Communicating is an essential part of most video games online experience, especially games that emphasize team work based squad play. So why the hell don't more people use them?!
People that don't use headsets when they game online make me want to rage out.
People that do have headsets, and like to let everyone know by playing crappy ass music, as loud as possible, piss me off :)
i don't like being annoyed with someones voice when i play my video game so i dont use head sets and if i hear anyone talking i just mute him
@ pat_11_5 Go play HALO 3 or something, then lets see if you have the same opinion.
I always have the voice channel on and my mic off, to date I've never heard anyone speak in BF3 on 360, I hear the odd cough or background noise but that's it. Once I had to tell some random co op player to jump into the chopper at the end of the first level, I know he heard me because he did it but he didn't say anything in reply. I play a bit of Forza as well and people seem to talk all the time, like have actual conversations during races, then again racing takes less concentration than shooting.
In Team oriented games I personally like to have people talking...about the damn objective. For all of the talk about vaunted cross game chat, it is for many one of the worst things ever. If you think people not plugging in a mic is bad, trying going into a game of Reach and finding half the people on your team in at BTB session locked in a private chat. In addition to not conversing with the team in order to plan tactics, they are barely paying attention in the first place. Setting preferences in Reach for gamer types works to some degree, but not all the time and certainly not in other titles. Oddly enough, a co-op game, even with strangers usually has plenty of conversation but MP is often like a crypt.
People that do use headsets piss me off. 90% of them are immature 10yo kids that constantly bark profanities and racial slurs at random people cause they think its funny and/or cool.
People have headsets. You just don't hear them because they are in a party talking to their friends while they play. Second of all, I don't like listening to children have rap battles and finally, I'm sure you don't want to hear me swearing and raging up a storm when my team loses because they suck.
Lol yeah that's the main reason i don't use a headset, i am not polite if i am losing in a competitive game. It's better to have silence than hearing people with bad tempers when they lose.
a lot of online games dont require communication, some do but a lot really dont. And most of the time random people really dont listen to what you tell them to do And also, plenty of people dont use mics cause of how many annoying people there are. So many racists, kids yelling, people playing music over their mics and people just acting like total idiots on the mic, its not worth me trying to talk to maybe 1 nice guy over a bunch of idiots I just normally stick to party chat with friends and dont bother with random people
Ummmm on the PC if you don't have a headset then most likely your team is gonna get GANG RAPED!! Communication is key and those 8 to 15 auto commands are NOT good enough when your playing a solid team with head-sets. You gotta be able to communicate strategy on the fly with your team and let each player know what's going on so they can prioritize objectives, resources, and position. I don't like typing when I'm facing good players cause speed is everything. I can play BF3 without a HS for the most part but Red Orchestra 2 Nuclear Dawn and Arma II HS are a MUST. Forgot my HS a few weeks back at a Lan party and it was a horrible experience. Just way out of sync with my team. Head Sets on the Pc are Cool cause you have many options to instantly MUTE some ass clown screaming or farting into the mic all night which is a rare occasion on the PC from my experience.
Arma I agree with you because it's just so hard to do things without having people talk. But your team won't get raped if no one has a headset. That has never happened once for when I play on my PC.
well i play with a group of very competitive people. we have tons of fun but we all want to win and having headsets is a HUGE advantage. Saturday we play Nuclear Dawn and head sets are a must cause the commander is playing the game in RTS mode and giving the FPS players orders and situation updates. Nuclear Dawn and Red Orchestra 2 were the games i had in mind when thinking how much of a disadvantage it was playing a good team while not having head-sets.
i play BF3 on pc and im yet to see anyone uses a head set
I thought it went like this: on the PC if yur not using some cheat code or hack you'll get owned. Maybe "headset" is the new code word for a pc hack needed to win.
NOPE! See the PC has dedicated servers and admins so if you try to cheat you are quickly booted off the server. lots of disagrees here but then again i dont play on consoles i game on the PC and dont have to deal with stupid 10 year olds rapping or using racist language over the mic. once in a while you'll get some jerk with too much feedback in his mic or coughing every 10 seconds but they are easily muted. Actually with the PC you can set up Teamspeak, Xfire, Skype, Mumble, Ventrilo, Roger Wilco, etc. so that you only connect with you friends anyway.
I very rarely use a headset I've found 90% of the time those that do have headsets either a) spend most of the time shouting out stupid crap b) slagging people off or c) never bother saying anything anyway.
People that have headsets and have a friend/wife/mother yelling at them, a dog barking, static and any other nonsense piss me off :D
Online is always better with a headset.
You should try onkine with just Head
I don't like using the headset. I always run into some internet tough guy who wants to pick fights with everyone
The majority of gamers using headsets are total d*cks online. I used to use a headset but I don't anymore.
maybe because it is only a damn game
I only use my headset for friends and when I do that I'm either in private chat for console or vent for PC. Plus, why would I ever want to talk to someone I neither know who he is nor care who he is. It's kinda creepy IMO. Also - advise for some people who do chat through their mics that a lot of people don't complain about - don't freakin act so serious with the game. I can't tell you how annoying it is for me when a kid tries to make a game plan for everyone in the lobby or he tries to act tactical during a match. I'm fine if you do it with your friends or if the game has some kinda co-op mode but if you do it in lets say CoD, you can expect that everyone will mute you.
