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In Game Chat Coming Soon

Sleuth Admin
Sleuth Admin

I'm going to try to do a better job of keeping you all informed about upcoming changes, and new features we're working on. With that said...

A feature that I'm very excited about is an in-game chat system that allows you to see and interact with other players who are in the same location as you while you're playing the game.

So, if you walk into the Tricky Mister, you could see that there are five other detectives already in there and be alerted when people enter or leave the room, or when they start talking with the bartender or beat cop. You'll be able to say things out loud to everyone in the bar, and look at an abbreviated detective view without leaving the Case screen.

The immediate goals here are to:

a) Foster more communication between a wider range of players, including folks who aren't interested in the Message Boards or starting up conversations via Sleuth Mail.

b) Give the game a greater sense of place and space.

In the future, I see this giving more punch to upcoming features such as Visitable Agency Headquarters and Player Owned Houses, and some even cooler uses that I'll let you guess at.

I realize that live chat isn't everybody's cup of tea, and that no amount of moderation can keep jerks from being jerky. So, with that in mind, I am planning on taking the following precautions:

* We'll have an easy ignore button similar to Sleuth Mail that allows you to permanently block all messages from anybody who is bugging you.

* Moderators will have the discretion to ban users from chat on-site. We'll probably have the first ban be for 1 day, the second for a week and the 3rd will just be permanent. An alternative to doing this through moderators may be to have some kind of auto-ban if you get ignored by a certain number of users in a certain period of time.

* There will be a swear filter, for what it's worth.

* The whole chat mechanism is going to be tucked down at the bottom and easy to ignore. You'll be able to maximize it while chatting, but in the default view, it's just going to be a small area where

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I am reformed
I am reformed

Works for me. I went in to see the tailor and there were 2 others there. I said hello and nobody responded, but it alerted me when they left. Nice.

Solva Case
Solva Case

Well my game exp. has been very choppy since the in game chat and on my screen when I'm on a case, a screen will flash for a half sec and says something like download falsh 8 or flash player 8, cant really tell but I think this is the reason for my choppy and jumppy play, can anyone help?

Sinthu
Sinthu

I still don't see anyone replying or even alerting me. How exactly is this chatting thing working? how come some can see it and some can't?

Isaac Mendez
Isaac Mendez

Well no one is actually chatting indeed Barmaid! Maybe because there are to many chat rooms now. May i suggest only 1 chat room accessible though a button at the bartender or maybe a totally new 'central place', for detectives to go to during a case when they need help.

Peach_Detects
Peach_Detects

I like seeing people come and go and maybe the chatting will catch on in time...

Detective O.J.G
Detective O.J.G

Awesome job ben

Sleuth Admin
Sleuth Admin

As I said, there are some gameplay ideas I have for this. I do want to make sure it's not affecting people's game performance negatively though.

Are a lot of people having the same experience as Solva Case? If you are somebody who had good/acceptable game performance before this update and are now having slower/choppier performance, please let me know:

1) The type of computer/OS you are using (i.e. Windows/Mac)
2) The type / version of browser you are using (i.e. IE, Firefox, etc)
3) Whether you you think you might be connecting behind a corporate or home firewall.

Thanks.

Detective Joseph Chen
Detective Joseph Chen

Hi Ben,

I'm using:
1) Windows XP Professional Version 2002 Service Pack 2
2) Firefox 3.0.15
3) Corporate Firewall

Detective Joseph Chen
Detective Joseph Chen

opps, i forgot to mention, that the game looks and feels the same for me, it didn't became slow or anything. ^_^

Peach_Detects
Peach_Detects

I'm on Mac OS (latest OS)
Firefox
Home- Cable provider

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