Trying to conduct a text chat over MSN the other day, I was struck by how antiquated it seemed. It seems to me that voice chat should be the norm these days, what with broadband being nearly ubiquitous, and with the option for video if your machine is capable. In fact, I've been thinking of setting up voice chat for Deb and I while playing City of Heroes, just because it saves us yelling up and down the stairs. With Skype running on both machines, we just need to open a call, start the game and talk into our mikes. From the viewpoint that we're still in the same house, it seems weird, but the internet doesn't care. It would be cleaner and more convenient than in-game text chat, too.
Mokalus of Borg
PS - Text chat should be there to support voice or video.
PPS - Some things are easier to convey in writing.