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Casual Thoughts from a Semi-Retired Philosopher

I play MMOs as an alternative to TV. Sometimes it even turns into quality time with the wife and daughter. Most of the time it's a distraction from doing something productive or meaningful.

Author: Hluill

I miss /say

Posted by Hluill Thursday November 12 2015 at 10:20AM
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Lord of the Rings Online now has a general chat channel.  In all the MMos that I play I have the general chat go to its own window labeled "Blather".  It can be fun to watch.  Sometimes I join in and have some great conversations.  Sometimes I just watch the conversation and wince.

How rare it is now, in any of the games I play, to see any activity in the chat window I've dedicated to /say and /emote.  Sometimes there's an exchange of /bow or /wave.  But few seem to be chatting "toon to toon".

My biggest irritant with the lack of /say use is grouping.  Blind invites seem to be the way of the games now.  No /bow, no /say, just a random interruption that blocks most of my screen.  Sometimes I am in the middle of a fight.  Sometimes I cannot even see the character that sent the invite.  Sometimes I sigh and join, but my instinct is still to ignore.  Why would i want to group with someone who doesn't want to talk to me?

I have even received blind invites to guilds!  I guess I am getting old-fashioned.