Headset usage less than I was expecting

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#1 Posted by dibdab (77 posts) -

So I have had an Xbox for a few months now and was expecting there to be more people using headset as the console comes bundled with one.

I bought a headset for the PS3 a while ago and stopped using it after a week or so, as I only ever got into a couple of games where people where using headsets, I am thinking of doing the same with the Xbox headset as have yet to have any game enhancing experiences from it. Now I am a UK based gamer, so the lack of headset usage may be down to the fact that there are many languages spoken in Europe and that is an extra barrier.

I was thinking that Battlefield 3 might increase the use of headsets but this hasn't been the case in my experience. So do you find the headset a good addition to your experience, a source of evil only used by the disturbed or a useless piece of packaging that came bundled with your console?

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#2 Posted by Vinny_Says (5914 posts) -

make some xbl friends? I dunno that's not a problem here in NA. People spoil ME3 over their headsets all the time....

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#3 Posted by doobie (612 posts) -

the headset are ok. its just the cunts that at on the other end that are the problem.

so i just talk to friends

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#4 Posted by NorthSarge (276 posts) -

I almost exclusively play multiplayer games with people i know. So im getting constant use out of my headset (s). Only problem being the stupid fucking headsets break all the time. I actually pretty much yelled at a gamestop employee since everytime i buy a headset it breaks. He was like uh... i dunno bro try a different one?

Bought a non-microsoft one and it lasted me almost 2 years. Which is more than i can say for the shitty microsoft ones i've had in the past.

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#5 Posted by kgb0515 (427 posts) -

I rarely use a headset when playing with randoms. Sounds like you need to get a squad together to play online. Most people I have come across who use headsets spew filth over "live" anyway, so I tend to mute and ignore most of them. Also, the headset that comes with the system is complete garbage and should only be used in emergency situations. I meet more cool people on PSN since it seems more difficult to get a decent headset that works with the PS3, but my experience on Xbox live has been less than favorable with most randoms.

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#6 Posted by sopranosfan (1965 posts) -

I used to always wear them but I simply got tired of kids using racists remarks for no reason and there was very little teamwork so I just quit wearing them.

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#7 Posted by Asurastrike (2305 posts) -

I never use my headset unless someone I know in person is online with me.

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#8 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7097 posts) -

The party chat basically killed ingame chat for most games.

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#9 Posted by BrockNRolla (1725 posts) -

The only people I want to talk to on xbl are my friends. The rest of that community is a cess pool.

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#10 Posted by RE_Player1 (8010 posts) -

I never chat within a game or even party chat. I Skype with my friends now. A couple of us can be playing a game together on one system, a couple people on another or even just playing DS by themselves but still chatting. It's actually really fun.

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#11 Posted by CABBAGES (593 posts) -

Yup it was party chat that ruined it !

In the first few years of the 360 before party stuff games were full of people on headsets.

Most were annoying but it did make some games better.

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#12 Posted by kindgineer (3087 posts) -

There are plenty of clans out there spread about the internet that the amount of friends you could have is infinite. Just find a bunch that fits your style and try to fit yourself into their little clique. I've done this for Halo, WoW, and several other games. Speaking to random people often leads to headaches and frustration.

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#13 Posted by eugenesaxe (201 posts) -

Talking to the enemy humanizes them. I say fsck 'em, let them die in silence.

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#14 Posted by Lunar_Aura (2824 posts) -

For the first few days of the one year I had XBL, I used the headset. I'd talk to anybody and everybody.

Then I stopped because I came to a realization about myself. I don't enjoy gaming and talking at the same time unless they're in the same room as me. Even when talking to my real life friends, headset communication seems to get lost in translation, if that even makes sense.

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#15 Posted by kogasu (150 posts) -

I usually only ever use it for parties with friends or people who are already talking (intelligently without insults or fighting) in a game lobby or something.

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#16 Posted by pweidman (2590 posts) -

It's for friends, and it then enhances every game experience significantly, but venture out into the masses on XBL and talk/listen at your own risk.

Plenty of cool people online, and they are by far the majority in my experience, with the few acting like fools trying to ruin it for everyone else. Meet a few good people and send out FRs, or hit some fav game boards and share your GT would be another option.

Personally, I can't imagine never talking while online, and especially in mp games.

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#17 Posted by hockeymask27 (3696 posts) -


Yup it was party chat that ruined it !

In the first few years of the 360 before party stuff games were full of people on headsets.

Most were annoying but it did make some games better.

I agree I kind of miss but only a bit.

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