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General : Debate: Cross-Faction Chat

Posted Feb 25, 2006 by Dana Massey

Ever wanted to tell that Hibernian from Dark Age of Camelot exactly what you thought of him? Well, Frank thinks you should be allowed and that's the subject of this debate: should cross-faction chat in PvP MMORPGs be allowed? Garrett disagrees. Read on to hear their arguments, then let us know where you stand.

Frank Mignone: I remember the first time I entered a contested area in World of Warcraft. It wasn't long before I got spanked by a nerd heard of Horde, who then spewed some profanity at, wait, that’s not profanity (unless you're playing Q-Bert) it’s gibberish! It was my first experience with a game that restricts cross-factional chat. I am still trying to get the taste out of my mouth.

I've heard lots of fake reasons for imposing this restriction. Smack talk for one. I get that some people do not like getting killed by some little idiot, only to have to listen to him say 'Dood, I pwn joo.' Yea, punk lets have a spelling contest and see who wins! It most certainly can get annoying, that's why someone invented the /ignore list (wish they had those in real life). People get way to worked-up over pixels sometimes, so we end up with a splintered community.

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