It’s a tale as old as time. The bully on the playground. The mean person at the grocery store. In the online world, we see bullies on social media platforms and we also see bullies in online gaming. That’s why so many people use software like Voicemod to protect themselves from any type of harassment and shield their identity online with a different voice altogether.
Maybe your reason for changing your voice is to differentiate your online persona from your offline persona. Or maybe it’s to protect yourself from a bully. No matter the reason, Voicemod’s got you covered, whether it be to sound like Vecna from Stranger Things or an iconic actor. Or maybe want to tweak your voice just a tad.
We wanted to see what the data says about shielding your identity and why gamers do it. So we surveyed 1,999 people—ranging from under 16 to over 24 years old—about using a pseudonym on social media, and the results were pretty fascinating. Let’s take a look 👇
In the survey, 22% of gamers said they looked to change their voice because they wanted to disguise the characteristics of their actual speech or other factors, like their age or gender. There are loads of different reasons for this, and even if there’s nothing in particular behind the decision, wanting to have a special voice for the game you’re playing can make it an even more awesome experience than normal. Whether it’s online or offline, it can definitely make the game a more immersive experience.
But sometimes there are more specific reasons. For example, 14.5% of people surveyed wanted to hide their identity to avoid being recognized, which shows that gamers don’t always want others to know who they are. That’s a perfectly valid way of playing that creates a separation between your online and offline lives, and Voicemod can help ensure you sound completely different from your normal voice—you can even make your voice sound like a different gender or a celebrity!
Sometimes, by revealing who you are, you can expose yourself to people who might want to get access to your personal information. Vulnerability in the online world is real and it’s a good idea to protect yourself in a variety of ways.
A follow-up question asked why they wanted to avoid recognition. It turns out that 64.4% just wanted to remain anonymous while playing, while 59.2% said they were shy or socially anxious. We recognize that anxiety can be an issue for many, and we want to make sure the gaming experience is fun and enjoyable. That’s why one of our goals is to make changing your voice as easy as possible to help you play worry-free.
Bullying has always been around. It’s sad but true. So many people can say that they’ve been bullied in some way at some point in their lives. Bullying in the online world has become more common, and gaming is no exception. We asked in our survey, “Have you ever experienced bullying or harassment online?” A whopping 41.4% responded “yes, as a target,” and 32.5% answered, “yes, as a witness.” That accounts to nearly three-quarters of gamers being the subject of or witnessing bullying.
In gaming, it’s normal for people to get competitive. But every now and then, people can let their competitive nature get the best of them. They go overboard and spill into the realm of bullying or harassment. In fact, 54.2% of people in the survey said they were the target of bullying because of their skill in the game. Getting upset over a loss can be overwhelming and some people resort to bullying. It’s always best to report and block the bullies!
That wasn’t the only reason people reported they were bullied. There was also bullying or harassment because of a gamer’s mental or physical health and abilities, age, gender or sex, sexual orientation, and race. We may have all been there at some point in our lives, but that doesn’t mean it’s right or justifiable. Blocking and reporting those bullies is still the best way to go.
The online gaming world is dynamic, exciting, and wonderful–and we want to do our part in helping to keep it that way. By changing your voice, you can become a completely different character and immerse yourself in an entirely new persona–even a minion!
With Voicemod, there are so many ways to change your voice. And you have all the equipment you need on our app, too! It allows for real-time voice changing and custom sound effects at your fingertips. Voicemod integrates with a variety of software like Elgato Stream Deck, Streamlabs OBS software, Twitch, Audacity, and much more.
In short, Voicemod is your go-to for online pseudonymity. So go ahead and download Voicemod for free and have a great, worry-free time playing with your friends.