Of course, while playing poker I enjoy chatting,
usually tho thats just those @ your table...
2 former text games, and 1 pvp flight sim, all
had chat. While the flight sim, just had a lobby
to launch games from, there was a site that kept
all the stats from the tournaments they ran.
The 2 text games were vastly different.... 1, global
chat was mainly used to trashtalk or as a diversion
and the actual Alliance chat was in AIM. The 2nd
game had the most innovative chat I've ever seen.
Main (global) chat took up the bottom 6 lines area
in the browser, yet could be detatched into its own
tab, thus browser size was chatroom size, and full
width. The best part was that any chatroom could
be created, and PW protected. While Main chat had
rules, private chats didn't.
For that 2nd game.... 24/7 there'd always be @least
10-15 ppl on, and up to ohh 50, @ peak times.
Neither of those were as fast as the old AOL rooms
with 150-200 ppl in them. So chat was usually civil
and not that hard to follow 2-3 conversations @ once.
It sure seem'd that the addition of chat, increased the
sense of community, the players felt. It increased the
efficiency of thier Forum, beacuse the BS just wasn't
there.... the players left that in chat. The Forum wasn't
diminshed in any way by having chat also.
I usually see 7-15 ppl here on, while in most FSs I don't
seem to be on when others are. When I have a few hrs to
kill, I don't wanna be busy for 15 min, then twiddle my
thumbs for 3 hrs.... there's only soo much else there is to
do, like city-planning and such. It would be nice to connect
more with ppl, and actually get to know them. It also helps
when you're reading a post, if you have some context of the
other person, because you've actually talked with them,
outside that particular post.
I'm not part of the Social Media ethos, and I don't wanna
suggest/petition Inno for Chat, if its just never gonna work
here. Its just so hard to play a "watch-the-paint-dry" game,
when there's nothing else to do while waiting.
Inno wants the eye-balls on the game, they want those endless
logins from us, yet ask them for a path where I can log on for
a couple hrs str8 and keep my eye-balls on thier pages, and
the answer seems to be no.... I find that illogical.