I guess there are some things I sort of take for granted that the video game industry has just figured the fuck out. Until recently, I thought “voice chat” was one of them. I mean, we’ve had it long enough, right? Most of the kinks have been worked out. Get a headset, talk to people while you play. Easy enough?
Sometimes we can even do it wirelessly. That’s a thing we’ve figured out, as a species. And then along comes Nintendo.
Now if they had said “Wired Headsets Only”, well, it might have been viewed as a small step backwards, but no big deal. Instead, they said “You can voice chat through your phone.” That’s right. They built us an app for our phones… so that we can make a phone call.
That was a hard enough pill to swallow. Then I saw the shit-show involved if you want to have your voice chat and game audio come through the same headset. Holy shit, who knew that was suddenly a complex undertaking?!
So basically just plug everything into that phallic dongle there and you too can obtain year 2000 technology, except with more wires.
The Switch has been on a great run since launch as far as I’m concerned, which is why this is so incredibly frustrating to me. It’s like, in some things Nintendo can be so innovative and on point, and then they present stuff like this that leaves me no choice to wonder “Did they just forget about this feature?” I mean, did get so wrapped up in making this console and the JoyCons that they started manufacturing and then one day looked at each other and said “Oh shit… what was our plan for multiplayer chat?”
Nintendo Online had better be damned good, that’s all I’m gonna say, because I’m now a little more concerned about features they’ve refused to elaborate on until suddenly they unveil a dumpster fire.
In other news, if you live in Australia or New Zealand, and want a copy of the Ctrl+Alt+Del 1.0 three-volume box set, good news! A month ago we loaded a pallet of those very books onto a boat, and that boat is expected to arrive down under next week! Once they’re through customs, they’ll be ready to ship!
If you live in New Zealand, click the button below to lock in your order for a book set. Book + Shipping = $140.
There are 126 sets up for grabs, shipping to Aus or NZ, and once they’re gone, there will be no more at this price. You’d have to have one shipped from the US, and that costs like $150. Just for postage! It’s bananas, I know. It’s a really heavy book set and you guys are pretty far away.
So anyway, if you want one, don’t sleep on this opportunity.