Discord - Chat for Gamers
Discord is a specialized chat app for gamers who need to communicate while playing a co-op game. Download Discord to any platform, create groups and channels, and communicate with voice anonymously!
Discord is a Skype-like app for chatting with texts, voice, and video. But, unlike other messengers, it’s meant for gaming, with special features. As online games can unite perfect strangers, there’s no need to expose your real phone number or email: your Discord ID is enough for others to contact you.
After creating an ID and adding your in-game friends, you can participate in chats or start your own. Discord supports both group chats and private communication. You can attach pictures to your messages; no location, video stream, or GIF is supported.
Channel and group system is rather complicated, and it takes some time to make it out. But when you do, you can flexibly operate Discord to have various teams in their own channels and start chats with the right party at the right time. If you need to notify someone personally, just mention them with an “@.”
You can download Discord for iOS and Android, so you’ll stay connected, even when you’re AFK. There are also desktop versions, so Discord is always with you, whatever you’re at. It’s useful when your team has scheduled a game: you get notified that it starts soon in time.
Ease of Use
It took me about an hour to make out all Discord’s grouping features. It’s rather complicated that you have to share your ID to be added and add other users by their ID’s. Creating group chats can also make you scratch your head, but once you get it, everything is easy. As for stability and performance, I had nothing to complain about both on Android and iPad.
The interface is logical (though this logic needs to be acknowledged). It uses a darker theme by default, making you feel endangered (and endungeoned). Videos and pictures someone shares are displayed upon the main chat. The only real inconvenience is being not as simple as WhatsApp, but if you have dealt with Skype enough, you’ll get everything about Discord soon.
Discord is basically free. If you purchase a Nitro Classic subscription, you get no extra options for chat itself. Instead, it brings you streaming games that are worth much more than $10 you’re charged monthly. The list of games includes famous titles, and it constantly grows.
- Chats and channels perfectly fit for online gaming;
- No real name, phone, or email is exposed;
- Gamified design;
- Can be run along with games;
- The free version is fully functional.
- Not as good as a regular messenger;
- Updates on Android make voice chatting problematic (may be fixed as you read this);
- It’s an obstacle if you want to forget about games for a while.
If you’re into gaming, and your teammates are from all the world, and you don’t want to miss a team raid or a real-time chat, download Discord, create an account, and enjoy standalone texting and chatting!