[GUI] Voice audio waveform to see who's actually speaking (and who recently did)

AndosAndos Members Join Date: 2003-10-17 Member: 21742Posts: 267 Advanced user
So many times I never get to see who said something over voice-comm before their name disappeared from the screen + so many times a lot of people talk at the same time by holding down the push-to-talk key without actually saying anything.
It all makes it super hard to use the on-screen voice GUI for anything at all.

My suggestion:

Show an simplified audio waveform/spectrogram/histogram/visualizer next to the name of the player who's talking.
Anyone can much easier differentiate who's talking by matching visual histogram/waveform activity with what people are saying.
Once the player has not said anything for a while his name will fade out over X amount of seconds (without any activity on the spectrogram people will not be confused by this)


  • SquishpokePOOPFACESquishpokePOOPFACE -21,248 posts (ignore below)Members, Reinforced - Shadow Join Date: 2012-10-31 Member: 165262Posts: 1,669 Advanced user
    great idea
    To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to play Natural Selection 2. The gameplay is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of military strategy and advanced mathematics you won't even win a single game. Theres also the game's nihilistic outlook, which is deftly woven into the game. The maps and artwork draw heavily from Riddley Scott's Alien franchise, for instance. The players understand this stuff, they have the intellectual capacity to truly appreciate the depth of the game, to realise that it's not just great, that it also says something about LIFE. As a consequence people who dislike Natural Selection 2 truly ARE idiots. of course they wouldn't appreciate, for instance, the humour in the Marines' existential catchphrase "how do I get to be so good", which itself is a cryptic reference to the high degree of intelligence required to play the game as intended. I'm smirking right now just imagining one of those addlepated simpletons scratching their heads in confusion when spectating a game. What fools... how I pity them. And, yes, by the way, i DO have a Fade tatoo. And no, you cannot see it. it's for the ladies' eyes only, and even then they have to demonstrate that they are within 50 hive skill points of my own (preferable lower) beforehand. Nothin personnel kid.
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