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Came up on another thread, thought I'd explore the topic more.
Perhaps it's just my background but I am not very tolerant when people want to discuss real world subjects in voice chats or in game chat channels. Goes back to my early days of DAOC when I used to be in a role playing guild (Shadowclan) that forbid any OOC (out of context?) chat in any public channel.
Or perhaps the too many times I saw guilds in my DAOC/WOW days destroyed by unnecessary real world drama including online dating issues and other useless personality clashes.
The thing I really abhor are people who get on chat and have to tell you in detail how high/drunk/horny they are.. Shut up and get the hell out of my game is what I say to myself. (and sometimes to them as well).
Other bad subjects of course, religion, politics, sports and personal feelings.
Seriously folks, IMO, focus on the darn game, or matters concerning the game, and keep the other stuff off in some off topic chat channel for those who prefer that sort of thing. I've been in guilds that have exactly this, private channels for those types of discussions, always a great idea except some folks fail to understand the concept and flood the general chat with nonsense.
Look, I'm really not in your guild to be your close friend, we have one primary common interest, we play the same game together and hopefully we have the same goals in terms of accomplishing things in it. I don't care much about your personal life/problems/interests (and I'm sure you don't care much about mine) and while I don't mind you mentioning you had a hard day at work, don't drone on and on about it or how much it sucks, just move on and get back to gaming related subjects.
BTW, this doesn't mean I'm some sort of anti-social person, I'm really not, but I do not wish to share the personal details/interests of everyone's lives, just don't have the time for it. Let's just stick to the gaming and we'll all get along.
Yeah, feeling snarky today so thought I'd toss this out there to see if I'm the only social reject in the MMORPG.com forums.
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