Chat’s all folks

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How many GM read­ers like play­ing on­line but ei­ther hate or are scared of talk­ing to ran­dom play­ers on­line? I’d love to be able to chat away to other play­ers but I strug­gle to talk when I’m on­line and there’s peo­ple play­ing I don’t know. I mean it’s not like they’re in the same room as me phys­i­cally, but my anx­i­ety pre­vents me from re­lax­ing.

I’m fine when it’s my friends on­line but I wish I could get over the fear of talk­ing to new peo­ple. It’s hard enough in real so­cial ex­pe­ri­ences but you would have thought it would be eas­ier in­ter­act­ing on­line. In­tro­verts unite! Ryan Booth, Face­book We have to admit all of us on the Games­Mas­ter team mostly avoid voice chat with strangers in on­line games – partly be­cause of the awk­ward­ness fac­tor, but mostly just due to how fre­quently th­ese in­ter­ac­tions are toxic or abu­sive. The last thing we want after a long day at work is to come home and be screamed at over mic by a 14-year-old with an of­fen­sive vo­cab­u­lary.

There are loads of lovely peo­ple in the Games­Mas­ter on­line com­mu­nity you could play with, though! We reckon that if you post what game you’re play­ing and your game ID on our Face­book page, you’ll make some new gam­ing bud­dies in no time.

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