By: Hannah Mcwhorter


In a new issue of Edge magazine, the co-director of Splatoon, Tusuke Amano, explained why Splatoon won’t have any voice chat. “When I played online games, I didn’t like the negativity I got and people telling me, ‘You’re crap, Go away,. So we wanted to focus on the positive aspects of online gaming.” I can agree that online communities can be extremely toxic, whether it be within the FPS communities, or within others such as the MOBA communities. Why, though, do games bother at all with voice chat if they only bring negativity to games? Don’t we all enjoy using voice chat as a better and faster mode of communication in games that require intense strategy? “I don’t want you to misunderstand,” Amano stated. “I’m not denying having chat in an online game does contribute to fun. But, as we’ve said, we want to grab new people.”

For a third-person shooter, this communication block may cause frustration for some more intense players. However, seeing as Nintendo is stating that it’s demographic is newer, and perhaps younger players, I can understand the concern. Often voice chat breeds negativity rather than positive reinforcement, and is often strewn of obscenities that would be inappropriate for Nintendo’s often young target audience.

If you haven’t looked into Splatoon yet, it is a cartoony shooter which has elements of Super Mario Sunshine and has plenty of… squids. Its design is adorable, and I am looking forward to the paint-gun shooter. A lot of the game is based on painting the floor and walls to better travel via squid form. The main focus of the game seems to be turf wars, where teams compete to try to cover more of the arena than their opponents. Though it is quite silly, it looks like it could be tons of fun. Are you guys interested at all?

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About the blogger

bbbbbbHannah McWhorter has a degree in Game and Application Development and has been a career programmer and graphical developer. She enjoys PC gaming and is partial to competitive team games such as DOTA 2 and Heroes of the Storm.