Warzone 2.0 Proximity Chat Is Unhinged

If you hear a heavy Long Island accent mocking you in Warzone 2.0, it's me.

If you hear a heavy Long Island accent mocking you Warzone 2.0it is me.
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We’ve solely had Warzone 2.0 for a couple of hours, and it is already clear that proximity chat is a completely bonkers new characteristic. Today, the brand-new battle royale from Call of Duty launched an hour or so sooner than deliberateand there are a ton of latest options to parse by—a completely revamped stock system, a tag-team gulag, and proximity chat aka toxicity in your neighborhood.

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A video from FaZe Clan member ZooMaa reveals off simply how highly effective proximity chat may be as a method of removing enemy squad members—and speaking a lot shit they get nervous and choke. “Come right here buddy, I hear you dude,” an enemy says throughout ZooMaa’s stream. ZooMaa then smack-talks him again, repeatedly asking “the place are you?” earlier than the 2 have interaction in a hilarious shouting/capturing match.

Of course, well-known Call of Duty streamer TimTheTatman has additionally already weighed in on the proximity chat discourse, sharing a video of himself telling an enemy to “peep the top” earlier than he headshots them and calling the brand new characteristic “content material.”

It’s unclear how shut you must be for proximity chat to kick in, and you probably have your in-game chat off or your mic muted, it will not actually matter. But when it does begin working, it is apparent that it is the form of characteristic that can solely spawn extra chaos, extra yelling, and in loads of circumstances, extra toxicity. Will this sport make taking part in in opposition to dudes extra insufferable? Maybe. Will I double down on being equally annoying? You guess.

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During my first Warzone 2.0 quads match, my teammates and I picked up a bounty contract and got the situation of an enemy participant to take out, which might award us a fats stack of money. As we drew nearer to the situation on our tac-map, it turned clear that the enemy, conscious of the bounty on his head, went to the tippy-top of the best constructing within the space. As we climbed it looking for him, his voice all of the sudden rang out in my headset, his title within the backside left-hand nook of my scream.

“Get the fuck away from me!” he yelled, panic rising in his voice. “I’m coming for you, child,” I sang again. My staff all began singing “we’re coming for you” just like the ghosts of schoolchildren from the nineteenth century till we flushed him out. His final phrases have been “god dammit.”

It is abundantly clear inside the first few hours of launch that Warzone 2.0‘s proximity chat goes to be a polarizing characteristic. For marginalized folks taking part in Call of Duty, it could possibly be one more approach for them to be the topic of harassment. Fortunately, you’ll be able to flip off proximity chat, voice chat, and final phrases chat all within the Warzone 2.0 settings menu. If you are like me, nevertheless, and have been hardened by 20 years of abuse from straight cishet males in FPS titles, you are welcome to hitch me in retaining proximity chat on.

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