About five years ago I put up what may have been my first poll related to gaming. It was my second poll, the first being a simple test of some odd, external polling plug-in I was trying out. This was before WordPress.com integrated with Poll Daddy for build-in polling.
The topic of this poll was voice software, and the poll was taken at a time of transition.
For me, the instance group was well and truly under way and we had settled on Skype for our group coms, which was a change for me. At the time I was much more used to having TeamSpeak or Ventrilo speech servers available for guilds and gaming clans to which I belonged. Just a few months before I had let our last guild voice server lapse.
But there was also change going on in the MMO space. Voice communication was starting to be integrated directly into our games. We were starting to hear about companies like Vivoxx. The separate server/client voice software seemed to be getting some competition.
And so I wanted to know, what were people using. I wanted to see if the integrated voice software was catching on. The results (not scientifically valid) seemed to indicate that integrated voice was not catching fire..
That is a small sample, but it was heavily weighted in favor of the two most common guild voice servers, TeamSpeak and Ventrilo. (Nice typo in the poll, me of five years ago! Some things never change!)
Skype and “never” were each more popular than game integrated, while nobody chose “other” or Roger Wilco. The latter I added for historical/sentimental reasons. That was the voice software we were using in 1998, back when we did a lot of gaming at the office in part because we could use the phone system for conference call coms.
So here we are, five years later. Voice software has moved ahead. There are new players in the voice server sphere, while the old standards are still around. Integrated voice coms in MMOs is now a standard and has had five years to work out glitches.
So I thought it might be time to ask the question again. This time though, I am going to ask the question twice. The first time will be the same question, what is your primary voice software, if any. Same question, different year, a couple of new options.
Now for the part two. The same list of options, but this time it is multiple choice. Check all of the boxes that apply.
Right now, for me, the answer for the first question is probably Skype still, five years later, though Mumble, which is the CFC coms standard, is pretty close.
But five years after integrated voice started showing up in MMOs, I still have never used it regularly in any game. I think the instance group experimented with it in LOTRO one night, but we went back to Skype pretty quickly.