I always use my gaming headset, I just don't want to talk to plenty of you. And party chat is just so anti-racists, and kiddie.
And it's people who constantly rage about nobody having headsets that piss me off. If someone pays for a game, then it's up to them how they want to experience the game. If they are more comfortable playing it without a headset, then fair play to them. I use my headset for friends really, because I enjoy talking to friends whilst playing. If I don't want to use my headset, I won't and I don't care if it upsets people. If it upsets people, maybe they should generally consider a new outlook on life.
I bought a headset once. Tossed it in the closet a few days later. I think it's still there, if it hasn't been thrown out. My reasoning? Let's see... -While communication may be vital for SOME games, it's not vital--or necessary--for most games. And those games where it would be useful? Good luck finding other players who know how to speak, let alone play cooperatively with others. -Audio quality sucks. Even if other people don't have awful background noise, the sound quality of mics is absolutely atrocious--a problem only compounded by regional accents, slurred words, intermittent profanity (and poor audio quality). -People with mics generally just spout irrelevant, annoying BS. I'm more likely to quit sessions with lots of mics than to linger. For any game where communication is truly necessary, I've found the only people you can really count on to cooperate are those who aren't too lazy to type a few sentences out with a keyboard.
The idea of using headsets to discuss game objectives and battle plans SEEMS like a good idea, but there are so few people who actually use them for that purpose. Usually people just use their headsets to insult others, cause arguments, or flirt with girls. Or they just forget they have their headsets on, so you can hear annoying crap like their babies crying, their dogs barking, or their mothers yelling at them. Then there are the people who speak different languages, have mumbling voices, or crackly/fuzzy mics. I just end up muting them and not bothering with a headset myself.
I hate people who have headsets they just make annoying noises especially if you're playin COD.
The only time I use a headset is when I'm playing with friends or if I'm in a clan match. Any other time I don't use a mic and I mute anyone that annoys me. there are waaay too many people that play loud annoying music and make retarded noises. Lets be honest, most people don't give a damn about tactics or team work in online games, especially shooters like COD.
Mics are useful when playing a 1-4 player co-op game. example uncharted 2-3. Always annoying when you die and the other dude(with no mic) is not paying attention at all and doesn't help out. wear a mic people! mute if you don't want to hear someone...simple as that. Seriously. Pretty lame excuses in this thread. I'm not trying to be a dick here, but its true.
Call me crazy, but if someone does this much whining because I don't use my mic and talks down to everyone who doesn't as if they're "doing it wrong," that person probably isn't exactly the type of person I want to communicate with to begin with. Eventually, bitching about not using my mic is just going to turn into bitching about how we lost because everyone else on the team didn't do what he says.
Unless your playing with friends in a party, I find no need for the headset all i run into is a pack of kids are adults that act like kids and wouldn't know how to converse in a game if you paid them. The amount of race abuse and and crap online is just unreal and for me not worth wasting my time replying to. I got into that it would down right ruin my game for me tbh.
For all the compliants about racist talk, I can count on my 1 hand the number of times I've head someone using that tactic for some attention. Majority is whinny kids or some dude wetting himself on the mic because he killed something.
I rarely turn mine on unless I'm doing something in-league in DC Universe. We have a ton of fun and are usually laughing the entire time, but if I'm playing with randoms, there's not any real need to talk to anyone - I have a role to fill, and don't really need them to speak for me to do it. I'm usually in league chat rather than instance, if my mic is on. I just find typing to be more comfortable when dealing with random people. In raids, even if I don't know anyone, I do agree mics provide an advantage. You have 8 people trying to act in concert with one another, and no one person can keep track of everything going on, so having mics is extremely helpful, if for no greater reason than being able to say "ready, set, go" (there are indeed situations where 3 or 4 people need to activate a different switch at the same time).
Gaming headsets are pointless unless you actually use them. I will be in a game and will be trying to make a plan to win and no one even responds to me. People just do what ever the hell they want. There is no sense of team work in the video game community, unless it involves them getting the objective and points for themselves.
to the article: "Go fu#k yourself :)"
After coming home from a hard days work to relax and play some games, the last thing I want to hear is multiple 12 year olds cussing up a storm with their annoying voices and some douchebag throwing out racial slurs.
Because they don't feel like talking to strangers? Because they don't like talking at their TV? Because there's too much background noise?
first time i actually agree with one of these articles...i honestly think that less people have'em because they look at a price of a headset and go "hmm...i could get another game for that price!" and totally dismiss the priority. PEOPLE, MIC UP!!!!
if i feel i need to use a mic i will but i normally don't because it more trouble then its worth.
I feel the same way, I only wear my mic when I'm playing with friends. 99% of the people in public games aren't worth talking to. They all want to talk smack, and play rap music... games like mw3 and battlefield 3 hardly have use for mics. Stop fooling yourselves.
Some of the most hilarious stuff I have ever heard while gaming was thanks to my headsets. Meltdowns and smart ass one-liner comments included. Yeah, there are those games where the chatter works against gameplay. Typically there is a method to mute other players if needed. This whole headset debate is just silly. If you go the headset route, don't be cheap, don't settle for in-ear bluetooth BS. I had that set up forever (which I did not use much because of gameplay and chat sound issues) until I upgraded to some Tritton Pros. Never again will I use an in-ear headset no matter how lightweight and convenient.
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