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6:47pm on Tuesday, 24th July, 2012:

Hanging Out


I've just finished my first experience of a Google+ hangout (talking games with the ICA Game Studies Interest Group). It was a lot of fun: I can talk about games indefinitely, but don't get much chance to do so at my own university. A hangout was a good way to get to talk to some interesting people for an hour and 40 minutes.

Hangouts are basically a videoconferencing system. You get little pictures of everyone present (up to 10), plus a big picture of whoever is talking at the time (or whoever's dog is barking the loudest). It either works pretty smoothly or is so buggy that half the people who have signed up to attend can't get in; I can't tell from this one experience.

I wonder if there's anyone doing an addon/plugin for an MMO that takes the information and recontextualises it into the MMO interface? If you insist on using VoIP, you may as well go the whole hog and show pictures, too...

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