The lack of voice comms is def a inhibiting factor but, does anyone still even play with game sound on?
Dude, this is awesome. Kuddos to the whole guild, but especially to their staff core. You're all amazing!
Amazing. I love to see these spotlights! Overcoming challenges and seeing creative ways of playing never cease to amaze.
but outside of comms which really don't matter once you know the fights what does being deaf stop you from doing?
Nice! Deaf player here, I've run into some issues such as raid groups using only voice comms. But those tend to be in the minority so I'm not really worried. The only things I have to worry about in order of priority would be player/frame lags and paying attention to the chat text while staying alive.
This hits a little close, i really got into the game this expansion but I dabbled in WoD and BC. I remember during 8.0 starting up as a newbie with no friends on the Kel'Thuzad server. I pugged my way, shaking in my boots to my first mythic dungeons and up to AoTC pretty quickly. Windwalker monk was the top DPS on release (good times) and i had randomly picked monk. Anyway to the point, i had started to raid with more serious guild, and two of the people from the old guild i was in wanted to raid with me, they were pretty cool guys and decent at the game, but they were also deaf. Now it wasn't my decision to really make but every guild or group in any game i had ever played had all used voice chat. You want the quick communication and you want to hear people's emotions and such. So i told them i would check but no promises. It really made me dwell and feel bad but i couldn't pressure people to have the entire group work around their disability. It's only a game but we were trying to be efficient as possible, and my new guild had no ties to them. So they were responsible and had to recruit people who had the ability to communicate easily. Seeing this though really makes me feel nice inside, and to my friends from Kel'Thuzad, I'm sorry my group wouldn't take you. I noticed throughout the last 2 years every patch their IO would increase, and it seemed like they had found a great place in Mythic + and whatever else they may have enjoyed. Don't give up dudes, this story is really inspiring and there's so many people out there who want to play with you and or share your disability. World of Warcraft is a place to find friends and happiness, as much as it is killing bosses and getting stupid ass loot and mounts. Awesome stuff Undaunted and WoWHead!
I play with the in-game sound off, mostly because I find the combat sounds irritating, and I'm usually watching/listening to YouTube/Netflix on my other screen while I play. It also makes it a lot easier to focus on audio warnings from DBM, and commands in voice chat. I do turn the sound/music on now and then for something different.
Good luck getting CE, you can do it!
this is just the heartwarming story we need in time like this.To see there are people in this community to go out of their way to create a inclusive environment for those who have difficult fitting in. Kudos and respect to them
I really really love these kinda articles. Same for the one with the blind wow Player.It amazes me how people can overcome such situations where most people would give up from the get go. Me included. I have thought about this some time since these articles first released here and my world would fall apart being disabled and not being able to play like I am now out of nowhere.It also shows the importance of 3rd Party tools such as WA or DBM, imagine purely dependent on the Standard UI and functions. Whose creators are still heroes for me to this day for making our life 200x easier.HUGE respect to you, your officers and raidleads for actively trying and succeding in supporting deaf players in Azeroth. And even shape them for mythic, a Mode which even people without disabilities struggle most of the time. Please more of these articles Mandl. I really enjoy them, it gives such an interesting insight.
Multiply-disabled player here, including HoH. This is a great article, but saying that we "overcome" our disabilities and calling us "inspirational" is objectifying and unwelcome to many of us. We are just living our daily lives and playing a game. I love the article otherwise, it's a great in-depth highlight on inclusivity! I really appreciate the links and embedded videos!
"Because most of this material is not captioned"This is a problem with Youtube as a whole, but this definitely needs addressing. Even with good hearing, there's folks who quite frankly should not be talking without having captions. Get your videos captioned, content creators! Especially those of you with heavy accents, or English as a non-primary language; you're hard to understand sometimes. Captions would help literally everyone, including yourselves. If you note any points where you yourself can't understand what you're saying, it'll help you correct your speech. For the sake of everyone, especially those with hearing issues, make captions the norm! Make them a toggled option still, but make it the norm!As funny as this is going to sound, I miss the days of Unregistered Hypercam 2 videos with notepad as the means of the creator speaking to the viewer.
The game has been paying attention to these situations and making improvements. It's very late, but at least it started. And posts like this are very useful for spreading the topic. People tend to empathize with others very quickly, but also not to look at other people's problems very easily.
In a way I feel this is a more pure way to raid. Back in the day, we didn't have voice coms. It was you and the people around you who had to know their job. No raid leader to give a heads up to stop dps. People had to get good and be able to carry their weight. I have a ton of respect for this