The Daily Grind: Are you actually using Steam’s new chat and group features?

    
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Last week, Steam pushed live the changes to its social features it first announced back in June. As we wrote at the time, its claim to fame was a significantly overhauled group discussion system, which surely not coincidentally looks an awful lot like Discord, complete with the new voice chat.

A guildie of mine and I gave the new stuff a spin last week, and while it’s nice enough, we couldn’t see a good reason to switch away from what we use, which is Slack, chiefly for security (and the fact that many of us already used Slack for work). Without Slack, we’d use Discord like so many other gamers. Steam’s new tools still seem a tad clunky, and the lack of persistent chat when you log in seemed like a deal-breaker.

I have to wonder whether we’re alone. Are you using Steam’s new community chat features? And if not, what do your MMO guilds use?

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Crowe

Nope, more platform bloat. I’d prefer the old more streamlined version.

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Celestia

Nope.

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Toy Clown

Whoa. That’s a total rip-off from Discord.

To answer the question, I maybe log into Steam once a year, if that, so I have no use for the chat system.

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Fervor Bliss

No, My real life contacts are too important to trust Steam with.

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Dug From The Earth

Steam was too late to this party. Im happy to use it as my game library, but Discord is my go to for chat and voice for the people im actually playing with.

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Jack Pipsam

Nope. I don’t really connect with anyone on Steam much.
Jump back six years and it would be a different story, I’d be all over this, but now? No point for me personally.

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Pandalulz

My Steam friend list is a barren land of IRL people who got excited about Steam sales several years back and then somehow haven’t logged in in over a year. The few who have, I have better ways of getting in touch with them.

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Wakkander

Nope, I like discord better for that stuff, and frankly have an innate distrust of companies that get too close as a monopoly as is, like steam with pc games. No reason to add to it. I’d love to see more games integrate discord though, especially mmo’s with usually terrible in game voice chat.

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Stormwaltz

I disabled it immediately using “-nochatui -nofriendsui”

For me, Steam is primarily a way to organize my games, keep them patched, and (now that Raptr is gone) track how much I play. If I want a social media platform, I’ve got plenty already.

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Zen Dadaist

No. It’s not really what I use steam for tbh. I have the new Flist configured the same was as my old one. That said I do like the fact it now notifies you IN THE FRIENDS LIST if there’s an offline message for you. (The way they changed how the FList displays people, on the other hand, is maddening…)