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1-17-2011 @ 4:16PM
Hi, my name is Rob and I'm addicted to WoW.I'm also married. My wife is wonderful and understands that I love to the play the game and that it's my hobby. However, she also wants to spend time with me, and so we often spend several hours together on the couch, watching television / movies that interest her, while I play WoW.In order for this to "count", I cannot be a distraction to her enjoyment of what she's doing, so I play without any sound. This has worked great for many years, and my playing without sound hasn't been an issue to my ability to be a quality player. However, I recently wanted to get involved in end-game Raiding. As you know, most guilds have a Vent requirement when Raiding. I can fulfill that requirement by listening, but I cannot use a Mic. Using a Mic violates the "no sound" policy, because I have to talk out loud. That's distracting to my wife, because she's trying to watch her show. If this person cannot use a Mic, and they type reasonably well, what's the big deal? Have her put on a headset and listen, and type her responses. She can automate "OOM" messages to Pary/Raid chat. And she can listen to things like, "Hey GTFO of the bad!" and react as fast as everyone else.Just my $0.02 worth. Mics are nice, they aren't required.
1-17-2011 @ 4:21PM
Like I said above, while it is perfectly possible to raid with no mic, the best non mic user will never beat the best mic user. It simply ups everyone's performance.
1-17-2011 @ 4:38PM
@Rob -- Your best solution is to wear a headset with a built-in mic. And use push-to-talk when you need to speak. If you are worried about not being able to hear your wife when she speaks, buy a headset with only one headphone, or just take the phone off of one ear. Be aware, however, that during a raid, you will need to put your gameface on and focus on the encounters... so unlike questing, you can't just stop at any point to have a conversation with your wife.As for people who wish not to speak into a mic, there are various reasons (speech impediment, home environment too noisy with screaming babies, heavy accent, dead/mute, etc.). For the purposes of raiding, I'd word the requirement the way I'd write up a job description. That is, instead of saying "Candidate must be big and brawny," you say, "Candidate must be able to deadlift 100 pounds and carry the weight 20 feet across a room in less than 10 seconds." If the healer cannot use a mic to explain when she's OOM and needs another healer to help, maybe she can set up a macro that either yells or sends a message to the healer channel that says "I'm OOM, help with my target" or somesuch?Bottom line, though; it sounds like she is not ready for serious raiding.
1-17-2011 @ 4:43PM
Rob, if you are a dps'er, you generally don't need a mic. Tanks and healers definitely need mic's for progression content. You can be like what someone else described, the warlock who has said maybe 30 words in 4 years - you just do your dps job, talk in /p and /ra, and you most likely won't ever need to say anything.It would be inconsiderate to attempt to join a progression raid guild as a tank or dps without consistent access to a microphone. I've been in a guild where some dps'ers could hear, but wouldn't speak without an issue, but when the healers were not able to speak up, it caused big problems.
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