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#1 Ratfever

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 10:16 AM

Is there something wrong with direct chat via type, not a mic? As it seems everyone I talk with via DC is unresponsive and stares at me. I've been trying to communicate with several frsh spawns, and people within cities to have no answer. I may understand 1 unresponsive person, but all these people cannot be unresponsive. Do I have to set up my mic? I'd prefer simply using chat, but either everyone is ignoring me, or something is up with my chat. :/

#2 Rich

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 10:17 AM

My guess: they don't speak English.

#3 TheTamsen

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 10:18 AM

Kids who has turned their volume down, because they are scared of the music and don't know how to turn it off.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 10:20 AM

I was just on a server on which DC did not work for no apparent reason. It had side chat though.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 10:32 AM

try telling them what button to use
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#6 Kirik

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 10:49 AM

i had this, it turned out to be a glitch, they can hear and see what you're saying
but when they respond, they're text does not show up on screen, my fixed
strangely enough when i got a new mic, although i don't see how it affects
direct chat.
(don't use this as a fix)

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 10:51 AM

Yeah, I don't think I've ever seen anybody type in DC before. Ever.

Always assumed it was just bugged.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 11:19 AM

Amusingly, it took me about 3 hours of gameplay before I found out which button opens chat. The settings say \ , but on my setup, it's - .
So most new people probably have no idea how to chat. I got one guy talking after telling them which button to use to chat.

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#9 Ratfever

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 11:28 AM

Wouldn't it be a bit odd that nobody knows how to use chat? I would assume at least 1 of them would understand, but they all just stared blankly. I even told one dude how to change chat channels and how to chat. Still, nothing... Not even a response in another language. Anyone else have this issue? i guess I'll just have to use a mic.

#10 Nebo NZ

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 11:38 AM

**Some servers have DC disabled ^_^

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 11:41 AM

**Some servers have DC disabled ^_^


Well that's just retarded...

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 11:45 AM

Are you sure that you are on the right channel?

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 11:47 AM

Yeah, I don't think I've ever seen anybody type in DC before. Ever.

Always assumed it was just bugged.


Used DC today to text chat with someone, Worked fine. Voice and Text worked perfect.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 11:48 AM

People can't hear me in the game when I try the voice communication. there is nothing wrong with my microphone, tho I'm using Skype with friends, but my friends can use the voice while on skype so I don't really know whats the problem.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 11:59 AM

Not talking to other people in this game is stupid. No wonder people want to talk back to you. I just shoot anyone who doesn't talk back in voice chat.

Edited by Vitdom, 12 July 2012 - 12:00 PM.


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Posted 12 July 2012 - 12:16 PM

I'm puzzled by this as well, as I've never seen anyone use chat up to this point (started playing 2/3 weeks ago). I occasionaly type in chat to see if anyone responds but I started to wonder if a) it was broken or b.) i was doing something wrong. Nice to know I'm not the only one, though.

I do know voice chat works (haven't tried it myself yet), someone once said something and startled me so much I shot him by reflex :(

Edited by zoidish, 12 July 2012 - 12:16 PM.


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Posted 12 July 2012 - 12:25 PM

**Some servers have DC disabled ^_^


Yep, seen that too and when I asked people about it, they claimed the VON created lag on their server... Belongs in the realm of gamer superstition, I guess.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 12:28 PM

They aren't using directional chat when they try to talk to you.

Many people coming into the game are auto-set to Group Chat, and so they type in that like the newbies they are. Some figure out how to use side chat, but now that this is gone on most servers, many don't learn, and they freak out when the person doesn't see what they are typing, or hear them when they respond. So instead of trying to communicate they tend to shoot you, run away or stare at you, trying to communicate in the wrong channel.

I've seen a few video reviews where they did this, trying to speak to people using group chat instead of direct. Perfectly normal if you are new. Pretty sad to watch. Really funny to watch some of those videos, too.
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#19 thefonz

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 12:32 PM

yea, something isn't right with DC it seems.
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Posted 12 July 2012 - 01:07 PM

It's a shame that folk dont take time to understand DC, because lack of communciation is the one reason I'll take someone out. I don't like too, because I prefer to buddy up with folk. But no response - no mercy.