Communication Is Key

Have you noticed that as headsets get more elaborate and sophisticated, it seems that nobody actually has one? I can’t stand playing a squad based game, trying to talk to my squadmates, and getting SILENCE. Players don’t seem to want to acknowledge anything you have to say to them anymore and it’s beyond annoying, to say the least.

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It makes you begin to wonder, however, why a player might not be talking to you. There are several reasons for it and we’ll go over those first.

  1. Maybe you got put into a lobby where everyone was in a party besides you. It happens fairly frequently and maybe they’re in party chat.
  2. Maybe they are streaming, so maybe they’re talking, but they’re talking to their chat instead of to you.
  3. Maybe they’ve been bullied too much so they just refuse to chat.
  4. Maybe they just don’t have a headset.

These are just a few reasons why someone might not be communicating, so let us debunk them.

  1. I’m just as guilty of this as many people. You join a game with a random and you figure you’re only going to play one game with them so why bother inviting them to your party? Well, for one it might just add a little more cohesion to your gameplay, and maybe just maybe, you’ll make a friend out of the process. One of the aspects of gaming is to be social, right?
  2. It’s perfectly fine for someone to be streaming and talking to their stream instead of you, but maybe they could send you a quick message or something to let you know. They could always join your party to at least listen to your team communications so they know what you’re planning to do.
  3. Dealing with toxic players is very common in gaming nowadays. It’s a sad truth, but not everyone is going to yell at you or call you names if you don’t know what you’re doing. I try to communicate with randoms all the time and not talking back and just doing your own thing is what triggers me. If you don’t want to talk, let me know.
  4. I find this one hard to believe. Most systems come with at least a basic headset, so it’s hard to believe that you don’t have one. It is a possibility though and something you’ll just have to deal with. Generally, when someone doesn’t have a headset they send me a message to let me know.

Like I said, communication in gaming is paramount. It allows you to quickly call out enemy positions and let your teammates know what you plan to do. It’s something I feel everyone should use if they plan on playing a multiplayer game, regardless of the genre.

What do you think about headsets? Are they an important part of gaming? Let me know in the comments below.

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