The Auditory Quandary of Gaming Today

Though I’ve never claimed to have perfect hearing, I must admit that I’m glad I’m not alone in my opinion that it’s getting harder and harder to hear what’s coming out of my TV these days. As such, and as I discussed recently on Virtual Bastion, when gaming, you’ll never find me without the most precious peripheral of them all — a good set of headphones!


When you turn on your TV to consume shows, movies, or games, do you prefer to keep the subtitles on even if you can, by all accounts, hear well? According to this recent and interesting video from Vox, you aren’t alone. Not that I needed Vox to reveal this – my social media feeds are full of folks talking about regular subtitle use, and a number of folks without hearing issues in my own social circle have long preferred them. In a similar vein, what about headphones? How regularly do you use them when watching TV or playing games? I must admit that the Vox video got me thinking about that, and how my own use of headphones, especially when gaming, has skyrocketed in the past few years. Honestly, I don’t know if I could game without them now.

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