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Definitely want text chat in the game, yes swearing can be and is often a problem but then it always HAS been, even with mics it was still a problem.

It's important to be able to communicate, I remember an instance in Grid 2 where I caused an accident and wanted to apologise and sent a friend request to a player in order to do so, All I heard was the guy laughing his head off about the request along with a sting of abuse and I got kicked from the session.

Hardly fair as I was wanting to make things right and got a gob full of verbal abuse for my trouble.

The only way to counter bad language imo, would be to display players age groups in the lobby, then we would all be aware when there are kids playing and act accordingly. Of course this relies on people using common sense and decency but we can hope can't we?

Probably way to late to add that kind of thing but it might be worth pushing for future titles to include such a thing

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Loore said:

ChokDK said:

I guess noone expect a "first time chat" to be with votes of kicking or restarts, colors etc etc.
Just a simple chat really, maybe showing at high top of the screen for 4-5 sec.
Make a keyboard shortcut (like "C" in Race 07)  and press Enter to get it on the screen + ability to turn it off somewhere in options.
Done - ( and you can always update it if you get bored later on :O) )

But - why isn't this easy for you guys (Codemasters) to decide really?
I've been wondering about this myself.  Do Codemasters think we want something super flash with multi possibilities.....no idea, but I think when 'we' think of chat, all we want is something 'simple', to work exactly as you describe.  The closest we've had to an explanation (from Loore) is that console owners don't use keyboards.  We don't need to go into all that again, but hopefully CM will understand all we're asking for is this 'simple' chat option.  I think there's always a danger of over thinking/designing something.
We get that and that's the sort of thing we're looking at. I don't have any update right now but as I said previously, it's something that's being talked about, and in a way that's "we want to do this" type way.

Right now we're focusing all our effort into getting the game finished (we go Gold in about a month!). There's obviously the possibility of patching it in after launch which could well be a route we go down, but again, no guarantees just yet.

Well it been almost a month now. Would think GRID A has gone gold or or very close to going gold. Look like there will be no text chat for PC players online.  :-w

I guess I will have to wait for a Steam summer sale to buy GRID Autosport and see if PC online community starting to die off already since the online community won't be able to do much talking online when most PC players will turn VOIP off. :(

It going be a big shame if Codemasters get game play\handling of GRID Autosport right this go around, but see online die an early death, because of some bad decisions again for online part of GRID A. :-S

I'm lucky, I already know some good GRID 1 online players and will be able to hookup with them If I buy GRID Autosport. But for the first time GRIDers ( like I was back in 2008 ), they will have a tougher time finding good players to race online. And if the playlist turns into a griefers happy playground, many newbies to GRID looking for a good race, will be driven away before they can find some great racing that can be had with good players online.

Six months from now, will we see posts like this?

"GRID Autosport a good offline racer, but online, if looking for some good racing with good players, you may want to look elsewhere. "

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Not at launch Purple, but we are looking at possibilities of adding it in via a patch, no promises though and more info as soon as we have it. We have not forgotten or ignoring it.

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text chat was really fun in grid 1.

grid 2 lobby waiting time sucks...no chat, no spectating
i am going alt+enter+facebook until the race starts ...:-)

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As most people will leave chat off or totally muted you probably won't be heard lol (joking) 

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SVENOS said:
If I want to chat I'll turn my mic on^^

So after a 5 lap race were you and 2 other guys finish within a second of each other and you take 1st, you would not want to say "vgr"?

Little things like that help make online a more friendly place and help give online longevity. You do want to go online next summer and still have loads of online PC players racing?

GRID 1 did it and Flatout 2 did it and I think chat text help with that:

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Almost 3 years after the release of Flatout 2: http://flatoutjoint.com/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=26&topic=1743.0

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Well Flatout 2 online server still working, there over 500 players online right now:

http://archive.gamespy.com/stats/mods.asp?id=1420
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That 500 online players, that not counting offline players like Steam stats show for GRID 2 ( offline and online ), but does not show how many are online players:  :(

http://steamcharts.com/app/44350#1m

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Race Driver: GRID 6 years on
gaski said:
What's more amazing is the fact you switched off the servers for PC and PS3 after 3 years.  Grid was the game that got me into racing games.

I met some first class people and had some amazingly close races with the likes of CAHEK, Dannyboy, Data, G1edson and all of the angel guys, to name but a few.  The balance of racing and socialising (text chat) was excellent and the community was largely fair, after 1.3 ;)

The midnight tourers was always the place to be.  Although I only played a few of these, the racing was bumper to bumper for the full 5 laps.  There was plenty of rubbing but it was all clean racing.

I also miss the eBay series, taking the Viper around San Fran.  Smashing over the kerbs, just missing the walls to get the best run up the hill.

The epicness of F3 racing, against the likes of Data and CAHEK and giving them a run for their money.  Always tight, always fair, always very entertaining.  Coming out of a race with your heart beating like a 200bpm gabba track, pipped to the finish line by the nostril hair of a flea..

That's what I miss about Grid, and truly hope CM get it right with GAS.  Do not forget that text chat, it's what online game communities are built on.

