as possible, as they cannot comprehend what it means to act in a mature, adult fashion.

Wrathman3199d ago

i hear wot your saying.but i love listenin to people mouth off about each others mom.listenin to americans is especially funny.if you find anything you hear online offensive then you shouldnt be playin.its good entertainment.some of the stupidest things i have ever heard comes over xbox live.and to me thats a good thing.

for everyting else theres the mute button.the PSN needs a permanent mute button like the get a lot of low quality mics on it,with the sound of bad music comin thru.atm the only way to mute someone permanently is to turn on your headset and throw it in the corner.

but crap talk is a PLUS for me.the crapier the better.

Bubbles_Kitty_Cat3199d ago (Edited 3199d ago )

I'm the same way.
I actually get kind of bummed out if there aren't any trash talkers when I play Modern Warfare 2. lol

I've never understood why people get so upset by it.
I just laugh and shake my head at 90% of the things that are said, but if it bothered me I would just mute the person/people.

Also, I know that the American teen is usually blamed in articles like these (and with good reason) but I have noticed that many of the Brits that I've encountered on Xbox Live are VERY confrontational and obnoxious.
What's up with that? lol

Anon19743199d ago

They're a good idea, but it's only once in a blue moon that I ever find anyone using their mic to actually coordinate with their teammates. 2 years of XBL were horrible for me. I learned quickly playing Halo 3 that it was necessary to mute every single person at the start of every single match. The level of homophobia, racism and just general stupidity from these obnoxious 12 year olds was completely off the chart.

In contrast, playing on the PSN was a breath of fresh air, and I really do think it's a cultural thing. 60% of all 360's are in the US. While the PSN isn't without it's bad apples, it's night and day to what the XBL experience was for me. In my 2 years now of playing on the PSN, I have to say I've only run into 2 of those racist/homophobic players that I were so bad I felt needed to be reported.

Gamers need to take back online gaming. You see plenty of people saying "If you don't like it, just mute them." That's not the answer. These punks ruin the experience for everyone and it's why we're able to report these guys in the first place. Instead of muting these jokers, take a few seconds and use the reporting tools. That's what they're there for. I have nothing against swearing or general trash talking, but every gamer should make a stand against the spread of racism and homophobia in their gaming forums.

Bubbles_Kitty_Cat3199d ago

I'm sorry, but the whole "PSN is full of mature gamers" line is a bunch of crap.

Just take a stroll through Home and read some of the comments being posted. The "N" word is always being dropped and people with female avatars are always being told to get on their knees.

The PSN is full of lowlifes, just like Xbox Live.

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kneon3199d ago

And will mute people talking incessantly for no reason or playing loud crappy music. When it gets too stupid I just turn off the voice chat volume completely if chat isn't necessary to the game. I would love to have the option to permanently mute some people as I've come across them repeatedly. Now that is a feature I'd be willing to pay for.

Wrathman3199d ago

you can with XBL.

ps.bubbles kitty kat..trailer park boys rock.

how could anyone not love trash talk?

kneon3199d ago (Edited 3199d ago )

Now that's a feature I've never heard anyone mention before. I will now have to change my stance of "I will never pay for Xbox Live" to "I may be willing to pay for XBox live". While a lot of people rave about the social aspects of live, I'm more intersted in the anti-social features :)

Still don't like paying to play online though.

Naso3199d ago

The mic "problem" Is not that bad on the ps3, I have yet to run into one of those kids that yell "get good [email protected]" or whatever. I mean there are the occasional ones that get upset that they lost but never anything over the line.

On the PC there are quite a few, but If they do that I don't have much tolerance on my TF2 server so I just mute them, for everyone.

Never had an xbox but I hear It's bad on there.

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