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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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anonnn
03.10.2014 , 01:01 AM | #1591
I'm starting to think Chat Bubbles are going to happen. I think maybe they'll start as only in your SWToR Home, and the maximum people in your Home will probably be the Ops group size, which is 24 people so the performance problems won't affect you with so few people.

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SawneyRath
03.28.2014 , 09:59 AM | #1592
I really hope they release Chat Bubbles with this expansion (Or sooner is always good too!) Would make me so happy!
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Go-Gon-Kanda
03.28.2014 , 06:13 PM | #1593
I think this is a fantastic idea and I cannot believe I only stumbled upon this thread today. I have wanted chat bubbles and spatial hat in the game since I first played, back when it launched, so I for one, strongly support this idea!

Bioware, please implement it!!!!!!

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Sarfux
03.28.2014 , 06:43 PM | #1594
As I talked to the technical director in a cantina event, chat bubbles are an absolute nightmare with this game. It caused all sorts of issues/lag in beta when they had them and until they figure out how to fix the technical errors that arise when putting chat bubbles, we are not going to see them. Sorry it's just the truth. It's not on their list of priorities right now for the game but he said they are always figuring out how to do things. Maybe, just maybe if they "crack the code" so it doesn't cause the lag they might be able to do it.

I wouldn't hold my breath though. Sorry!
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SawneyRath
03.29.2014 , 08:59 AM | #1595
Quote: Originally Posted by Sarfux View Post
As I talked to the technical director in a cantina event, chat bubbles are an absolute nightmare with this game. It caused all sorts of issues/lag in beta when they had them and until they figure out how to fix the technical errors that arise when putting chat bubbles, we are not going to see them. Sorry it's just the truth. It's not on their list of priorities right now for the game but he said they are always figuring out how to do things. Maybe, just maybe if they "crack the code" so it doesn't cause the lag they might be able to do it.

I wouldn't hold my breath though. Sorry!
Funny thing, I also spoke to him at the NYC Cantina Tour last October, and they said we will be seeing them when they fix the issues, and that it is a thing they are actively working on and a relatively high priority for the UI people.
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Glzmo
03.29.2014 , 09:10 AM | #1596
Quote: Originally Posted by SawneyRath View Post
Quote: Originally Posted by Sarfux View Post
As I talked to the technical director in a cantina event, chat bubbles are an absolute nightmare with this game. It caused all sorts of issues/lag in beta when they had them and until they figure out how to fix the technical errors that arise when putting chat bubbles, we are not going to see them. Sorry it's just the truth. It's not on their list of priorities right now for the game but he said they are always figuring out how to do things. Maybe, just maybe if they "crack the code" so it doesn't cause the lag they might be able to do it.

I wouldn't hold my breath though. Sorry!
Funny thing, I also spoke to him at the NYC Cantina Tour last October, and they said we will be seeing them when they fix the issues, and that it is a thing they are actively working on and a relatively high priority for the UI people.
Sadly, I think the developers that are currently in charge of this game don't have a clue or even give a damn on what exactly the issues with chat bubbles were in the first place and what is needed to fix them and implement the feature. I have the feeling it's alot easier to fix the problems they had and to implement them than many of them believe it to be.
If their engineers only had a serious look at the previous implementation from beta and talked to people that actually worked on them (like Corey Kolek who was the only one kind enough to go out of his way to explain to us the reasons why chat bubbles had been delayed originally and that the issue with them was their hogging of too much video memory for video cards with lower amounts of onboard memory and the same fix they implemented for nameplates during late beta could fix chat bubbles but only wasn't implemented for launch due to time constraints - and that they need to get time alloted to work on them to "get them right") they'd be able to implement them rather quickly.

It seems that Bioware simply doesn't care about the feature or the players that have been loyally subscribing for over 2 years to fund chat bubble development and patiently waiting for them to finally keep their promise.
I think the only way we'll get chat bubbles is if somebody that cares about them enough gets put in charge of development.

If I'm wrong, I dare a Bioware representative to drop into this thread (and please read the top post in it's entirety, especially the timeline of previous Bioware comments) and set things straight with a detailed post.

We really don't know what the current status is. Sometimes we get told they are a top priority, other times they are on the priority list and are being worked on, other times that they aren't any priority at all, at times we are told they don't know how to fix/implement them, other times we're told they know exactly how to fix/implement them but only need more time to "get them right", etc.. How are we, as the players supposed to know what exactly is going on regarding this matter? Some transparency would be much appreciated.

If you aren't working on them and don't even have them on your priority list anymore, then please show some decency and at least come here and officially say so, so those of us waiting for them can finally cancel our subscriptions and move on from this mess.

It's just a shame that we are being kept in such a limbo and that promises still haven't been kept after almost two and a half years.

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Slay_Victus
04.02.2014 , 07:35 AM | #1597
Quote: Originally Posted by Xerda View Post
I hate chat bubbles too. It's just another form of spam.

So as long as they introduce it with an option to disable. I'll be happy
Agreed.

Personally I think Chat Bubbles are annoying, but as long as the option to turn them off is included I have no problems.

NO to Chat Bubbles!

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anonnn
04.02.2014 , 11:38 AM | #1598
Quote: Originally Posted by Slay_Victus View Post
The only games I see with this feature are the ones from Korea (Lineage II, Lost Chaos, etc). To be honest Chat Bubbles are annoying. The option to turn them off must be included if this nightmare feature is added. Chat bubbles would quickly become the in game pop-up add for CashFarmers.

Just Say NO to Chat Bubbles!
It's been said a hundred times, Chat Bubbles requires a checkbox in the Preferences for Enable/Disable. In fact the Chat Bubbles should be off by default, so that no one is suddenly hit by unwanted bubbles on launch day. To combat Credit-Farming Chat Bubbles, I think we should get in Preferences a modifiable hotkey that does a /ignore on the target (since we're talking about Chat Bubbles that will be in-view along with the offending party). That way we can just . ><BLAM>< . one-click the credit farmer out of sight and out of mind. And the moment we click our /ignore ability, all of that person's Chat Bubbles should vanish.

I have something to say, about Chat Bubbles. You may not agree with it, but if you give it some honest thought across a few days, and genuinely consider the game with and without Chat Bubbles, you'll find that I'm exactly correct.
. . . . . >> There's no in-game social environment without Chat Bubbles.
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Boring conversation anyway.
Think twice. . . Think again.
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vadess
04.05.2014 , 09:03 AM | #1599
Quote: Originally Posted by Slay_Victus View Post
Agreed.

Personally I think Chat Bubbles are annoying, but as long as the option to turn them off is included I have no problems.

NO to Chat Bubbles!

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captaincalculus
04.06.2014 , 03:21 AM | #1600
I've been playing since the start of the game, hoping that some day we'll see some support for RP in terms of chat bubbles. I waited. We waited. We tried talking in crowded areas with a detached spam-cluttered chat window for two years. At least I can't wait no more. I know a lot of people don't do RP and thus see no point in chat bubbles, and that's fine. We all want different things in life. This is just how I feel.

Let's just face it, chat bubbles will never be implemented. It was just empty promises to string fans, like myself and so many others in this thread, along for as long as possible.

The same can be said for a lot of things, like PvP, but that's off topic.

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