Syp of Bio Break wrote recently about the de facto pressure these-days summarised as “You have a guild, you must have a Discord.” I’ve observed this myself, when looking through the guild adverts in games there’s often a requirement that new guildmates join the community / voicechat platform. Discord is the current favourite, but there’s been others such as Teamspeak.
I mused earlier in the year over Discord-overload, it’s a problem for me that I just have so many potential channels to read through that I end up closing the program. I already have enough trouble keeping up with Guild chat if I’m in a dungeon or involved in a long quest chain, non-player characters tend to talk to you in MMOs nowadays so having random people chatting away about Netflix series or guild drama would negatively impact my enjoyment of the game. At least as text in a channel I can dip in and out, but in some games I have to even turn that off as you end up with an avalanche of text flowing past your screen.
If I’m in game, then I’m happy to be friendly and chat with guild mates or other gaming contacts. But I tend to keep the guilds I’ve joined at arms length from real life, gaming is an escape for me after all. So I’m reluctant to join a Facebook page for a guild, in that sense having a Discord server is an advantage I suppose as it’s easier to be known by just a gamer handle on that platform versus the hoops it takes to create a ‘fake’ FB profile. I don’t want the game, or community, nagging me to log on for raids or other scheduled stuff. I’ve always been bemused by reading of Eve Online large guild play, of players being summoned to join fleet operations by a fleet leader.
I go through phases of finding Facebook and Twitter more than I want to deal with. It’s a big problem with the information age, there’s just so much content being produced by so many people that how can any one individual possibly hope to keep up with a tiny fraction of it. I’m on Facebook because of family, and on Twitter because it suits me as an alternative means to keep track of my hobbies (MMORPGs and TTRPGs). Beyond that I’m happy to keep my platforms and channels within those platforms as limited as possible.