01 Aug 2021 9:49 PM +00:00

The Rocket League Quick Chat "Centering!" Is Fascinating

We talk about quick chats a fair bit here, and that’s mostly because they’re such a fascinating topic. Given that the voice chat in Rocket League is terrible, quick chats are the only way we can really communicate with each other, and as a result, different ways of using a lot of the options have arisen.

So, you might say "What a save!" because someone managed a last-second pinch against the goalpost to score on the other side of the field, or you might say "What a save!" in a toxic way because you’re a baby, or you might "What a save!" yourself when you miss a simple shot because you’re bad at the game. One quick chat, in particular though, tends to be used wrong.

We are, of course, talking about "Centering!"

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The Rocket League Quick Chat "Centering!" Is Fascinating

"Centering!" is a quick chat meant to say that you’ll be centering the ball. After all, there’s literally points awarded for doing so, so you have to assume that’s what the quick chat is intended to mean. It’s for those moments when you’re going to be passing the ball to a teammate, or you’re letting them know that you’ll be giving them the chance to score or pass back to you. It’s useful in a lot of ways, and it’s one of the few bits of quick chat you can use tactically, although it’s not one of your default options.

However, there are a lot of people who’ll use it to declare that they’re going to head to the centre instead. That’s fine because it’s still communication, but it just feels odd when you’re the one with the ball. It’s probably better than not communicating at all, but most people must know that it’s about the ball and not the players?

That being said, it could just be both. Ultimately, if you know that they mean they’re centering themselves, especially if you’re the one with the ball, then that’s what it means. The quick chats aren’t perfect, but it’s fun to see how they’re used for more than one thing at a time, don’t you think?