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Dekron #2182
New feature : quick message services(1)Category: ConsoleSeptember-23-2013 2:15 PM PDT (6 years ago) Go to Blizzard forum post
Hello there !

I bought D3 on Xbox and I, who play very randomly with the headset / micro, miss a serious feature in the game : being able to communicate quickly with my teammates without using a microphone !

It was a feature originally design in diablo 2 (remember the 0-6 number key and theirs messages : item, help, thanks, goodbye ...). No one really used it ? For sure, we were using a keyboard !

Yet on a gamepad thing are very differents, and the communication's possibilities are mainly missing (except the microphone) as the gameplay is enhanced, on the other side.
Actually, to send any message without the mic', u need to :
- push xbox guide button, and wait ...
- select friends, and wait ...
- select the right friend on the list
- select "send a message"
- select "add text"
- write it down letter by letter
- agree your text
- agree to send the message
- quit the profile, and get back to the game

It is very disapointing and i think that it represent the main and only issue of this game.

What do we really need ?

Some key messages (audio AND text), grouped by categories (fight, items, misc, ...) for example :

Combat :
- Here is my target !
- I need help !
- This way, follow me !
- There !
- Yahaaa !
...

Items :
- Get it, it's free !
- Item on the ground !
- Need some XXX
- I'm selling YYY...

Misc :
-hello
-good bye
-thanks
-die
-yes
-no
-i don't have a microphone !
....

Each message would be pronounced by our caracter (as they were in Diablo 2) and also written on the bottom left side of the screen, a bit as the messages are displayed on D3 on computer, so we won't missed it and know the "speaking player".

How to use it from the game ?

Simple ! As messages were used in some old Unreal Tournament Game if you remember. And this fit perfectly with the D3 gameplay as this were using the left button of the gamepad's cross stick.

Left button -> Quick messages menu
Then the main themes (combat, misc, items, ...)
then the appropriate message, and that's all !

You can at least quickly answer to someone using a microphone even if you don't have one, otherwise it's really spoiling/breaking the game rhythm and action.

Please Blizzard think about it !

thanks for reading
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Vaneras
New feature : quick message services(4)October-11-2013 5:18 AM PDT (6 years ago) Go to Blizzard forum post
I bought D3 on Xbox and I, who play very randomly with the headset / micro, miss a serious feature in the game : being able to communicate quickly with my teammates without using a microphone !


I can tell you that we are exploring options to make this possible, but I do not yet know how or when such a feature will work. Sorry for the lack of specifics, but we just wanted you to know that we totally hear you and everyone else who feel they need some sort of microphone-free quick messaging system :-)
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