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Chat Bubbles: We need an option to enable them for say, yell and emote chat!

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Chat Bubbles: We need an option to enable them for say, yell and emote chat!
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Clockwork_Creep's Avatar

01.04.2012 , 07:09 AM | #101
A RP game without bubbles is like a FPS without guns or ammunition.


Afterall, this is still a MMO-RPG- right? Or is the RPG removed these days?

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01.04.2012 , 07:18 AM | #102
What I don't get is during the beta you could actually enable them with a simple ini tweak so really it's not like the chat bubbles need to be implemented.
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01.04.2012 , 07:32 AM | #103
If this game does not get chat bubbles, it will die a quick death. Chat bubbles= better social interaction.
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01.04.2012 , 02:07 PM | #104
Posting my unyielding support for this - chat bubbles and chat animations. DO EET NOW.
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01.04.2012 , 02:35 PM | #105
You know, talking with people in game on RP servers ... I am finding that the lack of this chat bubble dynamic is actually considered "more game breaking" than say some stupid 1ms delay on a useless skill used during a warzone.

Everyone has their own list of "game breaking" items. Even the devs. Its too bad the devs don't think community interaction features like chat bubbles is worth their time to work on sooner then never.
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01.04.2012 , 02:37 PM | #106
this needs to be done!

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01.04.2012 , 02:38 PM | #107
simple.. add chat bubble. if you dont like the chat bubble. then take it off. "an option(on/off) would be great for ppl that dont like this chat bubble.

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01.04.2012 , 02:51 PM | #108
The only MMO I've ever remembered playing that hat chat bubbles was Second Life, and I can't really call that a game, more like a video chat room...

And wow, were they annoying. In a busy area, you couldn't tell who was saying what, or read them before they got obscured by someone else's bubble...

But then again, I play MUDs/MUSHes where prose in a window is the way it's done.

Count me in the "leave the option off" crowd. And if that happens to be the majority, bubbles won't help get noticed except by the few. I guess we won't find out which camp has more people in it until they try it.

However, what UI "big projects" would you say are less important to do? Because something like this probably ranks up there in complexity, and isn't a quick fix.

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01.04.2012 , 03:29 PM | #109
As an RP'er myself, I would really appreciate chat bubbles (speech bubbles?!). Been playing for a few weeks now and haven't had ONE single interaction with other players (other than the occational "smile"/"wave" emote) and it's litteraly killing it for me. And it's really too bad because I really dig the storyline/quests so far, but player interaction is ruined IMHO. I will surely keep playing until my free month runs out, but after that... I really don't know. So PLEASE Bioware, get that minor issue fixed, so we can all move along and enjoy the game. And just enable the On/Off toggle, for players that don't like them. It's not like it's rocket science, man.

I seriously thought chat bubbles had become a standard feature in MMORPG's, since early 2000's. But... I guess not.
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01.04.2012 , 03:31 PM | #110
Quote: Originally Posted by Glzmo View Post
Greetings, Bioware developers working on Star Wars: The Old Republic!

We really, really need a client-side option to enable chat bubbles for /say and possibly /yell and /emote chat to appear above character's heads and display the text that they type into those chat channels.

Socializing, roleplaying and even multiplayer combat, both PVE and PVP with other players is incredibly tedious without them.
Many people prefer to have their eyes on the action, which means they miss the chat around them when they focus on the action. Some choose to focus on the chat and miss the action entirely - forget to heal their mates, etc..

That's why we need an option to turn on chat bubbles (speech bubbles). Make it an optional toggle on/off option so every user can decide for themselves if they want chat bubbles to show on their client or not.

There are some visually impaired people that would thank you for chat bubbles as well.

Also, if there are indeed performance issues with the speech bubbles still (reportedly, that's why Bioware removed them during beta), a toggle option will give the users a chance to either sacrifice performance for playability and turn the chat bubbles on or turn them off and gain some performance.

Everybody wins! So please, developers, I beg you dearly to add chat bubbles already, they are an essential part of MMOs for many players. Thank you very much!

PS.: While at it, please add some speaking animations when saying something in chat to complement chat bubbles as well (there is a nice animation bount to the /talk emote already, perhaps you wish to use that one).
I don't want chat bubbles, period.
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