Tom got a new video game, Fallout 76, where he runs around post-apocalyptic Appalachia killing mutant humans and animals that try to kill him. He can also kill or befriend other people on line who are playing.
The online players can talk to each other, but since it’s a new game, there isn’t a voice on or off button yet. If two players come within the vicinity of one another then they can hear each other. That means they can also hear any background noise. This was brought to my and Tom’s attention when he first started playing. A nice gentleman informed Tom that he could hear me talking in the background. I was in the kitchen cooking and watching Jeopardy; calling out answers and making fun of Trebek and the competitors, as I like to do.
I really like slinging verbal abuse at Alex Trebek because he just seems so smug and condescending sometimes.
Those online gaming nerds were probably confused.
Unfortunately, Tom doesn’t always know when there are people around him. So we don’t always know when someone can hear us talking.
The other morning Tom had taken the day off from work and was playing the video game first thing…he’s currently addicted to his new game. He walked away from the game, but left it running, to use the bathroom….for a bit of light morning reading. I was getting ready for work and in order to not fight over the bathroom, I started straightening my hair in front of the mirror in the living room. I was happily singing Johnny Cash’s “Long Black Veil” and was just about to belt out the second verse when a stranger’s voice said, “That is some beautiful singing. Thank you for the morning serenade,” followed by laughter.
I almost dropped the straightener I was so startled.
And I could hear Tom in the bathroom laughing like crazy.
I just yelled out, “Oh sorry!” It felt really weird to be apologizing to someone I couldn’t even see for listening to me sing to myself in the comfort of my living room at 8am.
Now, whenever Tom plays the game, he kindly reminds me that there’s a good chance someone can hear whatever it is I’m saying.
I know, I know, they’re not TRYING to listen in. They’re just there for the game, but I still think of them as perverts just the same.