Mumble's bleeding next version (1.2) is going to have all kinds of nice features such as
- Channel passwords
- User comments
- Better codec (CELT) and codec rates up to 128k
- Temporary channels
- More user-friendly menus
- Overlay (shows who are talking) which is an old feature
- Skins, an old feature too
- I can also implement channel creation over the website
- In the future, it might have video streaming. Now think if your NS looked like this!
In the current situation, a person who wants to play NS competitively will need to install like two packages of Ventrilo, maybe mumble and TS. Also versions need to changed between servers which breaks passwords. Having played some other multiplayer games, all these extra gimmicks may well be enough to put off new players.
In my opinion, anything we could do to have less steps to start playing competitively, should be encouraged. So it might be a good idea to unify all NS-related voicecom servers. A free program would be a lot better than a commercial one. Also Vent 2.1 is not developed anymore, which means, that people who have some audio problems (I know atleast some) with it, cannot expect to get a fix. It still works well but the current version maze is counter-productive, besides single voice come server would help people to find players for a mix or clan more easily.
The bleeding edge mumble (download) is currently installed on our server at ensl.org:65000
What do you think about the idea?