I want to know if I’m alone on this.
Back in 2006-2013 I would get on voice coms with randoms no sweat, I loved it. I was that squeaker kid on MW2 and halo 3/reach. I had friends from 9 years old to 30 years old
But now a days I don’t feel comfortable going on voice coms as much anymore, unless I know the people very well. It’s very weird, I have my online friend circle where I’ll talk to them all day every day on voice coms no problem. It’s just going into random ones someone invites me too, or in a game lobby I feel awkward and like I can’t do it.
I noticed this change right when my Xbox live account first got hacked ever in 2012, I felt like I angered someone by being annoying and they hacked me, (yes I know it’s very silly and not true since this person used someones credit card and bought a bunch of games through my account). But after that happened I decided just to talk only to my friends and not in public lobby’s anymore.
I’m wiser and older now, a adult, not annoying, I just find it very difficult and I feel awkward coming into a new community of people.
Recently I been playing halo PC, I have my mic muted and I listen to others, and it’s just like Xbox live 2008 again with people swearing and trying be edgy and screaming in the mic, nothing really worth jumping into.
What’s stranger, I’m not that introverted in real life, I feel comfortable talking to strangers and face to face.
Last night someone wanted me to join their discord while we ran a dungeon in classic wow, and I just chickened out like I felt I couldn’t do it and I’d be too awkward.
I feel very lonely playing games outside of WoW since non of my friends from there play similar games to me. So I’m trying to get out of my comfort zone and back to my childhood roots where I didn’t care, and people swore at me and I had no idea what they were saying.
I’ve seen before people blaming discord or other gaming communities where people hide out in and social aspect for online gaming is dying. I don’t entirely agree with that, but I could see where someone gets that idea.
So my question goes out to you, are you comfortable talking in public lobbies? If you’ve experienced this before where you felt awkward, how did you over come it? Any advice to help me feel less awkward or uncomfortable talking to new people in voice coms?
I know this post might seem a bit silly to some, but it’s a genuine question I do have, and I feel like I’m missing out on making new connections and friends.
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