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5-23-2010 @ 8:31AM
I wish more people would use GSC ( http://getgsc.com ). It's just like Ventrilo and TeamSpeak, except that you can have a 200 user server for FREE. Also buddy lists, favorite server lists, and more. Our guild recently switched to it, but you still have to keep Vent around for PuGs and talking to non-guildies. It's almost a waste, but I got tired of paying close to 20$ every month for our rather large Vent server.
5-23-2010 @ 8:37AM
Hmm, looks interesting. What's the catch?
5-23-2010 @ 9:17AM
As far as I can tell, there isn't one. The quality is on par. I guess some people might be reluctant to make an account to actually use it, as opposed to just throwing a name into a fresh Vent install.
5-23-2010 @ 10:11AM
Catch is, there is no current MAC client.
5-23-2010 @ 11:21AM
There is also very similiar program thats bit more popular with tons of stuff (if you like that type of thing).Its basically cross-game IM with voicechat like that one.http://www.xfire.com/It has everything GSC seems to have but with added bonuses. It's basically social network, IM game-to-game system.It has Broadcasting live feed videos with hardly any ingame lag (net lag is minor) wich is used by arena junkies users and some guilds use it, like lately with PTR boss kills. And you can shoot videos, take pictures and upload them to profile and all that. You can keep track what people are playing, talk to them from game to game thro voice or old-fashioned typing. You can make guild page to get updates in frontpage like facebook style "has uploaded new video". You can also keep track how many hours you've spend on this game overall and last 7 days.. *looks at own* oh dear.And naturally it still has Voice-chat and chatrooms that are free.Of course, if you think your guild wants "more" stuff added like these broadcasts, blogs, pictures, guild pages try xfire. Otherwise you might wanna stick to something simple like vent or mentioned GSC. After all, the topic did ask for "whats next in voicechat field" and I think its xfire type social networking voice-chatting. Maybe not xfire but you know. Direction is like that im sure.
5-23-2010 @ 1:50PM
The catch is you have to pay for GSC's preferred data centre hosts. With Vent you can only host 8 people on a private server and then need to rent from a licensed host, with TS you can have up to a 1000 people hosted before needing to get a license*. The less licensees there are (12 for GSC) the less of a good deal you are going to get.* Funnily enough this means TS is preferred among EvE:Online players because no one smart trusts a hosting company server (Out of game infiltration tactics are common in EvE).
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