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  Kyleran

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OP  3/11/13 3:09:07 PM#1

Came up on another thread, thought I'd explore the topic more.

Perhaps it's just my background but I am not very tolerant when people want to discuss real world subjects in voice chats or in game chat channels.  Goes back to my early days of DAOC when I used to be in a role playing guild (Shadowclan) that forbid any OOC (out of context?) chat in any public channel.

Or perhaps the too many times I saw guilds in my DAOC/WOW days destroyed by unnecessary real world drama including online dating issues and other useless personality clashes.

The thing I really abhor are people who get on chat and have to tell you in detail how high/drunk/horny they are..  Shut up and get the hell out of my game is what I say to myself. (and sometimes to them as well).

Other bad subjects of course, religion, politics, sports and personal feelings.

Seriously folks, IMO, focus on the darn game, or matters concerning the game, and keep the other stuff off in some off topic chat channel for those who prefer that sort of thing. I've been in guilds that have exactly this, private channels for those types of discussions, always a great idea except some folks fail to understand the concept and flood the general chat with nonsense.

Look, I'm really not in your guild to be your close friend, we have one primary common interest, we play the same game together and hopefully we have the same goals in terms of accomplishing things in it.  I don't care much about your personal life/problems/interests (and I'm sure you don't care much about mine) and while I don't mind you mentioning you had a hard day at work, don't drone on and on about it or how much it sucks, just move on and get back to gaming related subjects.

BTW, this doesn't mean I'm some sort of anti-social person, I'm really not, but I do not wish to share the personal details/interests of everyone's lives, just don't have the time for it.  Let's just stick to the gaming and we'll all get along.

Yeah, feeling snarky today so thought I'd toss this out there to see if I'm the only social reject in the MMORPG.com forums.

 

 

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  wrekognize

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3/11/13 3:13:11 PM#2
Totally agree. This is why I limit my vent/mumble usage to when it is necessary for battle tactics. And even then it's still unavoidable.
  birdycephon

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3/11/13 3:14:57 PM#3
I report anyone who says any real life threat. However, innocent talk, is fine in my book.
  waynejr2

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3/11/13 3:45:26 PM#4
It's what drove me to solo play more than all other things combined.  Chit chat is annoying to me (Introvert).  Now planning and battle tactics is great.
  Drakynn

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3/11/13 3:50:17 PM#5
As long as it's not interrupting a current group activity and I'm not expected to join in with my real life details then I don't care.Inbetween times peopel can discuss what they want and I'll chime in if I'm intersted or not,just like real life.If I don't like the discussion or the people I can move channel or mute them.I really don't see an issue here/
  Dogblaster

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3/11/13 3:56:49 PM#6

Agreed on this one.

In general chat I expect to see game-related subjects and not someones personal real life problems/issues or whatever. Simply dont care..

  User Deleted
3/11/13 3:57:00 PM#7
Unless you have a medical reason or a personality not suited for such things (examples: you're an introvert or you suffer from autism or something like that) being intolerant of how other people talk when it is not insulting towards you in an objective way in a game is... stupid?
  VengeSunsoar

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3/11/13 4:03:44 PM#8

It's not really an issue for me as I'm usually not paying attention to other people too much anyway :)  Whatever personal thing I was told is likely forgotten about in 30 seconds. 

Now this may mean I am a dispassionate apathetic person about my  fellow gamers in games, but oh well.  I'm playing to be entertained, listening to someone's life problems is not entertaining, it defeats the pupose of the activity and becomes too much like RL> 

Quit worrying about other players in a game and just play.

  User Deleted
3/11/13 4:03:45 PM#9
Originally posted by Kyleran

Came up on another thread, thought I'd explore the topic more.

Perhaps it's just my background but I am not very tolerant when people want to discuss real world subjects in voice chats or in game chat channels.  Goes back to my early days of DAOC when I used to be in a role playing guild (Shadowclan) that forbid any OOC (out of context?) chat in any public channel.

Or perhaps the too many times I saw guilds in my DAOC/WOW days destroyed by unnecessary real world drama including online dating issues and other useless personality clashes.

The thing I really abhor are people who get on chat and have to tell you in detail how high/drunk/horny they are..  Shut up and get the hell out of my game is what I say to myself. (and sometimes to them as well).

Other bad subjects of course, religion, politics, sports and personal feelings.

Seriously folks, IMO, focus on the darn game, or matters concerning the game, and keep the other stuff off in some off topic chat channel for those who prefer that sort of thing. I've been in guilds that have exactly this, private channels for those types of discussions, always a great idea except some folks fail to understand the concept and flood the general chat with nonsense.

Look, I'm really not in your guild to be your close friend, we have one primary common interest, we play the same game together and hopefully we have the same goals in terms of accomplishing things in it.  I don't care much about your personal life/problems/interests (and I'm sure you don't care much about mine) and while I don't mind you mentioning you had a hard day at work, don't drone on and on about it or how much it sucks, just move on and get back to gaming related subjects.

