The MUDdex: Multi-User Communication Options
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Sometimes you need more than a game's built-in chat
facilities to talk with your fellow-players.
Voice Communication Software
Why would you want voice communication software if you were playing a
multi-player game? Well, truth of the matter is that most games have
clunky chatting interfaces. If you want to actually get something
done, you have to do it "out of band." This is especially true for
real-time combat. Typing instructions to other people is slow. Voice
Also, if people can talk to each other, it is no longer true that on the internet, no one knows you
are a dog.
The two most-used voice communication solutions are:
These programs have servers for Windows and Linux, but clients only
for Windows. Both of them promise Mac clients "real soon now." Both
sites provide links to companies that will host chat servers for you.
If you want persistant messaging to communicate with your Guild or
Clan, you probably want a BBS of some sort. Sometimes BBS's are and
end of themselves.
BBS has a long and interesting history.
- The web board system of choice for many gamers is phpBB. If you are running pbpBB, be
sure you have installed the latest security update. Includes links to
cheap web hosting services.
Multi-player Game Hookup Sites
Many games that are more usually played against computer opponents
will allow you to play against remote opponents over the internet.
Services exist to help you find players.
- Game Ranger is a service
for Macintosh players.
- Game Zone will connect PC
and console game players looking for same.
- There is at least one more PC game service, but I cannot come up
with the name right now. Maybe a friendly reader will help me.
And finally, there is...
IRC. It never went away, and
it's found new use for back-up communications for MMORPGs. And if all
you want to do is text chat, there is no better tool out there.