Last night I raided from someone else’s computer. His computer is way better than mine, and I think you could fit my monitor into his at least twice. So visually, it was pretty sweet.
However, he’s got some issues with his sound card. Everything has this annoying echo. So while I tried to play normally for a bit, I eventually gave in and turned my game sounds off – I even turned vent down and could barely make out a word from it.
I am not used to playing without game sounds – and it really does change the game for me. For example, I have become accustomed to hitting Feign Death whenever I hear Omen’s “WATCH YOUR THREAT!” sound. Sure, I still had the flashing red on my screen, but it just wasn’t enough.
Even the sound of my arrows going off helps me know that things are going right. If I don’t hear my arrows shooting, I know I need to pay more attention – am I web wrapped or stunned? Am I facing the wrong way?
It’s amazing how I’ve adapted my play style to use my various senses. I found myself getting a bit overwhelmed by how much I needed to watch the screen, when usually I leave some things to be taken care of by my ears.
Next challenge: Play with my monitor turned off and use only audio signals.