Xbox Live can be a great enjoyment, and headsets with microphone that plug into your controller allow in-game chat which, for me as I play a lot of Gears of War 3 Team Death Matches (TDM) lately, just makes gameplay cooler. The idea of the chat feature in TDM or other team-based games is to allow communication between team members, although unless you are in a private party everyone else in the room will also hear what you are saying.
Unfortunately, chat also allows you to meet Xbox Live’s whiners. Yep, whiners on Xbox Live, and I’m not talking about strictly 8 year-olds. I expect kids to whine, but I’ve been hearing whining (in many forms) in GOW 3 play and its kind of amazing – in a bad way. This is especially a let down when you run into a player that is talented at the game. Winning is cool, but even when I am pwned, by an opposing team with great team cohesion, superior strategy and players with real skills, I can enjoy the game. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good win, but its not essential to enjoying the game for me. Also, in the circumstances above I try to watch carefully what was done by this amazing team and its individual players to advance my gaming.
But back to whining and what you can do to address it. Xbox Live will introduce you whiners (complainers of all types), to “dead talkers” and others. You’ll listen to their whiny complaints, the music they are listening to while playing the game, their insults, their phone calls (yep, I’ve heard a couple of those, too) and comments about the unfairness of … of anything they choose to blame on the reason the last player bested them. I’ll refer to these guys and gals as unhappy players.