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Old 01-06-2010, 05:19 PM   #1
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Lightbulb New Steam Chat features

I love Steam, and I love the ability to pull up the in-game overlay screen and continue to chat with my friends while playing games. However, it becomes a pain when I am chatting with my friends over AIM or Yahoo and then want to play a game.

If I am talking over Skype, I can just launch the game while Skype is running and continue talking. But I cannot chat with my AIM/Yahoo buddies.

To help make Steam chat better, I think that several features should be added to the Steam chat system.

1. Multi-Protocol IM Support - Steam Chat should support some of the most popular IM protocols (AIM, Yahoo, Google Talk, MSN, MySpace, Facebook, etc.) so gamers can chat with their non-Steam buddies while playing games in Steam.

2. Skype Support - Steam Chat should also support Skype in-game (or the Steam overlay should add a Skype app) so gamers can talk or IM with their friends over Skype in-game. This will free up processor cycles and alleviates RAM usage by allowing users to quit Skype outside of the built-in Steam application.

3. TABS in Chat - Gamers will be able to clean up their desktop by grouping all of their Steam chats (even the multi-protocol and Skype chats) into one window, with each chat (either text, voice, or both) having its own dedicated tab. This will also clean up the in-game Steam overlay when chatting with friends.

So, what are your opinions on their additions? Do you have any ideas of your own for Steam Chat features? Post 'em here!
 
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Old 09-25-2010, 01:35 PM   #2
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I agree with this 100%, sorry know this post is old and i am surprised it has been ignored for so long. I think steam should be made to be more modular, then i would appreciate the overlay that much more.
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Old 09-25-2010, 02:17 PM   #3
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This isn't going to happen. Those protocols are proprietary.

The Steam chat protocol could be made an open standard so other apps like pidgin can support it. That way people can talk to you on Steam. Or just tell them to install Steam as that will work too.
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Old 09-25-2010, 05:23 PM   #4
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This isn't going to happen. Those protocols are proprietary.
Then how'd Pidgin do it?
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Old 09-26-2010, 10:23 AM   #5
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Then how'd Pidgin do it?
Years of development for a start. It's a hack and doesn't work 100%. I'm guessing they have to reverse engineer the proprietary protocols or software. Plus it's open source so I'm sure that helps. For Valve to support these other protocols it would require a significant amount of time and resources. That's assuming they actually want to do this. I just can't see it happening.
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Old 06-19-2011, 12:38 AM   #6
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Dude, Pidgin uses libpurple which is open source and provides native connectivity to AIM, XMPP, IRC, and a whole host of other common instant messaging protocols. It wouldn't take a "significant amount of time and resources" it would take an afternoon.

Instant messaging support beyond the Steam protocol would be outstanding, and it's a feature that a lot of people would value. The only protocol there would be trouble with is Skype, and that's probably the least likely one to be used (AIM, XMPP(google talk), and IRC are far more common for instant messaging)

Do some research before you pan people's ideas, man.
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Old 06-19-2011, 01:33 AM   #7
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@Mr. Duck
Dude, Pidgin uses libpurple which is open source and provides native connectivity to AIM, XMPP, IRC, and a whole host of other common instant messaging protocols. It wouldn't take a "significant amount of time and resources" it would take an afternoon.

Instant messaging support beyond the Steam protocol would be outstanding, and it's a feature that a lot of people would value. The only protocol there would be trouble with is Skype, and that's probably the least likely one to be used (AIM, XMPP(google talk), and IRC are far more common for instant messaging)

Do some research before you pan people's ideas, man.
Did you really just revive a year old thread to flame someone? Wow.

Since it's revived anyway, I might as well post something that's actually useful to the thread.

These ideas are still great, while Tabs have already been introduced. A multi-protocol steam chat would be amazing.
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Old 06-19-2011, 01:38 AM   #8
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You can do that stuff already in steam overlay. Theres a little link in the top right corner of the steam overlay that says web site. They wont to do this because your already able to do things as you would in a normal browser.

look:
http://i879.photobucket.com/albums/a...6-19_00004.jpg facebook
http://i879.photobucket.com/albums/a...6-19_00005.jpg google

even though the steam overlay screenshots of the steam overlay are really small for some reason I think you get the point.
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Old 06-19-2011, 02:49 AM   #9
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Steam Voice has also been updated to use the SILK codec, which is the same as Skype.

Native support for multiple messaging protocols is the only thing left on the list that hasn't been integrated yet. While this can be accomplished through the web browser, some would rather not go through that extra step.
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:53 AM   #10
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Well, this was a nice post to pull out of the grave
/sarcasm

Frankly, the tabs would be nicer than 10003024235t4 chat windows open
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Old 01-18-2014, 01:25 PM   #11
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I agree 100%
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