I decided to jump into mulitplayer gaming for the heck of it, without playing much C3. The other person seemed friendly enough, so I thought I'd be able to chat. Well, I'm sucking at it, and loosing left and right, but that's fine, but I figure I can chat to the guy to explain and/or perhaps get a tip or two. Unfortunately I can't seem to find the chat keys. I know I've seen em. I remember reading somewhere. So I'm searching. I checking out the manuals, etc. Nothing. I start hunting around the UI for something to click to chat. They have all of this other UI clicking and pointing to no end, so certainly there must be 5 things I can click to finally get to a chat window, but no such luck. Hmmm.... so I loose the first 3 games very quickly while looking for chat commands, and then I finally say "forget chat" and move on to trying to play. It was interesting, to say the least.
I finally found where I'd read it... it's in the FAQ! Oh well, all my long way of saying, with all of the UI hell, why not add some clicks and several layer of boxes to chat? Okay, I'm being facetious but it's my way of saying chat accessible from the UI might be nice for newbies.... also ALL UI elements should be textually adorned with equivalent hotkeys so you can learn to be an expert while still a newbie. Best Of Both. IMHO