Alright, so I’ve played enough matchmaking… and it drives me crazy. There are those games that occur where you’re just wondering how the hell you could be matched up so poorly: you (or myself) always seem to have the Carebears on their team, while facing off against the Delta squad! Like… how? Anyways, while that is somewhat of the problem, that is not the complete problem: the problem is the community itself. We have become accustomed to joining a party with friends and just chatting with them… or we don’t plug in our mic… or we just leave it muted. Why? I don’t know why, because I get on my mic and I go off; I don’t see why others don’t. Could the mic have broken? Sure. It could have. But you can buy a cheap one for $25, or look for deals: I got the Turtle Beach XO Four Stealth for $80 from Best Buy because they had a sale going on them. Regardless, you know you are playing a competitive game… why would you not want to be prepared to play at a high scale? I notice that there are some games where the only problem is that the team is not communicating in the least, which leads us to being trampled because the other team seems to be doing the opposite of that.
Stop worrying about what a stranger thinks of your voice. Just get on and communicate. Halo 5, as far as I’m concerned, but the community has become a bit of an anchor because they all reminisce of the past, stating how good they used to be… or how well they used to play with their teams, and how unbeatable they were, and how they could have gone pro. If you could’ve, you would’ve. If you want to tell us about how you could have done that, then you should also play like you would have, which means communicate. Help. I have called out enemy locations several times and have not had one single person turn to help; until I died. We’re not playing to trade kills… we’re playing to take kills, and keep our teammates alive in the process (at least for slayer; but even in objective gametypes, if you can’t slay at all, your chances of winning are greatly reduced).
So… for the sake of the competitive community: plug in your mic! Leave your party chats! Communicate with the people that you are on a team with at that particular moment, whether they are communicating or not. Some people will follow your example and start plugging in their mics to communicate as well when they hear you; it will go on. Stop going under the impression of, “Well, I’m not playing customs or Gamebattles, so I’m not going to actually try!” and play every game as if you’re in the finals of an MLG tournament.
Play to win, and play to have fun. It’s not fair to give random players any less than you would your team, especially for those who don’t get to play as often as others do anymore. The community has grown up, and a number of us have responsibilities now. But that doesn’t mean we don’t still want to win the game when we do have a chance to play. Give me a fair chance. I don’t like people entering my game and ruining my experience, so why would I do it to others?