Starting today, we will be testing out Video Chat and Screen Sharing with 5% of desktop players (registered before today). This will roll out through the day.
We’re still at least a month out from considering a full launch. Why? We’re measuring and testing bandwidth; acquiring and implementing more backend servers; and praying our code actually works. This takes time. It could also be longer than a month.
It’s also a text-based chat with user-creatable servers, privacy controls, infinite searchable history, multiple room/channel support, tons of support for mod powers and even bot support. You can be logged in via browser, PC/Mac program, or cellphone app, with configurable notification support on a per-channel level in each. Supports image sharing, one-boxing of stuff like Youtube videos, integrated Steam and streamer support. . . Discord is awesome.
I almost got to cosplay as Hagrid at the bookstore I was working at for the HP 6 book launch. . . but then my flight home from college orientation got delayed by a massive storm and I just had to sit in a hotel room and read the book by myself while everyone else partied and chatted excitedly and had delicious HP themed food and drinks.
Discord is great. Use it to play pen and paper online sometimes. Usually use Google Hangouts to play with Video. Having Discord as an alternative with the many changes Google has done to Hangouts already will be good.
Okay, so Twitch, a streaming service, is launching an app that incorporates friends and voice chat. And Discord, a friends-and-voice-chat app, is expanding to allow streaming. Right? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills.