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Vox – and gaming


When my dad used to answer the phone for his business his voice would drop an octave – making him sound a little more gruff, authoritative,  business like ect.

When I used to work in a call centre,  my voice was professional – but also with a hint of cheer.  Welcome to….   my name is…..  how can I help you today……  At work now, in meetings, delivering presentations, when I did speeches back in highschool.  The tone of my voice would change for the occasion.

I have 3 vent voices.

Aussie Yobbo – ok, not quite,  but its a little rough  – it’s not sexy  its – ocka, may involve words like Bloody hell, far out, man,  lots of lazy language.

Normal – how I speak normally – will speak like that in guild/ normal groups / groups with friends – its distinctively female and Australian – but my voice is even, and clear.

Not so – normal – curl your toes kinda voice  – 1/2 an octave lower.  Oh yeah I  can do it.  ( no audio samples available)   This is not done often – its like that tone your voice gets when you’re laying back on bed talking to someone your interested in. I do not use this in Raids/Pugs blah ect ect EVER. purrrrrrs

In a pug I tend to use the Yobbo/Normal variation when I speak.  Reduces the “As long as that  Sexy sounding Aussie chick is there – I’ll be there” Yes I like being flattered.  *blushes

I was reading a management book some time ago,  that talked about your voice tones,  and  the impression they make in the business world, and how serious you will be taken with your communication style, so perhaps I’m a little more conscious of it.  As  a singer I am also a little aware of things like vocal chords, and using your body as an instrument.  Getting your pitch and tone right, and holding a note with simple things like leaning back slightly to tighten up your vocal chords and your posture, so I’d like to think I talk clearly and precisely most of the time. 

You are more likely to be taken seriously,in real life, and in vent if you communicate well, and that involves,  listening as well as speaking. I am not trying to advocate that you change your voice tone  ( but you can with practise)  but if you sound like a meek mouse,  you will get treated like one.  If your tone, and pitch are erratic,  if you mumble – over talk,  ramble,  you’ve all heard them all – you will get spoken over, muted, ignored.  Anything of value you have to say may be discounted. 

How a leader communicates will impact on how seriously his/her position is taken.

My mother used to threaten to send me to a lady’s finishing school if I didn’t speak properly.’ The rain in spain falls mainly on the plain” , and “How now brown cow”  I am a confident communicator. I’m  not afraid of getting up in front of people and talking .

I love vent.  I love the instant communication.  I love that it is a tool for discussion, and not just instruction.  It gives gaming a more human feel to me. 

Raiding,  Wow,  would be a different game for me if there was no voice communication, and I honestly do not believe that if not for things like Vent,  even Team Speak, or Skype that raiding co-ordination could go so smoothly, or that Wow could have developed into the game it has today.

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6 Responses to “Vox – and gaming”


  1. 1 Klepsacovic June 7, 2010 at 5:19 am

    I’m rather jealous of people who are confident in their voices. I unfortunately have one of those “whiny nerd teen on vent” voices. You know the type. Or maybe that’s just a long-standing delusion, since I avoid letting my voice be recorded after years of my brothers mocking it.

  2. 2 Bri June 7, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Our small family and friends guild doesn’t raid, so we have no need for Vent. I avoid voice chat in PUG’s like the plague, though — the inevitable “OMG a girl” reaction makes it almost intolerable.

  3. 3 Shiva June 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I am really surprised with all the “OMG a girl” comments going on. Maybe I am just a bit isolated.

    I have to admit there is one certain Australian chick on my server who is known far and wide. She’s probably about 18 now last I checked, but she’s been on the server since she was 13. Bad to mediocre healer, but she has this bubbly Australian voice that some people love (or really hate). She’s almost like a mini-server celebrity.

    Or maybe Dragonblight just has a lot more girls. I suppose while reflecting, there are at least two chicks in my guild who run their own pug runs. (Although as far as I know there is no GDKP on Dragonblight, which makes me sad).

    I think your post though has caused me to break out a stick-y note “investigate voice and business relationship”.

    • 4 Pugnacious Priest June 9, 2010 at 12:42 am

      You can change your tone permantly I wouldn’t recommend it if you want to sung though it apparently causes damage to your vocal chords but it was s suggestion to managers requiring that extra authority

  4. 5 Mr Unknown June 8, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Your comments on communication and leadership are interesting.

    I have had the experience of raiding with a, mmm, ‘Raid Leader’ who has now basic knowledge of anything regarding strategy, class makeups and the like. He also is too cheap to buy a microphone and instead uses RW’s and caps in /ra to yell at people with nothing more productive than “FFS” and “GOGOGO hurry up go.”

    This is all despite listening on vent…

    • 6 Mr Unknown June 8, 2010 at 2:21 am

      I should clarify, The RL has NO clue about how to run a raid, not “now” basic… damn grammar


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