I always pick random matchmaking with people over playing with bots, but if someone comes in with their mic on, I find I immediately “nope” right to the mute button. I have no patience for pretending to be interested for the sake of small talk anymore nor does it fascinate me how stoned a stranger might be at that moment in time. I want all of the benefits of playing with actual human beings, just without all of the tiring social elements. I have enough friends. I’m at my quota, and it’s exhausting enough just maintaining those relationships.
I spent hours grinding for this new piece of gear, and an AI bot doesn’t give a shit, so just quietly admire my cosmetics, and let’s enjoy the game in silence. Is that too much to ask?