#1 Edited by Bollard (5248 posts) -

I've been using Skype for a long time now, and it's pretty much the only way I chat to friends in game, and do video calls. Heck, I've even record a weekly podcast via Skype.

But, as I'm sure most people are aware, Skype is pretty shitty. The audio quality is so-so, the automatic audio ducking it does when someone talks is garbage and the part where it turns down all your other applications while you're on a call is inconsistent at best.

And now, it has even better ads:

Skype. Please, stahp. You're pushing me over the line. Anyone got any good alternatives (preferable with video chat too)?

#2 Posted by Krullban (1023 posts) -

I haven't had any problems with the audio quality and I'm Skyping with people on the other side of the planet while I use wifi.

#3 Edited by davidwitten22 (1708 posts) -

Give it enough time and they will develop and ad blocker for Skype.

#4 Posted by Video_Game_King (35994 posts) -

Anyone got any good alternatives (preferable with video chat too)?

Going outside and talking to people in person?

#5 Edited by Bollard (5248 posts) -

@krullban said:

I haven't had any problems with the audio quality and I'm Skyping with people on the other side of the planet while I use wifi.

You just have low standards.

*Edit: I mean, lower standards than myself. Skype works, that's why I use it. It could sound better.

#6 Posted by Ubersmake (754 posts) -

Google Hangouts? I don't even know if that was meant as a suggestion or a joke, because I'm not a big fan of it. It gets the job done, I suppose.

For audio-only, you could give Mumble a shot. But someone I know runs a server with Mumble on it, and that's what I and other friends use. I haven't had any actual experience running it.

#7 Posted by Forcen (1804 posts) -
#8 Posted by EXTomar (4496 posts) -

Skype used to be a simple, clean and quick. Now is it garish with ads on everything which slows the whole thing down. It has also got more cumbersome compared to Facetime.

#9 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (3010 posts) -

I actually had that moment where you here some random audio coming from your pc and you're trying to find the ad or pop-up that's playing that shit. Eventually closed my entire broswer and that's when I found that Sype now has ads.

#10 Edited by Bollard (5248 posts) -

Google Hangouts? I don't even know if that was meant as a suggestion or a joke, because I'm not a big fan of it. It gets the job done, I suppose.

For audio-only, you could give Mumble a shot. But someone I know runs a server with Mumble on it, and that's what I and other friends use. I haven't had any actual experience running it.

I drop in on the Giantbomb PC Gaming Hub Mumble from time to time. I like it a lot. It actually has good audio ducking, which only turns down applications when people speak, rather than when you join the channel. Plus, it will work on programs you open after you entered the channel, rather than having to fudge with audio levels all the time like in Skype.

@forcen said:

@chavtheworld: This seems good: https://jitsi.org/

Oh sweet, is the multi-video stuff free? I hate that that is behind a paywall in Skype.

#11 Posted by Slaegar (688 posts) -

http://www.razerzone.com/comms

Razor Comms might do you alright if you don't need video. I'm not sure how the quality stands up. I know its build around the being used for games.

#12 Posted by Forcen (1804 posts) -

@chavtheworld: I think it's all free, also it has OTR encryption and so on.

#13 Edited by Ravelle (1188 posts) -

I'm using google Hangout for a while and am quite happy with it, super light, only seconds of installation, slick interface, great quality and not cluttered with ads and other unneeded stuff.

The trick is to convince other people to use it because everyone uses skype. ;p

#14 Posted by wewantsthering (1551 posts) -
#15 Edited by Codeacious (960 posts) -

I still use Skype 4.2, which works great and isn't full of the post-acqusition bullshit.

#16 Edited by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

I just got this one when my friend called me. It's so bad.....

#17 Posted by spraynardtatum (2605 posts) -

Don't knock the ads. That's how the NSA listens into your calls. Embrace it and learn to love it. They have drones.....

#18 Edited by Ben_H (3310 posts) -

I just got this one when my friend called me. It's so bad.....

Reinforcement of my opinion that marketers and advertisers are scum. Thanks!

#19 Posted by Demoskinos (14562 posts) -

I dont mind Skype. I also don't spend anytime looking at Skype. I launch a call and then go do other things while chatting.

#20 Posted by GaspoweR (2802 posts) -
#21 Posted by Azteck (7449 posts) -

Time to never update, and install 3.8 instead.

#22 Posted by Ramone (2959 posts) -

Are we doing this duder? Are we moving off Skype once and for all?

#23 Posted by Budwyzer (544 posts) -

I was gonna say C3, but it doesn't have video chat. But Google Hangouts looks great. I'll be downloading that this evening because Skype is pissing me off as well.

#24 Edited by Hamst3r (4451 posts) -

@peasantabuse: @chavtheworld: What version of Skype is that?

Also this might be of use:

Open the hosts file in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\.

and add: 127.0.0.1 rad.msn.com to it.

To prevent the ad server requests from going anywhere.

#26 Edited by SamStrife (1282 posts) -

Google Hangouts dude. It's has better quality, is easier to use, more features and can even be used in browser (with a Chrome plug in). Oh and there's no pay wall bullshit, you can get a load of people all on camera and it does a great job of handling all that.

It's leagues better than Skype. Use it and you won't look back.

#27 Posted by erhard (388 posts) -

I use a three year old version of Skype so I have no ads and a simple and functional chat program.

#28 Edited by Bollard (5248 posts) -

@ramone said:

Are we doing this duder? Are we moving off Skype once and for all?

Maybe. I'mma start looking up how to set up a Mumble or something. Something which makes recording easier too would be dope.

@samstrife said:

Google Hangouts dude. It's has better quality, is easier to use, more features and can even be used in browser (with a Chrome plug in). Oh and there's no pay wall bullshit, you can get a load of people all on camera and it does a great job of handling all that.

It's leagues better than Skype. Use it and you won't look back.

Are hangouts really that good? Do I need to use my silly Google+ account? And do they provide any sort of recording ability (in 192kbs or higher)? If you could answer those I'd be grateful, thanks duder!

@hamst3r said:

@peasantabuse: @chavtheworld: What version of Skype is that?

Also this might be of use:

Open the hosts file in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\.

and add: 127.0.0.1 rad.msn.com to it.

To prevent the ad server requests from going anywhere.

Well, you didn't lie!

Not sure if better though haha. Cheers for the advice.

EDIT: Oh, and I forgot to say, it's 6.10 something. Windows 7. Also I presume you've listened to the newest Bombcast @hamst3r? There's some serious remix potential there I believe... ;)

EDITEDIT: I clicked the blank bit a bunch, and the adverts came back ahah.