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Using VoIP for Online Games

Updated on March 14, 2013
VoIP for Online Gaming
VoIP for Online Gaming

The Need for VoIP Communication

Online games present a unique challenge for communication between players. Especially the type of game known as Massively Multiplayer Online games or MMOs frequently require complex coordination between large groups of people. Games like World Of Warcraft or Guild Wars have epic battles between competing teams each consisting of several dozen people. These individuals can be in different time zones in separate countries and will need to be in constant voice communication with each other for long periods of time. Using the traditional PSTN phone system is of course absurd. The international charges are prohibitive. Another problem is the form factor. Such people require both their hands to be actively engaged and as such, need to use a headset for constant communication. Needless to say, the inflexible telephone network that most of us have gotten used to over the past few decades is woefully insufficient to keep up with these demands.

Fortunately the very medium that allows these gamers to compete together provides them with a solution for communication as well. VoIP has turned out to be indispensable for those playing MMOs and other online games requiring active coordination. With VoIP, they can chat with each other for however long they want without paying anything. Many VoIP clients are freely available allowing users to set up rooms where others can join in just like with a conference call.

VoIP Clients for Online Gaming

Online gaming requires a very specific type of tool or effective communication. You need the ability to create a "group" of players all of whom can hear each other talking. In addition, there needs to be some kind of filtering system to ensure that not all sounds are transmitted. If there are 10 people in a room, having the ambient noise fed to everyone will be extremely distracting and compromise the experience. Some clients have a special hotkey that users can press to talk thereby ensuring that they only transmit what they want others to hear. Another system is to create a certain threshold level of sound about which the communication channel becomes active.

Two popular clients for voice communication while gaming online are Ventrilo and TeamSpeak. The usage of each is more or less determined by personal preference and existing group custom. It's possible that professional VoIP products may take a few cues from online gaming to prepare for the time when individuals work entirely from home. Much of the same requirements will be needed. Contact your SIP provider to find out Los Angeles PBX pricing options. Given the state of competition in the market, you'll be sure to find a business PBX system that will meet your needs.


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      5 years ago from United States

      I think everyone are using Skype nowadays. It much convenient and absolutely free if we speak about voice chat while playing.


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