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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Aug 14, 2019. 6 comments

Discord Explains How It Handles Harassment, Doxxing, And Threatening Behavior

Discord Explains How It Handles Harassment, Doxxing, And Threatening Behavior

Discord, the only way young people communicate via voice after we collectively agreed to stop answering phone calls several years ago, is trying to be more open about how it handles harassment, threats, doxxing, and other forms of abuse on its platform. In order to do this, it plans to release regular “transparency reports,” the first of which is available to peruse now.

The idea, says...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jun 06, 2019. 16 comments

For Men Who Hate Talking On The Phone, Games Keep Friendships Alive

For Men Who Hate Talking On The Phone, Games Keep Friendships Alive

Any time a friend of Eddie Gill’s calls him on the phone, his first thought is: “Why the fuck are you calling me?”

Gill, a physician from Hingham, MA, is 30 years old—around the age when, according to an oft-cited study by Royal Society Open Science, the number of friendships the average man maintains dramatically declines. He is not a phone guy. He’ll talk to his mom, or his grandparents....

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra May 25, 2019. 3 comments

Adorable Little Discord Bot Is Actually A Devious Game In Disguise

Adorable Little Discord Bot Is Actually A Devious Game In Disguise

When my Discord server first added Smilebot, everything seemed normal. It was a little widget that spewed emojis and told you what your mood was. When I returned to my Discord after a plane flight, competing corporate factions in our sever were at war with each other in a competition to craft materials and please faceless overlords.

Smilebot is the brain-child of Vancouver-based designer James...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Feb 20, 2019. 23 comments

When Your Favorite Streamer Turns Out To Be A Creep (Or Worse)

When Your Favorite Streamer Turns Out To Be A Creep (Or Worse)

When Georgia police arrested Thomas Cheung, a well-known Twitch streamer and World of Warcraft community figure, as part of a child sex sting two weeks ago, a common reaction among his friends, fans, and business associates was shock.

If you were intimately involved in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game’s community, there’s a good chance you’d heard of, and maybe even crossed...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 15, 2018. 22 comments

Discord Thinks It Can Woo People With Yet Another PC Game Launcher

Discord Thinks It Can Woo People With Yet Another PC Game Launcher

Last week, the store wars began , but now they’re really getting spicy. With Epic’s store up, running, and offering an 88 percent cut of earnings to developers (compared to Steam’s industry-standard 70 percent), Discord has fired back with an even more appealing offer: 90 percent.

The revenue split will come to Discord’s game store in 2019 alongside a “self-serve game publishing platform” for...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Dec 14, 2018. 19 comments

The State Of PC Gaming In 2018

The State Of PC Gaming In 2018
Year In ReviewWe look back at the highs, lows, surprises, and standouts in and around video games this year.  

PC has never been a singular platform like, say, PlayStation or Xbox. Instead, it’s a series of disparate landmasses sharing the same turbulent sea.

While this has allowed for plenty of innovation and experimentation over the years, in 2018 Steam—with its clutter and toxicity...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Nov 07, 2018. 9 comments

Some Switch Players Are Looking Outside Nintendo For Matchmaking

Some Switch Players Are Looking Outside Nintendo For Matchmaking

Nintendo Switch Online went live over a month ago. While the paid service is required for people to play games like Mario Tennis Aces online together, it still doesn’t include any way for players to easily meet and connect with one another. As a result, fans have tried to fill that void with their own solutions, the latest of which is a website called Switcher.

Switcher lets you import your...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Oct 20, 2018. 16 comments

You Should Opt Out Of Discord's New Policy Changes

You Should Opt Out Of Discord's New Policy Changes

A small but important change to Discord’s terms of service has big ramifications for users. The social app’s terms now include a class waiver, which would prevent participation in larger lawsuits. It’s supposedly meant to prevent frivolous lawsuits, but if you want to protect your consumer rights, a simple email will opt you out of the policy.

The change was included in Discord’s October 16...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Aug 10, 2018. 22 comments

Discord Is Launching Its Own Curated Game Store

Discord Is Launching Its Own Curated Game Store

Back in June, ubiquitous chat company Discord launched a games tab that bore a slight resemblance to Steam’s front page. Now it’s launching its own store that resolutely refutes Steam’s anything-goes approach.

Valve recently said that it’s opening Steam’s floodgates wider than ever before. Discord, on the other hand, says it is hoping its store will have a “cozy neighborhood book shop...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 28, 2018. 16 comments

Discord Pulls Popular Final Fantasy Server's Partner Status Over NSFW Content

Discord Pulls Popular <i>Final Fantasy</i> Server's Partner Status Over NSFW Content

Most people use Discord to chat with their gaming communities. Some also use it to share anime porn. As Discord has grown in ubiquity and legitimacy, these priorities have come into conflict.

This week, the Final Fantasy XIV subreddit’s Discord had its official partner status revoked for issues stemming from its NSFW chat channel. Initially, a Discord rep pointed to “illustrated or digitally...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jun 23, 2018. 8 comments

Discord's New Games Tab Is A Lot Like Steam

Discord's New Games Tab Is A Lot Like Steam

Last week, Steam added new chat features that took a page from Discord’s book—pretty much the entire book, actually . Now, Discord has added a “games” tab that replicates some of Steam’s most pervasive features. And thus, the circle is complete.

Steam’s New Chat Is A Lot Like Discord

For the longest time, Steam’s built-in chat functionality has not been what I would call good.…

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Apr 18, 2018. 22 comments

Nobody Understands The People Who Use Discord's 'Light' Theme

Nobody Understands The People Who Use Discord's 'Light' Theme

The long, contentious list of things that divide us—dogs vs. cats, Democrat vs. Republication, ketchup vs. mayo—has an entry just for gamer aesthetes. There’s a war among Discord users over whether people who use the gaming chat app’s “light” theme are wicked, infernal hellbeasts or normal humans who like white backgrounds.

Discord’s signature look is dark. On top of a default gray background,...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Oct 09, 2017. 16 comments

Battle.Net Gets New Social Features

Battle.Net Gets New Social Features

Blizzard’s Battle.net service is giving players what they want—access to their gaming friends on every device, whenever. It’s a push for hyper convenience, but will undoubtedly lead many players to wonder which chat service they should use.

On Battle.net’s beta version of its desktop app, a “Social” tab is now visible. Players can voice or text chat through groups, private DMs and channels....

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Aug 16, 2017. 24 comments

Discord Shuts Down White Supremacist Servers In Wake Of Charlottesville Rally [UPDATE]

Discord Shuts Down White Supremacist Servers In Wake Of Charlottesville Rally [UPDATE]

Gaming chat client Discord has banned servers and several users linked to white supremacist and Nazi ideologies, according to a tweet sent out from the official Discord account. “Discord’s mission is to bring people together around gaming,” their statement on Twitter read. “We will continue to take action against white supremacy, nazi ideology, and all forms of hate.”

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