Depends what I'm playing. Cooperative I may put on my mic, after listening to the other players for a little to determine how high they rate on the 'Stupid Cock' meter. Competitive I'm almost always silent, unless someone calls me out... ashamed to admit that it has happened before quite a few times over RDR as well -_-'
I very rarely have anything worth saying to a random kid from across the country, so much that I rarely even put the headset on.
I generally listen for a few minutes, and if someone is doing call outs or whatever will leave them on, and mute everyone who has terrible music playing or is getting yelled at by their mom or girlfriend.
When I play co-op, the only person I am playing with is usually my brother, so yeah, we will talk.
Firstly, to me online games are largely about chatting with some dudes while playing a game. If I'm not having a conversation, than I may as well be playing against really good bots.
Secondly, in CS at least you have to maintain constant communication in order to get things done. Since that's really the only multiplayer game that I play with any regularity, speaking is just a given.
EDIT: I should probably mention that one of the reasons that I stick to CS is that it has a low dude/douchebag ratio. Its not exactly Plato's Republic, but people are generally civil and relaxed. I assume that this is because only slightly older people still play CS, so you don't get many of the H4l0 r0xxors!111!! type kids.
I talk on the mic with friends and my cousin during co-op games but, other than that. I just send "gg" text messages when playing the only online game I play. SSFIV.
Where most people mute other players during game play, I think I'm one of the few that likes to listen to random people act idiotic. A sad form of comedy but, good for an occasional chuckle.
I generally have my headset on, but due to family either being noisy or trying to sleep I'll rarely talk.
" … Where most people mute other players during game play, I think I'm one of the few that likes to listen to random people act idiotic. A sad form of comedy but, good for an occasional chuckle. "I agree. Unless someone is being incredible offensive or noisy (like a malfunctioning mic or weird, constant heavy breathing), I'll leave it unmuted.
Depends on the game. When I play Halo with friends, we usually stay in game chat but don't talk to players that don't have mics. If someone is being an ass, we usually call them out and usually kick their ass in the game (we've been playing together almost every night since Reach's launch). You find that the douchey people are a lot less douchey whenever you can scream, "how's my dick taste?!" at the end of the match. Of course, at that point they usually just leave the lobby without saying one damn word.
Depends on the game. I usually play with a friend and we have skype on the whole time so I talk with him, but in game I don't talk. If someone sends me a PM I will reply to it,unless it's something stupid, or if it's an MMO and you need to type something to point out what to do next I will.
I like to listen to people talk though. Sadly most of the time it's just a bunch of idiots screaming at each other calling everyone a fag or a newb. When I join a server like that I just log off and find a new one. I don't have the patience to listen to that. I'm not ten years old and on the playground any more.
I usually just play with friends and have a party chat going, but if not, I'll answer when spoken to, sure. I have a really bad accent though, so I try to talk as little as possible. When the game offers text chat instead (Warcraft 3, Starcraft, Minecraft), I tend to be quite chatty at times. It depends on the people I play with.
I only talk to people on my friends list. Usually when I'm playing online, I'm playing COD and other online shooters where people tend to get their knickers in a twist. Almost anything you say can be taken as an insult, so arguments are constantly raging, and that just ruins my whole experience with the game. "Mute all" is a very necessary feature.
" Where most people mute other players during game play, I think I'm one of the few that likes to listen to random people act idiotic. A sad form of comedy but, good for an occasional chuckle. "Oh yeah, same here. Mostly so I can also hear the rage when I kill them in a PVP match or whatever ;P Red Dead especially since that game online is more or less made up of whino sore losers.
I talk to mates when we have a 6 man team on say CoD though I can't talk as much cause only a few of us speak when we play as a team for some reason?! In xbl party though alls well
only talk to randomers if I have the mic on whilst playing or want to tell somebody to shut up.
" I talk on the mic with friends and my cousin during co-op games but, other than that. I just send "gg" text messages when playing the only online game I play. SSFIV. Where most people mute other players during game play, I think I'm one of the few that likes to listen to random people act idiotic. A sad form of comedy but, good for an occasional chuckle. "
The only time I've actually communicated with others online while playing a game is when I'm playing an MMO. Online shooters, people are just annoying and the group changing up from game to game. With Web browser games, it's text-based and there are usually a hundred people talking at once in a single channel that I'd rather enjoy my game rather than waste time keeping up with the inane topics that pop into someone's head.
I must admit, I generally stay quiet, and mute mic. I really hate the thought of using voice unless with friends I personally already know. Especially as I'm a girl and it often ends with some random crude or lewd comments. Or the dude who says "oh muh god, a girl is playing!" as if he just discovered gold in his nostril whilst digging around for the remains of his brain.
I do sometimes use text in games, depends on the type of game though, in WoW for example I use it all the time no matter who it is, but in a lot of console games I rarely bother. In ModNation online I did enjoy randomly hearing people singing during races... no idea why they did, still to this day.