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An integral part of MMORPGs and their gameplay is the communication with other players. In DCUO chatting is executed in the chat window where you can type in your messages.

There are certain things a player should know to use chat in DCUO efficiently. This article tries to outline those.

Chat WindowEdit

The chat window is in the lower left corner of the screen. Once it is activated you cannot interact with your character, so be careful not to get knocked out while you chat.

Activate the chat window by using the [Return] key, leave it by using [Esc] or [Return] on an empty line, meaning if you accidentally activated the chat window, just press [Return] again.

To see recent messages not visible anymore, enlarge the chat window.  Just click on the little window icon in the upper right corner of the chat window while its active.

For more information see Chat Window.

Chat ChannelsEdit

DCUO offers several default chat channels which you can change between once the chat window is active. (PC: [Ctrl], PS3: Square)

It is important to understand that these channels have different content and more importantly different scope.

[Shout]

Contents: informal, but say nothing you would not say in public
Scope: Your current region or zone

[Say]

Contents: informal, perfect to e.g. talk to another player or group nearby
Scope: Your current surrounding

[Trade]

Contents: formal, search for or offer tradable items or respond to such calls
Scope: Server-wide

The posting frequency and message length both are limited.

[LFG]

Contents: formal, search for or offer a group to join
Scope: Server-wide

The posting frequency and message length both are limited.

[Group]

Contents: informal, talk about whatever you like to
Scope: Your current group

[League]

Contents: informal, talk about whatever you like to
Scope: Your current league

[Versus]

Contents: informal, but say nothing you would not say in public
Scope: The opposing faction, for heroes that would be villains

The channel is off by default and must be switched on in the game's options.

Chat CommandsEdit

The DCUO chat function interprets all lines beginning with a slash as chat command.

Try entering /help into the chat window.

For starters the most important commands are

  • /t name message or /t "name with spaces" message for a private message
  • /invite name to invite a player to a group
  • /friend name to put a player on your friend list
  • /ignore name to put a player on your ignore list

For more information see chat commands.

Chat EmotesEdit

Chat emotes make your character behave in a certain way, e.g. laugh, cry, sleep or salute.

Emotes can be initiated by directly entering them as a chat command or by picking them from the canned chat menu.

For more information see Emotes.

Canned ChatEdit

The canned chat menu offers some predefined text blocks which can be picked and inserted instead of typing those in. On the PC those are available by using the [F2] key.

Little ChatiquetteEdit

There are a few things to know beyond the technical odds and ends.

Try to be nice and respectful, even if that might be hard sometimes. If you must have a fight with words keep it private or at least in your group.

Do not type all UPPERCASE. It is widely considered SHOUTING, not just in DCUO. Only shout if you really, really have to.

Do not spam your messages, even if you are desperately looking for a last group member to start. There is no reason to type the same message while your last is still visible.

Check your current chat channel before you send your message. Are you perhaps still on [LFG], but now want to talk on [Group]?

The best place to ask general questions in the open is the [Shout] channel, certainly not [LFG] or [Trade].

AcronymsEdit

Some English language acronyms which you should be familiar with...

  • gg - good game
  • gj - good job
  • glf - group looking for
  • lf - looking for
  • lfg - looking for group
  • omw - on my way
  • wtb - want to buy
  • wts - want to sell
  • wtt - want to trade

For more information see Acronyms and Abbreviations.

TriviaEdit

  • As part of his training to become the Batman, Bruce Wayne learned a vast number of Earth's languages, including but not limited to; English, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Filipino, Korean, Arabic, Turkish, Polish, German, Latin, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Hebrew, Thai, Vietnamese, Kryptonian, Swedish, and Swahili.
  • Superman was taught the Kryptonian language by the Sunstone Crystals, while Supergirl knew it initially and had to learn English. Superman would later teach Batman the language to aid in scientific instances.
  • Initially, Wonder Woman only knew Themysciran; a language that is a mixture of Ancient Greek and Turkish. She was taught English by Harvard professor Dr. Julia Kapatelis. In addition, Wonder Woman has also been granted the ability to talk to animals by the Olympian Goddesses.
  • Starfire can absorb an individual's language through kissing. This is how she learned a majority of Earth's languages.
  • Zatanna casts her magic spells through speaking backwards.

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