BTW, this doesn't mean I'm some sort of anti-social person, I'm really not, but I do not wish to share the personal details/interests of everyone's lives, just don't have the time for it.  Let's just stick to the gaming and we'll all get along.

Yeah, feeling snarky today so thought I'd toss this out there to see if I'm the only social reject in the MMORPG.com forums.

 

 

I think there's a time and a place for both serious gaming chat and OOC mindless chat but more importantly, I would like to give you some serious respect points for using the word "abhor" in a post. 

  GrayGhost79

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3/11/13 4:05:41 PM#10

       I prefer people save the chit chat and such with actual friends and family. I don't want to hear about your doctors visit unless we are friends. I don't care how your date went, I don't care about your sexual preference, I don't care about your sex, race, creed, color, nationality, medical conditions, how your day was, what you ate for dinner, who won the superbowl, what award you got, who's mom you banged or who banged your mom, or any of that crap if we aren't actually friends. 

If someone is sneaking up behind me, I want to hear about it. If you just got your nails done at this new place, well I don't care. 

 

I guess you could say I'm fairly intolerant. In game, I'd rather discuss the game. 

 

 

 

  aWRAY

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3/11/13 4:08:14 PM#11

I really don't see a problem here. We can learn a lot if we open up to one another. Now, there is a time and place for such discussions of course. 

If your problem is people then remove yourself from the guild/group and surround yourself with more like-minded individuals. Its simple, really

  Sephros

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3/11/13 4:08:29 PM#12
I don't mid as long as people aren't having a whinny pity party.  Then it's STFU time

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  Swiftrevoir

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3/11/13 4:14:35 PM#13

I agree with the OP almost completely.  I make the rare exception for someone who seems to click with me and becomes an especially close adventuring partner.   

While I'm not a hardcore roleplayer, I have roleplayed in several MMOs and preferred that style of communication.  When I'm in game I'm more or less that character or am myself in a sense inside the game world.  I restrict most of my responses in chat to the task at hand. 

Good thread by the way.  I like the way you approached it.  I myself am tired of so many drunk derps yelling about football scores or losing their virginity.  Although I was guilty of the same when I exclaimed to the entire EQOA community that I was about to get laid for the first time lol (operation was successful by the way...and no wasn't the last time).  I've since matured and spare the ears of all my fellow gamers.

 

  mmoguy43

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3/11/13 4:40:23 PM#14

I'm like the OP mostly. If in game, I prefer converstations to mostly stay on topic of the game. 5%-40% of chat being off topic lollygagging shenanigans is acceptable (less so if voice). If that is all I hear in the time I'm playing, I'm not not going to be pleased and will have to start muting.

You aren't a social reject you just like to stay focused.

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  dave6660

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3/11/13 4:40:39 PM#15

It depends on how long I've known the person.  I've been in corps / guilds with some people for years.  Naturally you run out pure gaming conversation after a while.  In those cases I don't mind talking about work,  spouses, children, etc.  On the other hand, there's a lot of players who think they're your best friend after playing one game with them.  They're our future stalkers, I avoid them at all costs.

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  ZombieKen

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3/11/13 4:43:27 PM#16

I don't use them.

 

I play to get a pleasant break from reality, not to hear other people's RL crap.

 

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  Icewhite

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3/11/13 4:45:49 PM#17
Originally posted by Kyleran

Came up on another thread, thought I'd explore the topic more.

Perhaps it's just my background but I am not very tolerant when people want to discuss real world subjects in voice chats or in game chat channels

In the middle of a raid (or somesuch srs bzns), you mean?

Depends a lot on the group's motivator/cat herder. The bigger the event, the more likely it is to descend into uncontrolled chatter...and by extension, the less tolerant the driver of the bus can be with it. Grioup size 5 or 10? Chatter pretty harmless, and therefor a non-issue. Group size larger? Uh, someone better be putting his foot down.

If no srs bzns is happening...you're just being an asocial grump, lighten up Francis. :)

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  kitarad

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3/11/13 4:47:08 PM#18
Does not bother me in the least and if it does meaning too heavy stuff I get off vent or don't read the chat. Everyone including myself has a right to talk and say things as long as they are not outside the rules of chat meaning general chat channel on use of profanity and such. I used to since Everquest days deal with drama so am used to it in games. I mean such bad drama as people getting divorced in guildchat so it really is not something I get my knickers in a twist about and besides I share stuff when others ask too so am guilty too so how can I get on a high horse now ?

  bliss14

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3/11/13 4:56:06 PM#19

Just depends on what it is.  Remember when Chuck Norris jokes were popular?  Trade chat was lousy with that crap.  Now that is annoying.  If a bunch of people are talking about things they find interesting though I couldn't care less.  I do wish there was a politics and religion filter though :) 

Bottom line is, if I don't like what I am seeing or hearing there are ways to avoid it.

  Skooma2

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3/11/13 5:01:19 PM#20
I do not object to any OOC chat in any chat channel, be it guild or world or voice.  But, it gets problematic when people speak about interpersonal relations, religion and politics; since I'm always right, it gets tough listening to wrong opinions. :-)

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