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Total Noob: How to get started + voice chat

#1astro_bdwPosted 2/4/2008 12:03:07 AM
OK, I am a long time gamer who favors FPS games, but who has really never dug into online gaming at all. Any tips on just getting started would be greatly appreciated - seems like there must be a "noob's guide to TF2" out there somewhere.

It seems like pretty much everyone uses voice chat - do many folks successfully enjoy this game without? I do have a mic + headphones I could set up, but I am just not a very social gamer.

I was just on a server where people commented over voice "I think the scout's weapon is disabled!" etc. as I was running around noobishly, not knowing WTF I was doing... it wasn't mean, really, but it was embarrassing.
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#2ThugglesPosted 2/4/2008 1:21:09 AM
I don't use a mic and it works fine, though sometimes I end up dying trying to relay something important. I would only if PC games would let you only have the voices come through the headset instead of all of the sound effects, but until that happens I'll just have to keep dying.
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#3astro_bdw(Topic Creator)Posted 2/4/2008 1:36:46 AM
That was actually one of my questions - if voice could be routed to 'phones while general game sound still came through my 5.1 setup.
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#4ThugglesPosted 2/4/2008 1:56:40 AM
Nah, I've tried and tried and it's pretty much only if the game supports it. If you have two sound devices I think you can set the game to use one, then have TeamSpeak or some other third party voice chat program play through the other device but that's just my own wild theory.
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#5arleasPosted 2/4/2008 10:25:46 AM
You have two options: 1) learn to use the mic and get used to being a good team member by warning people of spies, incoming heavy/medic combos etc or 2) get used to using the voice commands in the game since you can do quite a lot with the z/x/c/ voice commands...

I have a mic but I save it for times when the voice commands aren't going to cut it... like when you have to tell someone you just saw a spy uncloak as demoman in your base... or letting them know that the spy is disguised as you....
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#6arleasPosted 2/4/2008 10:27:46 AM
Oh yeah, it IS possible to use a mic while your sound still comes out of your 5.1 speakers... because that's what I do... if you have the headset/mic that is NOT USB, just don't plug in the headphone jack....

If you have the headset mic that IS USB, then you have to go into the settings and choose the sound output from your main sound card, and then go to recording settings and choose the microphone on your headset...

Obviously the first option is simpler...
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#7CAPTAIN_GARL0CKPosted 2/4/2008 12:52:19 PM
I haven't used a mic since I quit WoW and I do fine you can communicate just as well using the commands in game and the chat to talk to your teammates. The reason I don't use a mic is because it broke and I'm too cheap to buy a new one.
#8IlluminatusCUPosted 2/4/2008 1:16:25 PM
Oh yeah, it IS possible to use a mic while your sound still comes out of your 5.1 speakers... because that's what I do... if you have the headset/mic that is NOT USB, just don't plug in the headphone jack....

If you have the headset mic that IS USB, then you have to go into the settings and choose the sound output from your main sound card, and then go to recording settings and choose the microphone on your headset..


The TC is asking if it's possible to get the voice chat through the headphones while the game sound comes through the speakers, the way that it works on the XBox360. Under the setup you describe, the voice chat would come through the speakers with everything else.

I don't think its possible to set it up the XBox way, and I think its a huge flaw of PC gaming.
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#9arleasPosted 2/4/2008 4:14:30 PM
Ok, well for that you'd need something like ventrillo or Teamspeak and hope that everyone was on the same server for that... THEN you could do that... Or maybe we could bug valve about it (make a suggestion/comment via their official methods) and they could put in the ability to direct voice chat to a different soundcard (as in the USB Headsets)....

I don't have a problem with people's voices coming through my speakers... the only time I hate it is when someone is talking on their mic too close to their speakers and they echo/feedback...

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