Online gaming is, in fact, a very special kind of communication. While you’re involved in some shared activity like a command mission, you need to synchronize your actions and movements. If you have ever played any tactical multiplayer game, there’s no need to convince you. Well, some games provide their own built-in chat and even voice ...
Discord - Chat for Gamers
Online gaming is, in fact, a very special kind of communication. While you’re involved in some shared activity like a command mission, you need to synchronize your actions and movements. If you have ever played any tactical multiplayer game, there’s no need to convince you.
Well, some games provide their own built-in chat and even voice communication. Some require that you use good old Skype or other VoIP service and create a conference for your team. But is it that comfortable?
Discord is the project meant first of all for gaming purposes. Of course, there’s nothing specifically gaming in Discord’s core; it’s a community-based VoIP service with free access. As the developers say, they want you to “ditch Skype and TeamSpeak” for their offer that has best of both worlds.
On having registered you need to confirm your email and go through an easy captcha. Then the service offers you to have an initial setup. You can select your region for better access, set your voice server’s name and invite friends. Of course, your friends can as well invite you for a game.
Your setup dashboard looks like a hosting provider’s. Well, it’s mostly about your friend list: some are already here, some are suggested by the system, some are pending waiting for your response, and some are blocked. There are special buttons for adding a friend or for creating a group with up to 10 members.
The chat and voice channels list looks quite like chat lists in Skype rather than Messenger or WhatsApp with separated chat and call pages. Select your individual or group chat or talk to start it, continue the conversation or rejoin the voice conference.
If you only get familiar with Discord now, you will be surprised to discover it’s a fully functional VoIP service with voice communication, text chat, push notifications and multilingual support. In fact, if your company consists of gaming enthusiasts mostly, or you want a special communication method for your inner circle, that’s the solution.
As we rate Discord as a general purpose VoIP system, we must emphasize that the developers did not care much about security. Being meant for online gaming, it’s based on UDP with its low reliability but quick response and ability to handle numerous simultaneous connections as well. So we wouldn’t recommend Discord if you need to talk to your lawyer or share some details of Perpetuum mobile battery you have just invented. But easy gaming talk requires more swiftness than security, and that’s where Discord is great. Another pro is its light weight. As you start it along with a heavy game on the same device, it will eat much less CPU power than Skype or WhatsApp would.
Of course, there’s no trace of the video. When you’re all gaming, you’re good with simple voice conference.
To minimize the app’s appetites, the developers left overboard all they could, including emoji, so you’ll need to use punctuation marks to “draw” them manually. You also can’t send a photo directly from your camera, of course, not an ordinary selfie or pic of your cat, but, for example, a photo of your gaming gears or picture on the screen). But that’s not much of a loss.
The designers obviously kept in mind “dark” action or RPG while creating Discord. The interface looks concrete gray like an old underground lab or abandoned dungeon. Well, in a perfect world you will rarely have to see it, but still, it helps you to set your mind on gaming.
And there’s one more thing. The service has its mascot named Wumpus. It’s a kind of alter-ego of yours that lights up the gray background. If you are already wondering what’s the “gaming” trace of Discord, here’s the answer: atmosphere.
When running this app along with an online game, the app proves stable and fast. We used EA Scrabble and one partner in chat. There was no delay in voice communication, though it depends on connection stability.
Discord helps to communicate between different platform users. On PC you don’t even have to download Discord; you can as well enjoy its web version. It’s especially useful while playing Web-based games, so you don’t need another application running, your browser does all of that.
Push notifications come in time and open quickly.
Another pro of community-supported projects is multilingual support. For now, Discord speaks 18 most popular languages.
When using Discord on your PC, check your firewall settings to guarantee connection. Discord must have granted connection or added as an exception if you want it to work correctly.
Cross-platform use 4,5/5
Today many popular games are cross-platform, combining PCs and mobile devices. So you have Discord app for both iOS and Android devices.
The developers keep Discord free for users. Of course you can contribute if you wish: donate some money or take part in coding and localization, for example – that’s how it works.
It’s hard to explain why you need Discord when you already have Skype or Facebook Messenger as your major VoIP service. But when you’re running a heavy game app, you’ll need no calls from unwanted contacts, and you’ll need any extra MHz of CPU and MB of RAM. And that’s why you should exit all other messengers and launch Discord instead. No one will interrupt the conversation within your team.Collapse
Due to gaming specifics Discord lacks security and some advanced features like video calls, but it works well as a voice conference while you’re head deep into gaming.
Pros : Free Discord voice and texting;
Low system requirements;
Low CPU and battery appetites;
“Apartness” from other messengers and VoIP systems.
Cons : Relatively low popularity outside of gaming communities;
Low safety level;
No video connection.
Cross-platform use 4.5
Average : 4.6