Do You Speak Up in Online Multiplayer, or Forever Hold Your Peace?

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Good ol' commenter Uncle Jesse returns to the Speak Up on Kotaku spotlight today, wondering if any of you actually use those convenient microphones they attach to today's newfangled headsets.


I was playing some Gears last night and not one person was using a mic, so I left mine on mute as well. Then one guy just shouted, "DOES ANYONE HAVE A MIC?!" after about 20 minutes of silent, team deathmatch. I switched mine on and we started chatting. Then, wouldn't you know it, about 6 other people must have done the same and we all started talking and went from getting mopped up to winning!

Do you guys use your mics or do you just have them on your head, listening to everyone else but not saying a word yourself? I know it's kind of weird playing with strangers and just chatting, and sometimes you run into 'those people', but last night was the first time I actually was engaged and using my mic. Normally, I'm guilty of just listening in on everyone else.


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Good lord, do I sympathize with this. I always think I'm the only person in the world who communicates while playing online games. I don't even care if it's just shooting the shit. If I'm on the same team as X amount of people, I at least want to share ideas, strategies, and pointers to help our team to perform better.

It drives me even crazier when I'm communicating with one person for the entirety of the match, and then right at the very end, half the team comes in and freaks out. Why the hell are they freaking out now?! If they would have opened their mouths 20 minutes prior, it coulda/woulda been a better match.

This is seriously why I only like to play with my friends, because at least we continually communicate while playing.