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VoIP Hacks by Theodore Wallingford

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Hack #20. VoIP While Fragging

This sure beats typing "OWNED!" in an in-game chat window.

If you're like most übergeeks (and I say this as an admitted übergeek), there might be no pastime more satisfying to you than online gaming. Indeed, it's hard to beat the pure excitement of fragging your best friend with a rocket launcher in Quake or laying down the Horde smack onto a World of Warcraft n00b. Of course, if you're a Ventrilo or Teamspeak user, you can use Voice over IP to rub it in your opponent's face verbally when you crush him.

Ventrilo and Teamspeak provide hands-free conference calling designed for online gaming. This way, teammates can coordinate their strategies verbally, communicating by mouth without interrupting their in-game action, rather than by typed messages, which can be a real distraction. Nothing's a greater mood killer than having to stop to type a chat message to call for a rescue, only to get hit from behind by a stray rocket while typing your plea.

One great feature of both Ventrilo and Teamspeak is their "push-to-talk" capability. This allows you to treat them like a walkie-talkie—cutting out the background noise that would otherwise be transmitted if the chat were always live. With this feature, you can even forego headphones if you keep your transmissions brief so as to discourage echo.

Ventrilo

Ventrilo, from Flagship Industries (http://www.ventrilo.com/), is a team voice chat system that uses the Global System for Mobile (GSM) codec—a very bandwidth-conservative ...

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