Widgets and Community: An Interview with PlayXpert CEO Charles Manning

We've Got Tools...and Opposable Thumbs

In the eyes of many in the massively multiplayer online gaming generation, the next step in communication is the thorough integration of community building tools into the world of MMOGs. While many technical hurdles exist before players will be able to fully immerse themselves in this sort of environment, the gaming community is finally beginning to receive the tools they need. For example, PlayXpert and Vivox recently announced that they would be bundling their services together to form one easy-to-use game overlay system, taking another step forward in the search for the perfect community toolset. Ten Ton Hammer's Garrett Fuller talked with Charles F. Manning, CEO of PlayXpert, to learn about PlayXpert and what sort of options are now available to players.

PlayXpert's capabilities are limited only by users' creativity in the widgets that we make and in what the community can come up with! PlayXpert helps players communicate via text chat with all of their existing chat communities (Xfire, Yahoo, MSN, Google, AIM), via voice chat with our out-of-the-box Vivox widget and our other voice widgets we provide for TeamSpeak and Ventrillo, via our community management tools. And finally, we have a variety of quest research tool widgets like Wikia and Wowhead which lets users collaborate on questing, lore, and other key elements of the MMO worlds of their choice.

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