Here to talk about the discord app a social and voice comm platform for gamers that is totally free. I’m gonna say upfront that I really like this thing, but just so you understand where I’m coming from in case you’re younger than I am.
Let me explain how we got to where we are now in gamer communications. You see back in the Stone Age when we were still using dial-up modems to connect to this newfangled invention called the Internet if we needed to communicate during a game.
All we had was a chat window. This was frustratingly slow, especially for action games. Then came boys calm and the first voice comm program I ever tried, was Roger Wilco, which my friends and I used.
While we played the original Baldur’s, gate back in the day, keep in mind. This was still in the dial-up modem era, so bandwidth was low. More importantly, Roger Wilco wasn’t server-based but instead worked peer-to-peer.
In other words, when someone talked their audio, data was sent separately to every other person at the conference. The solution did not scale well. In fact, my team discovered that, while Roger Wilco worked great with up to four people soon, as that fifth person showed up, things, went wonky.
One hilarious problem, we’d encounter, was long delays so that you’d. Hear someone respond to a joke, someone else made about 40 seconds ago now we were happy that worked at all, but we needed something better that came with server-based solutions such as Ventrilo and TeamSpeak, because all dead went to a server.
The conference could scale up to as many people as needed, no problem and the audio compression codecs improved as well, offering much better sound quality at reduced bandwidths. When downside to this model, though, was that you had to pay a company a monthly fee to host the server.
Also, as these applications grew in power, they also tended to grow in complexity. Getting the level set so that voice activation word properly might be tough and making sure no one was too loud or too quiet.
You know that could take some time and access controls for the server channels could be complex. Also, while the voice comm was great during a game, he needed some text-based mechanism for setting up the next gaming session.
In the case of my gaming group, we set up a private blog using WordPress. Recently, I discovered the discord app, which is replaced both our previous voice, comm mumble, and our blog. Now, if you want to check it out yourself, go to discord, app calm, not discord, calm, which is definitely something else anyway.
Discord allows any user to create his or her own server in seconds on each server. You can add as many text channels and voice channels as you want. In my case, I created a general text channel for shooting the breeze with my friends and then one specifically for setting up our next play session.
In a text channel. You can pin messages, paste images, and video links that are instantly processed use, emojis, and all the stuff. You would expect from a social app to enter a voice Channel. You just select it there’s, almost no setup needed for audio the app auto-calibrates for voice activation, or you can use push-to-talk.
If you want audio quality is excellent and you can have the app duck your game audio down when someone is talking. If you wish inviting people to your server is easy, originally, the only way to invite someone was to create an invitation link and then send it to that person with the direct message which you can still do, but now there’s, a direct way To invite a friend to a channel, you can also create as many servers as you like.
If one isn’t enough for you and server locations can be chosen, so you can minimize your ping and you can change your server location in a few seconds now you can get the app for your phone and other devices as well.
So when there’s, a last-minute change of the game night, everyone will find out instantly and here’s. The best part remembers when I said this was free yeah. You can sign up and use all of this without paying anything at all and in fact, at this point, the service seems to have no monetization whatsoever.
The creators of discord have said that monetization will come later, but that will just be for new cosmetic features. Okay right now, the only way these seem to make money is by selling t-shirts. Now I have to be honest.
I do worry about what the model is for this service. In the long run, I mean they’re, giving away everything my group wants, and for that I’m grateful, but I hope they have a plan for staying around in the long run.
For now, though, if you have a group of online gamers that need to communicate, I would highly recommend checking this app out. The company behind it has made many improvements and bug fixes. In the short time I’ve, been using it and seems committed to providing a best-in-class product.
If my passing the word on helps them reach that mythical point where this becomes a profitable business, I’m glad to do it. So, Thank You, discord app and good luck.