Party chat is one of the greatest features Xbox 360 offers. It allows gamers to chat with a group of friends rather than taking their conversations to the game lobby. Nothing is worse than getting into a lobby full of 12 year olds arguing about which girl is the hottest in their class. Before party chat was introduced one would have to go through and mute each person individually. Now you can just jump into a chat with your friends. They don’t even have to be playing the same game as you!
Recent news from Infinity Ward is telling gamers that party chat will be disabled on Modern Warfare 2 in the attempt to stop cheating. This announcement has caused an uproar amongst Call of Duty players. In theory this idea is good. Party chat opens the doors to cheaters. If you and your friends are on opposite teams but in party chat, one can tell the other where the enemies are.
Unfortunately these cheaters have ruined it for everyone. Now it’s back to muting individually. Is there nothing better that could be done? Why not disable the ability for people in a party chat to play on opposite teams. I don’t know if this is possible but I think taking away party chat is the wrong answer.
It’s too early to tell if this restriction will last but at least we know that this is what we are facing on release day.