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There seems to be this complaint about players rarely chat anymore.
But everytime i logged into any online games (MMO or not), the chat channels are always filled with chatter. So where is this strange notion coming from?
Last time i was in STO, D3, PoE (you name it), there are always chat about price checks, gameplay (how do i increase my dps? Where is the best place to farm? Where i can buy x?), and even rl stuff.
In fact, i found that most online games are as much a chat room as games. If chat and down-time is what you want ... just pause what you are doing, and talk in channels. There are plenty of people to talk to.