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What is a good program to use to talk to my friends In-game?

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The one I use, and it is a very popular program, is called TeamSpeak. The website for this program can be found
answered 12 years ago by llamaz Mercenary (1,017 points)   1 1 5
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Teamspeak, Ventrillo, and Skype are all wonderful options that are free.

I use ventrillo and skype myself.
answered 12 years ago by Zee_n1 Journeyman (618 points)   6
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Ventrilo is a very common one.
answered 12 years ago by shoricsmat Grandmaster (12,671 points)   6 11 46
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I believe that the two most popular are:


answered 12 years ago by shmo55 Journeyman (641 points)   6
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There are 3 good programs. Teamspeak, Mumble or Ventrilo. I personaly like Teamspeak because its easy to use.
answered 12 years ago by Killercheese Mercenary (1,262 points)   2 13
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Ventrillo is really solid.  I'd go for that.
answered 12 years ago by carnevoodoo Journeyman (634 points)   6
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I have used Teamspeak


and Mumble

They'r all good and have grate voice quality. For me ventrillo was the most complicated, its not really that complicated, but compared to the other 2 it was more complicated than they were. Used teamspeak for a while it was really easy to setup and use, has lots of options and was great for use with my friends.

Now i have switched to mumble since i heard so much about it. The good thing about it is that it has a built in, ingame overlay, so you can see who talks, it also has possitional audio, its not supported for all games, but for the most popular ones it is. It makes it that you can hear the person you're talking to from the side he is in the game, also hear him more quietly or loudly depending on his distance.

I suggest you try out these 3 and choose which one fits you the best.

answered 12 years ago by Ins1d3r Mercenary (1,224 points)   17
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I recommend Teamspeak since its the most popular. Talk to your friends and see who prefers what. The other two popular programs is mumble and ventrillo. I wouldn't recommend Skype because it takes up too many resources.
answered 12 years ago by SnakePL Adept (799 points)   7
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i will also recommend ventrillo, all my friends use it.
answered 12 years ago by drakaenae King (41,339 points)   5 9 79
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I would use Ventrillo over Skype or the others, I've expierenced more dropped connections with those and never one with vent(rillo)
answered 12 years ago by slimyHog Journeyman (683 points)   1 1 14
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Ventrillo is my personal favorite.

I hate Skype because of the whole lack of a push-to-talk button.

I don't need to hear everything going on in your room while you're talking to me, nor do I need to hear every burp you have to belt out while chugging your Mtn. Dew.

Skype is also a HUGE bandwidth hog, which could cause you to lag if you're connection isn't fast.
answered 12 years ago by mrtowel Prince (27,434 points)   8 18 41
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Mumble is a wonderful program to use, It's pretty light weight, open sourced and very very low latency so there is low delay between when you talk and when others hear your message.
answered 12 years ago by Muthoe Journeyman (716 points)   7
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If you just want to talk to someone I'd suggest Ventrilo or Skype whereas teamspeak is a bit more advanced.
answered 12 years ago by SgtDom592 Newbie (156 points)   2
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I use SKYPE..... Even xfire seems to work if I am not wrong.
answered 12 years ago by xboxer King (32,462 points)   6 11 48
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For gaming Ventrilo seems to be really popular. The interface is really easy to use - plus you can individually adjust every person's volume to your preferences, which is really useful when you have only one person with a really loud microphone. You can reduce his/her volume without compromising any of the other volumes. Push-to-talk functionality is a bonus (so your microphone only transmits whenever you hold down a key/mouse-button).

A downside however,  is that you need access to a Ventrilo server! Hosting a server yourself can be difficult ; some websites host Ventrilo servers for free, where as the better, less laggy servers will cost rent.


Skype on the otherhand has video chat (not really useful for gaming but it's fun during other times!) Skype also adjusts everyone's volume to be equal - although sometimes it doesn't work perfectly. Skype can drop out sometimes. But the latency between people is extremely fast and is free to use! Skype also has a very nice interface for chatting as well. Plus, it's free.


I've also happened to use teamspeak before and I never really liked it.  Interface is weird but that's a personal thing.


Anyway, if you want something really easy to use and setup from scratch, Skype is the way to go. If you want more hardcore voicechat with no dropouts whatsoever, you'd want to rent a ventrilo server from your region.


Hope this helps!
answered 12 years ago by Ether Journeyman (633 points)   12
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I use teamspeak 3 and have had zero issues with it. The servers are cheap as well -- about 2.50 a month. You can also find servers for free.

I highly recommend Teamspeak 3.
answered 12 years ago by avwjase Mercenary (1,716 points)   1 2 19
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Teamspeak, Ventrilo and Mumble are all good voice communication programs.
answered 12 years ago by HossDelgado Journeyman (651 points)   5

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