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5-23-2010 @ 1:00PM
What if you're largely deaf? I have trouble with voice chat at times (although I can use it; I do wear a hearing aid). I hate being forced to join voice chat. Making everything go audio destroys a perfectly good no-sound-required-to-play game (I use DBM so I can get big written alerts of things I need to know, as an example of a coping mechanism). Demanding voice chat assumes that everyone is "normal".I was born this way, and it's not going to get any better. How about "the future of in-game communication" not forgetting about WRITTEN communication? After all, you wouldn't have been able to get as far in the game as you did if you weren't able to read quests and therefore know where to go, so it's a safe bet that you can read the raid chat also.More than once I have wanted to drop-kick "get in Vent" people over the nearest mountain range.
5-23-2010 @ 3:04PM
Then the next big thing for communication would be something that could translate voice to text reliably in-game. Because in defense of the Vent users, I can't type fast enough to deal with a raid problem.
5-23-2010 @ 4:37PM
Or what if you stutter heavily? I have no problems with listening to voice chat, but speaking...
5-23-2010 @ 4:51PM
I've raided with Deaf players before, and found that 99% of the player base is understanding and will ease up if you explain that you simply cannot use voice chat due to hearing problems. There are a LOT of raiding guilds who don't use voice chat, some because of Deaf members, some because they prefer it. Most people prefer voice chat for convenience and speed of use in split second situations, but if you have quick fingers or macros, typing works just as well with a good group.I suggest you look for a guild that uses in game chat for raiding communication, they DO exist. There's a guild on my server whose Vent is usually full of people making dumb jokes and sidechatting, because they're used to using the raid channel in game for serious aid stuff and Vent for socializing. Few people require Vent for anything under ICC anymore and sometimes not even for that in PuGs. Voice chat makes things easier for those of us with perfect hearing, but for those of us without, it just makes it tougher when all of a sudden the raid channel is barren and things are changing without your knowledge.
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