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Voice chat over internet while gaming? [Jan. 21st, 2010|10:23 am]
Okay - so, Pat and I were hoping to do some computer gaming, and we have two choices.

1) in-game chat - unfortunately, that sucks. Diablo II handled it better. So did Sacred, IIRC.
2) Phone chat - not bad, but at 5 cents a minute it'll add up if we want to play a long game.

If only there was some magical wellspring of data transportation, a set of tubes connecting people together, some great and grand, let's call it "internetworking", that would allow us to send and receive information, and then, some way of translating voice into data that... wait!

Okay - enough intertubes jokes. Does anyone know of a good voice chat program that works well with computer games? Computing power shouldn't be an issue; both Pat and I have good computers. But anything that slows down the networked game *can* be an issue, because we're 200 miles apart, and we don't want to spend all of our time discussing how we just died due to lag, again.

[User Picture]From: irismoonlight
2010-01-21 06:30 pm (UTC)
Skype works well for conference calls, don't know why it wouldn't work for you two. Separate from the game, but as long as you can hear each other, what difference does it make?

Edited at 2010-01-21 06:30 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2010-01-21 06:46 pm (UTC)
We want it separate from the game, actually; it's just, if anyone has played networked games while using it, I'd like to know that - lag can kill a game quickly :-).
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[User Picture]From: kathrynt
2010-01-21 07:39 pm (UTC)
Erik used Skype with LOTR:O before they came out with the integrated chat, and says it works fine.
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[User Picture]From: darthgeek
2010-01-21 07:57 pm (UTC)
skype is good or Teamspeak/ventrilio.
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[User Picture]From: calpatine
2010-01-21 11:17 pm (UTC)
I use Ventrilo with WoW, but that requires a server; Skype would probably be your best bet.
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From: kightp
2010-01-21 11:28 pm (UTC)
*grin* I guess this means I need to test whether the headset for my phone will work with the computer, doesn't it?
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From: kightp
2010-01-21 11:34 pm (UTC)
P.S. I've just downloaded Skype and am in the process of setting up an account under the usual username.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-01-21 11:40 pm (UTC)
Okay. Your phone headset probably *wont* work. Your phone has a single jack. Your computer will want either
1) a USB headset, or
2) one with two jacks, one for the headphone, one for the microphone.

Both types have advantages and disadvantages. But, the two jack headsets have (traditionally) been cheaper.

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From: kightp
2010-01-22 01:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, the phoneset doesn't work. I was able to dig out a cheap-ass plastic computer mic and test Skype in both directions (using the speakers for incoming sound) and it works fine. I don't *like* the cheap-ass mic, so I'll probably hit Staples and see what I can find in USB headsets, if only because it's much easier to get to my USB ports than to the jacks on the back of the computer. (-:

(Assuming Anonymous is John-not-logged-in...)
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[User Picture]From: fourgates
2010-01-22 01:52 am (UTC)
I have had good luck with this headset - gets better audio quality than the ones that plug into the audio jack.

I have also found, by the way, that Skype usually has better audio quality than Google Chat w/audio, though I get enough dropped calls from Skype that it is kinda annoying.
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[User Picture]From: wyang
2010-01-29 11:51 am (UTC)

Skype headsets

I've had incredible luck using the microphone on a Skype-compatible camera (Logitech cameras). Instant speakerphone, which you can make silent with a standard, single-jack headset.

Skype recommends boom microphones but, in my experience, that's unnecessary outside of very loud environments.

(I run my national consulting practice on a Skype phone line).

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[User Picture]From: leiacat
2010-01-21 11:44 pm (UTC)
Cell phones by any provider who does free in-network. But then, I'm a techno-luddite.
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From: kightp
2010-01-22 02:43 pm (UTC)
I'm even more of a techno-luddite: I refuse to own a cell phone. (-:
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[User Picture]From: leiacat
2010-01-22 02:51 pm (UTC)
I did also until I career-shifted into something for which it was a requirement. The phone proved so useful for logistics (How does anyone ever pick anyone up at the airport without it? I don't want to remember!) that I kept it even after career-shifting out.

Presently, I refuse to have a data plan. :)
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From: kightp
2010-01-22 03:06 pm (UTC)
I don't even want to know what a data plan is. (-:
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[User Picture]From: leiacat
2010-01-22 04:15 pm (UTC)
That would be "money you pay to your cellphone company so they kindly permit your smartphone to use the internet". Which, having an intentionally stupid-phone I don't want to make use of.

Ah, sorry, you didn't want to know.
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