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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 3:08 pm    Post subject: Notice regarding removal of voice chat feature Reply with quote

In December 2009, IMVU made Voice Chat feature available within its 3D chat client so our members could talk with each other in their real voice or using some fun voice effects. The Voice Chat feature has been available in private chats only after its removal from public rooms a few months ago.

In a few weeks, we will be removing Voice feature completely from all versions of the IMVU 3D chat client. The reason for this change is extremely low usage of the feature with less than 3% of the IMVU community members using the voice chat option. The removal was also prompted by concerns from our community related to safety of this feature since voice chats could not be reported through our routine process.

We know that some of our users have purchased voice effects (fonts) from our virtual catalog in order to use the voice chat option. We will be identifying all such purchases and refunding the credits automatically. The refunded credits will be reflected in the credit balance logs. Such refunds will be processed when the voice feature is removed.

Today we have removed access to the voice effects store in the 3D client (Voice mode) in preparation for this change. IMVU members will not be able to purchase any voice effects going forward. Users can continue to use voice chat and any effects they already own till further notice.

We want to express our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused by this change. We will continue to make the IMVU experience enjoyable in the upcoming weeks and months by focusing on improving our existing features and adding new ones!

Thank you.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember first when i found out that voice was, I had bad time getting used to it, being a shy person and all that, it was awful to litsen to the voices of people you might never meet in real life yelling something that i would prefer not to hear. i think it was good thing that you got rid of it in the public rooms and i think it causes less lag than already if you remove it all together.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually don't mind this feature being removed either. If I want to talk to my friends while we're RPing on IMVU we just log into Skype and leave both running at the same time. It's free and easier to use, plus better audio.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll admit - I really enjoyed using the voice chat feature - heck of a lot cheaper than calling my friends overseas! I'm a little sad to see it go, but I completely understand. Too bad a few sour pills spoiled it for the rest of us though!! Razz
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 5:53 pm    Post subject: Voice Chat Light Years Ahead of Texting please keep it. Reply with quote

I really like the voice chat. Its so great not to have to type. Conversation is instent and you can say so much more through speach. Shame one of the best of all things is going to be removed. All the wonderful chats I have had with people from all over the world it is amazing! I would pay to keep voice chat open in privite conversations rather than in public rooms. I understand that was a bit of a mess. Though just like using the phone if you dont like the way the conversation is going just hang up. Having a nice talk with your best friends in voice chat is one of the greatest things. I have been teaching people how to develop a little by giving voice instuctions. Where otherwise it would be nearly impossible to do by texting. So many people hide behind text chat and don't bring fourth whom they are. It doesnt matter what you sound like to me, we are all human beings and it's great to hear, yes hear from you. It's such a silent really lonely thing to type for conversation. Often I compeared it to reading a book. Removing voice chat again is another step backwords. People complain about lagging, well it's really not imvu that is. Imvu is a well put together program that doesnt leak kbs, yes a good program. Not perfect but hey you tell me what is? All together voice chat is light years ahead of typing, omg I am very sad that this is planning on not being able to use any longer. Besides talking I have played music to my friends, sung and that made things so much more specail to all of us. My deepest plea is that this voice chat remain to use for all the good people that can hold a conversation as an adult.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MsSchylla wrote:
I'll admit - I really enjoyed using the voice chat feature - heck of a lot cheaper than calling my friends overseas! I'm a little sad to see it go, but I completely understand. Too bad a few sour pills spoiled it for the rest of us though!! Razz


Have your friends and yourself register a skype account. It's free if you talk from computer to computer and it works anywhere in the world. I usually have skype running while I'm on IMVU so those I am RPing with can talk to me directly as we play.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't be surprised if all this removal of audio is merely a preparation for future streaming audio advertisements in the chat client. I simply can't wait for all the pimple cream and tampon commercials while I'm hanging out at my beach house.......
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MrkyMrk64 wrote:
Don't be surprised if all this removal of audio is merely a preparation for future streaming audio advertisements in the chat client. I simply can't wait for all the pimple cream and tampon commercials while I'm hanging out at my beach house.......


God, I hope not...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flop.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We want to express our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused by this change. We will continue to make the IMVU experience enjoyable in the upcoming weeks and months by focusing on improving our existing features and adding new ones!

especially the last part scares me, no more adding new stuff Sad

and there are a lot of other programs that have voicechat, imvu didnt need it at the first place. Hope it will cause less lag as well with the removal of this feature.. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hallelujah!! Finally IMVU started listening to your community again..welcome come back staffers...and glad you noticed about this VOICE CHAT concern since it was so unnecessary feature in the first place. Thank you for looking out for this one and on planning to removing it. Grazie! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Realente I like the voice chat.
But there is something missing in the public room and a typeface that in writing the nick who speak clearly see to whom you write
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 2:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was using this feature now and then but not enough to miss it.Like IamCountDracula said,there is skype for voice chat.Even video chat.If not skype,there is still dozen of other messengers for such thing that are free and available all over the world.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 5:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And all of which operate far better than the one IMVU had.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 6:06 am    Post subject: I do not like this idea Reply with quote

I do not like the idea of this being removed. It lowers the quality of IMVU and makes it less enjoyable. I love using voice chat in private rooms. It comes in handy when i have to talk to someone about something that is just simply to much to type. Maybe the feature should be disabled by default and if someone uses it like me and a bunch of other friends we can just go and enable it. I can understand the removal of Voice chat in public rooms. But complete removal is to much. I hope this has put some concern into the change.
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