The Daily Grind: Do you judge MMOs by the quality of their Discords?

    
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When we covered Palia earlier this month, I noticed multiple commenters, Twitter denizens, and even our own staff talking approvingly of the community Discord. Like the game itself, it’s already attracting the most lovely people. It’s already a place I enjoy hanging out. You get the community you build for, right?

It’s a sharp contrast to the Discord for a different game I attempted to try out the week before that. That Discord was so bad that it was half the reason I uninstalled it. Life is too short to willingly put up with chat filled with sexism, racism, and homophobia.

True, I’ve been in lots of Discords that were very pleasant, but the game was a dud. And we’ve all seen super high-quality games where the developers have very obviously given up on trying to control the playerbase. But still, I can’t help but use the Discord as a quick temperature check. How about you? Do you judge MMOs by their Discords?

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Michael Lehner

On companies (not only games, but even other business) using Discord, i have made both positive and negative experiences. Some use it well and professionally, as yet another channel to get help and support. Where voice is only used rarely, most of the work is done in text form.

At others, mostly games, it seems to be just one more place with extremely bad signal to noise ratio, which is not worth visiting.

For gaming guilds, i am even more extreme: when i have the choice, i rather pick the one without discord. My experience is that in guilds which have discord, there’s often two groups of players inside the same group: those who are active there, already over daytime, and have their activities already planed out before starting gaming on the evening. And those who don’t spend time on discord over the day, but rather start up the game on the evening and then might merely fill gaps, because everything was planed without them.

Mind you, i know that for more uniform guilds, where all players are on the same level of gaming, Discord can be a great tool. But for the evening-warrior who has his smartphone off during worktime, it’s hard to find a guild where everybody is like that. And if not everybody operates that way, you loose out.

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Rndomuser

Many games do not have official Discord servers, except few that are currently in development. There are unofficial Discord servers for things like popular subreddits for specific games, though. All of them are just a reflection of in-game community and reflection of what game developers want their game to be, so if the community is nice and kind and that’s the kind of community developers want the game to have then people behave in same way in official or unofficial Discord servers, and the opposite is also true. So it’s valid to judge the game by its Discord community but you can do it without looking at Discord by looking at things like the design of the gameplay or the art style.

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EmberStar

It’s sad and not at all amusing that you’re so willing to be condescending and patronizing about other peoples’ decision not to use it. Especially when you throw a nice shading of ageism on top of it. (Not that it even slightly matters. But based on some of your other comments, I’d be willing to wager that I’m younger than you are.)

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Bruno Brito

P.S: It’s sad and amusing how many people are still afraid of using Discord or falsely assume that it can’t be used for proper community management. Fortunately there isn’t many of such people and most younger people fully utilize it for everything.

Sorry that we can’t dislike what you like.

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Rndomuser

I wasn’t asking anyone to like what I want, everyone is always free to dislike everything, I was simply expressing my own opinion.

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Pandalulz

I don’t think I’ve ever been to an MMO’s official Discord. I tried jumping into a couple of the official single-player developer Discords and it was like watching Twitch chat, just so much garbage scrolling so fast it was impossible to actually communicate. I’m on several other game communities’ Discords, a couple of smaller podcast and fansite Discords and those can be pretty good places if you find the right ones. I’m also on the official unofficial Discord for my FFXIV server and it’s pretty quiet there. Other than that, it’s just for guild type stuff.

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Harbinger_Kyleran

This was my first thought, MMOs have official Discords?

I mean real MMOs, not all this crowd funded crap.

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psytic

Discord is great for build guides and tier list type questions. I like to check in when I start a new game but no I dont care about Discord usually.

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Giggilybits

What’s discord? Is it kind of like Mplayer?

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EmberStar

I don’t have a Discord account, and have no intention of making one. As far as I know, this means I can’t even view Discord message boards.

So… no. I don’t judge anything by its Discord. Unless they’ve chosen to move their official forums to Discord, in which case I put them on The List and make a note to never do business with them again.

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Brazen Bondar

Don’t really like Discord. Too many voices on there. Some in the game, some not, just talking to be social…it’s more cacophony than anything else to me. I see why people use it for raiding, but other than that, no thanks.

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Stormwaltz

I don’t find Discord a useful tool for communication. EDIT: At least when you have more than 25-50 people in it.

It’s like being in a crowded room where everyone’s yelling about different things, all the time.

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NeoWolf

I use Discord for its voice chat utility while gaming, which is pretty decent, beyond that it is of zero interest to me, so no :)

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Anstalt

Doesn’t affect me.

So far, I’ve managed to avoid Discord completely, I don’t look at the discussions nor do I use the voice chat.

However, I will judge a game negatively if it has a discord channel but doesn’t have it’s own official forum. A game needs a concrete primary source of information, and that should be the official website and official forums. If a company delegates that task to a 3rd party platform, I definitely view them negatively.

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Hikari Kenzaki

If a company delegates that task to a 3rd party platform, I definitely view them negatively.

Unless it is a very large company, most forums are almost completely managed by a third party. They may have CMs and mods and there may ultimately be someone in charge, but in-house IT just for the forums is not common.

Often, the website itself is contracted, designed, and implemented by a third party as well. So, in that respect, a forum/website is usually no different than Discord, Reddit, Twitter, etc. It’s simply the technology they are using to reach their audience.