Not everyone is sociable. It’s the internet. And video games are often an escape, especially for those of us who spend all day talking and interacting with people in real life.
Sometimes I just want to live in a fantasy world with minimal interaction.
My favorite experience with this game was the one time I was in the tutorial area, and there was a player who was as new as I was but I figured out how to make torches. (really cool crafting system btw.) and they were struggling. I could hear them, they then came up to me and asked if I could help. I showed them, without voice myself, completely through showing them, and they thanked me. I liked that.
But then, I got to the god forsaken tree cutting area. I could not fell a tree, no matter how much I tried. My arms were getting tired. Then, a high level player showed up and would NOT SHUT UP about their level, their experience, how they got to the tutorial section despite being high level (“don’t ask I have my ways” they’d say.) and generally, they’d be obnoxious. They sounded like a twelve year old that was role playing their character and they were taking it a bit too seriously for my tastes.
It was in this moment, I would have loved the option to mute an individual so that I could continue to enjoy the game in the way I want to.
The frustration of the moment likely wouldn’t have compounded as badly if chopping trees wasn’t so damn difficult. But in the end, I want the option to mute others and perhaps a visual indicator to show others that I cannot hear them so they don’t waste their own breath yelling at me.
I just want to be able to enter an area, get a feel for it and if there are conversations I don’t want to hear, I’ll point and click them to be silent. And if there are more experiences like my first one where someone is asking for help, I can help.