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http://forums.codemasters.com/discussion/3090/repair-costs-playlist-changes-update/p2


Loore said:

Hi all,

Just a quick update on this. It was unfortunate that the fix for repair costs and playlist changes didn't quite make it into the last patch, this was because all the fixes were complete after all the changes had been 'checked in' (the point of no return basically).

Work has already started on the next set of patches and I can confirm that fixes for the repair costs as well as changes to the playlists are currently scheduled to go in.

We'll bring you more news as the patch develops, along with a release date once everything is locked in place.



Hi Loore, any chance of Codemasters confirming text chat will finally be patch into a GRID Autosport?

Also, should I assume if text chat won't make it in next patch, then text chat will never make it into GRID Autosport?

http://forums.codemasters.com/discussion/comment/13436/#Comment_13436

Loore said:
One thing we don't do is deliberately set out to not put a feature in that we know you want, in fact, it's quite the opposite. In terms of features we're always pushing to get things in but sometimes the alignment just isn't there.

Text chat is important to us, we know it's a much requested feature and it's not something we've forgotten about by any means. Right now the team are incredibly busy finishing the game, it's not a time when you want to be adding a new feature into the code as it's a time for bug fixing and polish. We finish work on it in just a few weeks time and then it's off to manufacturer and shipping. 

I want to be able to tell you "yes it's coming", but right now we're not in the place to do that. It's one of the things at the top of my feedback list.




Its Friday, still no word from Loore if text chat is in in the next patch. :(

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Not looking good for text chat being patch into GAS:  >:(

http://forums.codemasters.com/discussion/3214/holiday-two-weeks-afk-couple-of-updates#latest


Loore said:
Purple44 said:

Enjoy your holiday Loore, but before you go, can you give us a yes or no answer if text chat will be in the next patch?

At this time, no. I'm hoping it will make it into a future patch but it's unlikely at this time, sorry.




This is second patch for GAS, if Codies not taking the time to add text chat now, doubt it will happen. We might see a 3rd PC patch some day, then I think that will be it for patches. Codemasters will move on to working on DIRT 4.



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I see Project Cars can be pre-order now and going get release in November. I did a Google search and it look like text chat is in for Pcars. :)

http://forum.wmdportal.com/archive/index.php/t-15227.html

[b]A text chat profanity filter has been added to the in-game multiplayer chat[/b]


I'm wondering if I should just pass on GRID Autosport and save my money for Pcars? GRID Autosport may be the only PC racing game release this year without text chat for online.



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 Purple44 said:

I see Project Cars can be pre-order now and going get release in November. I did a Google search and it look like text chat is in for Pcars. :)

http://forum.wmdportal.com/archive/index.php/t-15227.html

[b]A text chat profanity filter has been added to the in-game multiplayer chat[/b]


I'm wondering if I should just pass on GRID Autosport and save my money for Pcars? GRID Autosport may be the only PC racing game release this year without text chat for online.



No, i guess F1 2014 will not have chat option too... :p

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I guess you are right but at least CM should know that they are wasting so much time for useless addons when game has not important things like chat.

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Cmon guys, pleeeeeeeeease.
I do not want to play becose i cant communicate with ppl.
Loooooooore, do something =)

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too late i am afraid for that... :( i hope the next codies game to include 
-text chat
-spectating mode
-steam region free 
These are the 3 reasons why GAS has few players online at least in custom lobbies on PC.. :(

and i thing the most important of these 3 is the steam region free.. i can live waiting for the race to finish , i can communicate with microphone if i want but the reason that many times i leave GAS and i play an other game is the poor number of custom lobbies  that have good settings  ( playlist is bloody boring for me ) 

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     YES

     YES



So far, all the people entered this discussion and voting, voted for CHAT to be implemented back in to the game!!!
That's 100% RED alert for Codies :)

Come on guys , is it really hard to bring that back into the game??Is it that hard to make? 
:x
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

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too late i am afraid for that... :( i hope the next codies game to include 
-text chat
-spectating mode
-steam region free 
These are the 3 reasons why GAS has few players online at least in custom lobbies on PC.. :(

and i thing the most important of these 3 is the steam region free.. i can live waiting for the race to finish , i can communicate with microphone if i want but the reason that many times i leave GAS and i play an other game is the poor number of custom lobbies  that have good settings  ( playlist is bloody boring for me ) 
3 things u must have in racing game to be popular as first GRID was,!!
CM , add those 3 things in next game, u'll have a huge success , and for once, Listen to your fans.Who cares about DLC-s they only split the community in half, change your politics in next racing game and u will see ...

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too late i am afraid for that... :( i hope the next codies game to include ...
 nah, we need it here. i ll not buy next game. i better buy grid1 again if there just be online, coz there we have more competitive gameplay depending on skills only (but this is another story :D) .
chat is not so hard to do like modeling, texturing, animating and physic settings.
its just few hours of coding and testing for a while.
cm will spend more time for waiting to patch apply than coding.
are they code masters or excuse masters after all?
i really believe loore can drill devs' head.

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Would be nice but yeah think it's a bit late to be added in (although certainly not impossible). My PC usually takes longer to load than everyone else in a lobby and whilst looking at loading screens the voice chat is either extremely choppy or just plain cuts out meaning people get annoyed at me not answering them when it's because I never even knew they said anything :p Text chat would solve this for me at least

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