Steam and Discord keep trying to copy each other

    
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Where does your allegiance lie: Steam or Discord? It won’t really matter either way, considering that both online services are trying so hard to ape each other that they’re becoming hard to distinguish.

Earlier this month, we covered how Steam is instituting a very Discord-like chat system in an attempt to pull some players back into its ecosystem. Now, Discord has pushed out a games tab that looks pretty much exactly like what you would find on Steam.

Both platforms show what friends are playing (because virtual stalking is a must-have feature in 2018) and pulls some headlines from games that you’ve indexed. Maybe when we blink, the two services will merge together and become the ultimate social gaming platform that will devour the world and consume all our attention?

Source: Eurogamer
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PurpleCopper

Hah, jokes on them. I use Slack.

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Nordavind

Fell in love with Discord the first time I saw it. It’s IRC for the new millennia.

Steam is the devil. Steam kill games. Steam is a steaming pile of poo.

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Fisty

This is cool for me, because most of my friends I make online are made through Discord and not Steam.

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Paragon Lost

Neither, they both suck.

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Nathan Aldana

If Discord has any thing it beats steam on though, its that Discord’s devs dont consider “shrugging and praying to the gods of the almighty algorithm” as a curation strategy for their platform

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Malcolm Swoboda

You know we can hide from others what we’re playing, right? Its easy.

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Michael

Both platforms show what friends are playing (because virtual stalking is a must-have feature in 2018)

Should probably indicate that both platforms allow you to not disclose that information as well.

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Dug From The Earth

Competition is good.

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Michael

Yup. Nothing wrong here.

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Kawaii Five-O

I can’t help but be reminded of the Curse voice app and wonder if Discord is going to end up following in its footsteps.

Personally, I’m not going to use these new features at all. I use Steam and Discord for entirely separate purposes, and I like to maintain that separation.

I don’t use Steam as a social platform, and I don’t give out my Steam info willy nilly. I hate being pestered by someone I’ve barely spoken to while I’m in a single player game with “I see you have X game, we should play it together!” and then not take kindly when I explain I’ve already beaten it and don’t want to reinstall it (for someone I barely even know).

Discord, I give out much more casually and do treat as a social platform, but I also have it set to not show what game, if any, I’m currently playing.

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Michael

The Curse app still exists, it is called the Twitch app now though. It is still being supported and widely used for easy installing of mods. It is actually really good now. (They removed adds and you no longer have to pay to update all your mods in one click)

You can hide all that information on Steam now btw. (Pretty recent change)

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Bruno Brito

Anything that destroys Steam monopoly is good in my eyes.