I'm a HUGE fan of Smite, please keep up the good work!
Here are my contributions to this thread:
1) VGS improvements: Will HiRez add features to make it clearer for everyone when certain actions are taking place by adding to the VGS system new automated messages like:
: Automate the VGS to say "I wanted to Smite, but now I'm smote" upon death. Aside from the humor and branding, it conveys critical information that may go unnoticed in the heat of battle - yet we're gods and the death of a god should ONT go unnoticed!
: Automate the VGS to say "I'm recalling" upon activating recall option. This would alert the team when a critical positional change is occuring.
: Automate the VGS to say "fresh wards" whenever a new ward is placed. The alerts everyone that a new ward has been placed while granting recognition to the specific player that used the ward!
: Automate the VGS to say "I'm idle" if the player doesn't move >10 seconds and/or if they remain in base for the same period of time.[COLOR="#0000CD"] Yes, remaining in base for longer is poor play in all modes. Get back to the game or feel shame!
AFK SHAME: Include AFK time within the same summery (at least) or really improve things by displaying this during the game for all players.
AFK REPORT/PENALTY: Rather than rely upon players to band together to form a police state, do some of this work automatically. Once you start collecting this data it should be easy to determine a norm, even with lag outs that return right away, and establish an algorithm to identify abuse and not only report these players automatically but also add this as a new factor to the game start penalty systems already in place. Shame followed by justice!
Automated VGS additions I propose serves to improve communication and/or awareness of critical factors within a game immediately an without fail. Since HiRez would have the ability to ensure that these features are done in the each gods voice, it would be 100% clear who and what each instance applied to.
2) VGS SPAM: Will HiRez change the VGS spam limit from 9 to 3 before enforcing the cooldown restrictions (excluding any of the automated VGS options that I mention above)?
If you're worried about the impact of ranked game communications, test this in non-ranked games for awhile. Even in ranked, a limit of 5 seems like more than enough before the spam limit should be invoked.
3) VGS MUTE: For the love of all the gods and goddesses in Smite, when will HiRez finally give players a simple option to mute the VGS sound for individual players.
Keeping the VGS text as-is works fine but addressing the noise that happens when toxic players spam VGS would be a HUGE improvement for everyone.
Since we already have the ability to go to options --> scoreboard --> player --> Mute/UnMute for voice mute why can't HiRez add an option there to include a VGS Mute/UnMute by patch 4.6?
Consider it your contribution to anti-cyberbullying.
All of the above becomes unimportant if HiRez can simply give me the real world ability to Smite any given player from existence. <wink>