If anyone here has done a lot of online gaming they should be familiar with what IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is. Basically, what it allows for is simple, quick paced communication for community members in an unobtrusive package, i.e. you can leave your client alone while you are not in-game/afk while retaining superior text communication as opposed to TS's chat device (the service is designed for voice chat, i.e. the GUI sucks, just my opinion). One can "idle" while they have other tasks at hand and still retain contact. Creating a server channel is a very easy process, and good stand alone clients as well as web-apps are available for free use on all major OS's (Linux, Mac, Windows etc.) What do people think? I personally would like an alternative to TS3 (I have my reasons ) for outside of game chat.