Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2018 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, game streaming. discord nitro, discord
Discord, the popular online communications software have finally moved their game shopping and streaming service into beta. For a $10/month fee you gain access to quite a few games, ranging from the absurd, through old classics to relatively new releases. If there is a game you are looking for not covered under the subscription fee you may be able to find it for sale in their online store. If you are interested you can check it out for a month, or subscribe for a whole year to save a bit of cash. Cheers to [H]ard|OCP for spotting that this morning.
"Discord Nitro now includes a growing library of critically acclaimed games that we think you and your friends should play. Subscribing to Nitro now costs $9.99 a month. As of today, there's over 60 curated games for you to download and play at a total value of over $1000."
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Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2018 - 10:45 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: pc gaming, discord, Rust, mozilla, steam, GOG
Starting with a slowly-ramping group of ~50,000 Canadians, Discord has begun distributing PC games. Specifically, there will be two services for paying members of the Discord Nitro beta program: a store, where games can be purchased as normal, and a library of other games that are available with the (aforementioned) Discord Nitro subscription.
“It’s kinda like Netflix for games.”
When talking about subscription services for video games, I am typically hesitant. That said, the previous examples were, like, OnLive, where they planned on making games that ran exclusively on that platform. The concern is that, when those games disappear from the service, they could be gone from our society as a whole work of art. (Consoles and DRM also play into this topic.)
In this case, however, it looks like they are just getting into curated, off-the-shelf PC games. While GoG holds its own, it will be nice to see another contender to Steam in the Win32 (maybe Linux?) games market. (I say Win32 because of the developer certification requirements for Windows Store / UWP.)
Dead horse rant aside, Discord is doing games… including a subscription service. Yay.
One more aspect to this story!
Over the last five-or-so years, Mozilla has been talking about upgrading their browser to use a more safe, multi-theaded, functional, job system, via their home-grown programming language, Rust. Turns out: Discord used this language for a lot of the store (and surrounding SDKs). Specifically, the native code for the store, the game SDK (with C, C++, and C# bindings), and the multiplayer network layer are all in Rust. This should make it fast and secure, which were the two design goals for Rust in the first place.
It was intended for web browsers after all...