The facts are...
A live chat
held at intervals by game developer
s that attempts to get feedback from the community. This usually envolves the use of an IRC
channel or if a game involves a more dumbed-down crowd
, a proprietary chat interface.
And my opinion...
This is a terrible idea
, as it usually ends up as a total mess
. Unfortunately, it seems as if the most noisy people playing a game also happen to be the biggest idiots. I'd say maybe 1 out of every 10 questions in these so-called chats are actually useful, even when the chats are moderated
. Usually an on-going, fascist-operated IRC channel
seems to do a better job than announcing some huge, everyone come on down to the devchat thing.