Discord is the hottest proprietary freeware VoIP application, and if that means nothing to you, you’re not alone. Basically, it’s an app that lets you talk or chat with other people — kind of like WhatsApp mixed with Ventrilo.
A short history of the app via Wikipedia:
“The concept of Discord came from Jason Citron, who had founded OpenFeint, a social gaming platform for mobile games. He eventually sold OpenFeint to GREE for $104 million in 2011, which he used to found Hammer & Chisel, a game development studio, 2012.”
“Their original product was Fates Forever released in 2014, which Citron anticipated to be the first MOBA game on mobile platforms. While Fates Forever was not commercially successful due to low popularity, Citron noted the difficulties that his team had in building the game when trying to play other representative games like Final Fantasy XIV and League of Legends to work out gameplay concepts, specifically highlighting issues of current Voice over IP options that were available: some VoIP options required players to share various IP addresses just to connect, while other services like Skype or TeamSpeak were resource-heavy and had known security issues. This led the developers towards developing a chat service that was much friendlier to used based on more modern technology.”
With over 45 million users as of May, Discord has taken over the gaming and internet communities. With little outreach or advertising, the application has become ubiquitous for almost every online video game. Nobody asks if you have TeamSpeak or a Vent server anymore, because everybody assumes your guild has a Discord channel.
In my opinion, the main reason for this dramatic shift is Discord’s design. The app is easy to download, easy to figure out, enjoyable to look at, and even more enjoyable to use. It has no noticeable latency, which makes Skype feel like it was created in the 1980s.
Creating an account takes a few minutes at most and creating your own server is free and just as easy. I prefer the desktop version of the application as the mobile app is slightly harder to use, but it’s still very useful. Perhaps Discord’s best feature is its text feed, which features hundreds of emojis and the ability to share pictures and videos with ease.
Basically, I feel like anyone not using Discord is donkey-brained.