Virtual Meetings

A few online game services include video conferencing. For most online games, you will need some sort of virtual meeting. Here are a few common options:

Discord

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Site: discord.com
Cost: Free
Platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, & browser-based
Uses: Text, voice & video chat, screen sharing
Tutorial: Easy Discord Tutorial

Discord is a free chat and video meeting service. Anyone can join or create a “server.” Each server offers chat and video channels. Many “bot” services are available to enhance the discord experience, such as Rollem, a dice rolling bot.

Pros

  • Free!
  • Works on most devices
  • Simple basic functions: select a channel and then chat
  • No time limit video conferences host up to 25 users and supports screen & audio sharing
  • Advanced users can set up bots and permissions

Cons

  • Text and Voice channels are separate
  • No call-in numbers
  • Channel-specific invite-links are possible but make sure to change the invite so it doesn’t expire.
  • Mobile apps more difficult to navigate than browser or desktop apps
  • Need a dummy account to run 2 cameras.
  • Occasional video conference issues. Video quality limited unless you pay for “server boosts” ($).

Google Meet

Site: meet.google.com
Cost: Free
Platform: Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari
Uses: Voice & video chat, screen sharing
Tutorial: How to use Google Meet

Google Meet is a free meeting too available to anyone with a google account. Meeting links can be generated in advance through google calendar.

Pros

  • Free!
  • Works on most common browsers
  • Meeting links generated through Google Calendar
  • No time limit video conferences host up to 100 users and supports screen & audio sharing

Cons

  • While Google Hangouts has a built-in dice roller, Google Meet does not.
  • No call-in numbers

Zoom

Site: zoom.us
Cost: Free / $15 per month
Platform: Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, & browser-based
Uses: Voice & video chat, screen sharing
Tutorial: Zoom video tutorials

Zoom is a video conferencing tool which can generate meeting links in advance and allow other users to join for free.

Pros

  • Meeting links generated in advance using the app
  • Works on most devices
  • Call-in numbers

Cons

  • Meetings are limited to 40 minutes unless the meeting creator has a paid account. Using the free option for Zoom is not going work for U-Con events.

BlueJeans

Site: bluejeans
Cost: $13 per month
Platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, & browser-based
Uses: Voice & video chat, screen sharing
Tutorial: BlueJeans Training Tutorials

BlueJeans is a video conferencing system from Verizon which offers a 7-day trial. As with other services, users can generate meeting links in advance and allow others to join for free.

Pros

  • Meeting links generated in advance using the app
  • Works on most devices
  • Call-in numbers

Cons

  • Paid account required for creating meetings. Using the 7-day trial is not going to work for U-Con events.

Other

If none of those services work for you, here are a few others to try out. Be wary of costs, and ensure the application is secure enough to work for others.

Finally, make sure whatever service you use has reasonable privacy and security. See the Mozilla Foundation’s rating on many common apps.