The link to the website can be found Here! if you would prefer to skip my babbling and read it all for yourself =)
But anyway, the program is essentially a mix between Teamspeak and Skype, pretty much deadsmack halfway. I am a regular user of both of these programs for voice communications so I kind of know the limits to both.
A screenshot of what the program looks like and how aesthetically pleasing it is!
Before we jump into Discord, i want to describe the limitations of the other 2 programs.
Let's start with Skype. It's a decent program that was designed as a solution for conference and long distance calls over the internet that quickly evolved into a common chat program. Calls are intended to be of high quality which is good for a quick hello to a long lost loved one, but to constantly host a call for game communication can be taxing on your bandwidth, especially when you start hosting 4+ people. I'm not going to even imagine hosting a large raid group of 30 people, but i have hosted a call of 10 people which was riddled with bugs and noise. Skype also hosts ads which can ngaw away at your bandwidth when you aren't paying attention.
- Is completely free
- Good for calls with a small group
- Is portable and can be used on both PC and phone
- Very simple to use. Click and call
- Bandwidth intensive
- Has ADS on the side
- Good luck calling a raid group of 100 people!
- Hard to manage permissions (yes, skype has permissions)
Now TS. A fantastic program, do not get me wrong. It is unparalleled when it comes to huge group management and allows for hundreds of people to communicate together effectively. Only one problem i've had with it is the lack of focus on the messenger side (which is completely understandable since it's primary focus is voice comms). But i have had scenarios where people without a microphone were left unheard since the messenger is nearly non existent. I may be wrong about the next fact, but TS is also stuck to a single platform (PC) and of course you have to turn on your PC to use it. Meaning people who are out will be out of touch with everyone else.
- Very very very good at handling voice comms
- Permissions are easy to use and control hierarchies are clear
- Light on internet bandwidth
- Not entirely free, you have to pay for servers
- Settings somewhat complicated, especially for new (and non-technically proficient) users
- Restricted to a single platform, not portable
- Not very messenger friendly
- Can only be in a single server at a time
Finally we have Discord. As i said earlier, it is a mix between the two. Discord is essentially Skype but instead of a friend's list, you join servers like teamspeak. Anyone who is a Discord member can create a server for free. With this server, they just simply link an invite code to their friends and voila, they're in! The best part, you can be in multiple servers at a time so you do not have to continuously reconnect and disconnect between two different groups of people. You can however, only be connected to a single room for voice communications at time.
An example, I can be in a USC server and talk to our fellow shipmates while we are blowing our enemies away while being in a second server with my other friends and typing about how lovely the 40'C weather in Australia is. Discord is also available in the web browser. This means anyone can use it without having to install it on their computers (good for when you're at work!) and is also available on smart devices. So essentially, everyone can still be connected at all times with a solid framework for communication.
- Completely Free
- Servers can be made instantly for free by anyone
- Is portable everywhere
- Low bandwidth usage
- Can support large groups of people for calls
- Very easy and simple to use
- No install required
- Has a solid messaging system that retains chat history
- Slightly lacking in the administrative controls department
- Still new, security issues not surfaced yet
- Server invite links are uncontrolled and can be given to anyone if admin controls are not in place, they can however be revoked by a server admin
Anyway, this is my experience with using the program so far. If you are willing, give it a shot! I'm starting to use it to permanently replace my skype to casually talk to my friends. I have not yet tried it to replace TS as of yet. In my opinion, there's a good chance TS may still be the choice for large voice communications but i can absolutely see Discord being used as a communications platform between members that isn't the forums. I think it would be perfect for building bonds between team members as everyone is constantly in touch with each other.
If enough people get on board with the Discord hype train, I am happy to start up a USC server (or someone else can) and we can all start chatting away!