MS is catering to the introvert crowd who is uncomfortable talking to new people. Sure they blame it on the little kids and other annoyances but that's really just nonsense when it's so quick and easy to mute people. Btw I have noticed the dead silence on
Gears but last night I got into a game with four guys who talked for all 50 waves of horde(we ended up losing though :( ). One guy sounded like Homestar Runner but I had so much more fun because people were actually brave enough to public chat despite all
being friends and having the option to hide in party chat.