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Poll: Requiring a Microphone for PUGS

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Wildefyr, Apr 2, 2017.


Should Microphones be required to PUG?

  1. Yes

    34 vote(s)
  2. No

    35 vote(s)
  1. Wildefyr

    Wildefyr Instant Access

    Today, we have experienced the issue of potentially smurfs playing in pickups, making games unbalanced by making picking as a captain much more difficult. Requiring that a player must have a microphone ensures their identity. As the game moves to be cheaper, and eventually free to play, this will be an issue for pickups moving forward.

    Please refrain from voting if you don't play pickups, this poll is to gauge current pickup players opinions.

    EDIT: Just to make it clear, I personally have no strong opinion one way or the other. Post was made to discuss the issue of smurfing in pickups, along with trying to see how many support requiring a microphone.
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2017
  2. Application-1

    Application-1 Private Tester

    Can't see who voted on what so we can't call em out for elitist nerds this thread sucks.
    Wildefyr likes this.
  3. Melur

    Melur Private Tester

    This is hilarious.
  4. miri

    miri Instant Access

    Microphone HIGHLY PREFERRED.

  5. widow

    widow Instant Access

    Playing 3 pugs and lost all 8-2 is not much fun.
    But who cares, smurf always unbalance his team so... always win...
  6. Xzanth

    Xzanth PUG Lord

    If smurfing is the problem we should ban smurfing. Shutting out people who don't own microphones or don't want to talk doesn't make sense.
    Stuby, C_Zachero, powdahound and 6 others like this.
  7. Wildefyr

    Wildefyr Instant Access

    What's your system for detecting smurfs then without requiring a microphone?
  8. slush

    slush Private Tester

    I voted No. We have vchat now.
    Verna likes this.
  9. Jahman

    Jahman Instant Access

    mic to detect smurf is one issue. but how do you play a PUG well without voice?
    "2 right one midfield one just starting" kinda hard to do in voice chat? the list of times when you need the subtlety of voice over VC is pretty high seems like.
    wristfracture likes this.
  10. slush

    slush Private Tester

    Calling out cappers is a waste of time if youre on O cus they get out anyway
    Mabel, Application-1, Sin and 5 others like this.
  11. HeaDCReePS

    HeaDCReePS Private Tester

    As for d0m, just pick him where his play level should be picked at.

    As for future smurfs, without some sort of smurf checker, I don't think banning players without mic's is the answer. d0m is capable of telling me more information than some people do with a mic. Using vgs is fine for these pugs.

    It's possible d0m is new to midair and just knows how to play. Who are we to decide what is expected of new players skill levels?
  12. widow

    widow Instant Access

    Is the first solution, then we can find a better one. Doing nothing is stupid...
    Anyway they deleted the account...
    I refuse to comment the post above mine...
  13. eightnine

    eightnine Instant Access

    Maybe d0m is st0lid.
  14. Nastyhobbit

    Nastyhobbit Moderator Staff Member

    should everyone in the pug be on comms? yes
    should the captains have a mic? yes
    does everyone need one? not really, but they do need to be able to listen in
    Stuby likes this.
  15. Wildefyr

    Wildefyr Instant Access

    Well the split vote means that this issue is in a bit of a deadlock for now, we'll continue as we have done, especially since just raising the issue of smurfing has dramatically reduced smurfs to zero in pickups. Perhaps the issue will be raised again when it becomes much easier to create new accounts for free.
  16. Ucan

    Ucan Private Tester

    This is very familiar...where have I heard this before?
    wristfracture and thecaptaintea like this.
  17. p0ke

    p0ke Private Tester

    OK, this is a really clear result! So we do not need a mic for PUGs ;-D
  18. japes

    japes Private Tester

    I think we kind of agreed that no-mic is ok as long as you are in mumble to hear other peoples comms
    thecaptaintea likes this.
  19. IcedWinds

    IcedWinds Private Tester

    The whole point of PUG is a game where we communicate to make it more engaging and competitive, so mic should be required by default. . The added issue of smurfs only solidifies that
  20. miri

    miri Instant Access

    To be fair a large amount of people who have mics don't use them so I don't think it's viable to have any other expectation beyond being willing to join and listen.