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Trolls, griefers, what­ever name they’d like; with each 30 user bat­tle comes at least one such per­son – of­ten a se­lec­tion of them – who seems to put the ma­jor­ity of their ef­fort into the ha­rass­ment or abuse other play­ers, or caus­ing en­tirely un­wanted dis­trac­tions. It’s not just me that’s no­ticed this, ei­ther; Wargam­ing has al­ready re­moved the global chat chan­nel in a pre­vi­ous patch, be­cause too many play­ers thought it was hi­lar­i­ous to ruin the game of those left alive on their team by giv­ing away their lo­ca­tions to the other side once they’d died. So now, thank­fully, we don’t hear a stream of garbage from the other side, but is that enough? It isn’t, I soon con­cluded, and I’ve since de­ac­ti­vated my chat mech­a­nism en­tirely. Some of you read­ing this will think I’m bonkers, be­cause surely the pur­pose of chat is to en­able co­or­di­nated ac­tions on the bat­tle­field through team­work? That’s def­i­nitely the the­ory, but in roughly 27,000 bat­tles I’ve fought in this game, I can count the num­ber of times this hap­pened on one hand. That’s ei­ther be­cause those I’m play­ing with/against don’t speak the same lan­guage, won’t co­or­di­nate, or even go AFK at the crit­i­cal point in pro­ceed­ings. This might seem de­press­ing, but that I’m still play­ing this game demon­strates that doesn’t en­tirely scup­per the whole ex­pe­ri­ence for me. So how is my chat-free ex­per­i­ment go­ing? For the most part, quite well as it hap­pens. So far, I’ve only had one sit­u­a­tion where it might have helped – when I ac­ci­den­tally flipped my tank on its side and needed a push to get back on my tracks. I could still send a stan­dard ‘Help’ call, but no­body came to find out why I might need it. That said, the very same thing hap­pened a week be­fore when chat was en­abled. Then, I called for help ex­plain­ing pre­cisely why I needed it, and no­body came to ren­der as­sis­tance any­way. SUB­SCRIP­TIONS

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