Over the last 6 months we've seen a decent amount of chatter through a WhatsApp group which was initially set up for DJB Destiny players, but has evolved into more of a random gaming chat / group finding tool. While WhatsApp is great, its not for everyone. As the GM mentioned in a recent News Post not all folks are willing to give out there phone number to chat with others, and these folks were at a disadvantage when looking for gaming groups.
So what I've done is created a Beta test for a program which will allow all gamers the ability to chat to find groups, similar to WhatsApp, but doesn't require a phone number. I'm going to say this part several times in this news post... ALL MATCH CHALLENGES MUST STILL BE MADE IN #DBGAMING ON IRC.
A while back I had done some research on a free program called HipChat which only requires an email address to register for. The main advantage I see with HipChat is that your messaging can be monitored via a Computer or a Mobile Device and you don't "miss" messages when not logged in, all rooms are set up to be persistent and retain messages. It's available for Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, and through Web Browser. The program offers configurable Rooms, able to set specific Owners for each Room. One to One Chat is also available.
The only two real disadvantages I found was that kicking/banning people wasn't really an easy thing to do and that the way program allows the Owner (me) and Admins (no one else right now) to see offline messages preserves logs of ALL rooms. This includes rooms created which are set as private with a password. One on One chat is NOT logged.
So what is this chat supposed to be used for? A more mobile option for chatting about gaming.
So what is this chat NOT supposed to be used for? (wait for it)
Right now I only have two channels set up: PC LFG Chat and Console LFG Chat. As folks join if they'd like to create more channels for other games or topics feel free, its completely within your ability (FIFA LFG, Unity LFG, Destiny LFG, Diablo LFG, GTA LFG).
I hope you give this program a shot, I think it has alot of potential to improve the gaming experience our Club offers and to build bridges amongst the gaming membership. So here's the hyperlink, User Access to the DB LFG HipChat. I look forward to seeing you on the server and in game.
Oh... one last thing:
Enjoy, let me know if you have any questions
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