Yeah...Im yelling. We should all have the two most popular voice comm programs installed on our computers. At the drop of a hat, we should be able to log in and participate with voice comms the minute itsdetermined another player in the group has a server to use.
PvP requires good coordination...Brig. Gen raids requires even better coordination. The coming war(if its worth its salt), will benefit from coordinated groups.
If you PvP, if you do group PvE content(raids, etc)...you should have access to, you should have at the ready...voice comms!
Both Ventrilo and Teamspeak is free, their use is free, the downloads are quick, the software size small, the install its even faster and setting it up is only a few minutes. Headphones are cheap, USB mikes are even cheaper...CPU loads are small...very limited, if any drop in performance.
Get it, use it, live it...Beat those Feds!
I have a Free, Public KDF Vent server. Use it whenever, as long as its for KDF operations. Hop on and invite players to use it like its yours. Its small, but it will accomodate any PvP group size, or two Raid groups. If it needs to be increased, I'll increase the number of user slots as needed.
I miss out on a lot of stuff because of this. I'm hearing impaired and using ts of vent at volumes that I can hear makes my ears ring like mad. But I realize that a lot, if not all, 'group' play is made easier with the use of voice chat.
No, it won't automatically make you better, but it does make it easy to call for help, or designate a target on the fly. There is no doubt in my mind that a team that's using Vent (or TS) and coordinating their efforts will beat a chat-text-only team every time.
That said, I play a lot at night, with my wife in bed trying to sleep about 4 feet away from my desk, so I rarely ever use it. But it's still a good idea.
It makes my personal game experience worse to hear my team eat chips, crack jokes or get annoying 'heal me revive me, heal me, yadda yadda'. I played efficiently with teams - even random teams - by a simple rolecall. 'I tank, I heal, I flank' and such before starting; simple instructions 'no respawns/revive only, no heals' or general strategic calls 'target x first/player x does (whatever, kill nodes, disable force fields)'. If someone needs instructions on every step of the way, fine. But if you play with people who know their class and how to use it, you can easily do without.
Which is exactly why I don't like using either of those programs. The very last thing I want to hear when I'm trying to play a game is some kid/teen/megalomaniacal control freak/etc/etc/etc screaming at someone because they've been stupid enough to respawn outside of the forcefield (again), won't get into formation, keeps firing torpedoes, won't do it like he/she wants it, etc.
I also really don't like the idea of running with a big tough Klingon or Gorn and then hearing them represented by a near falsetto voice.
Some may say that this will keep me from getting picked for groups, but that's a good thing. I don't want to hear them, they don't want to type to me, everyone's happy. I've run in many many successful groups where no one had TS/Vent (gasp), so until Cryptic invents something that transforms little 9 year old Billy-Jo-Bubba-Bob's voice into K'thon the Klingon (and censors hysterical temper tantrums), you'll never catch my dulcet tones wafting through your headphones.