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Gaming-focused Tools

Software is versatile, and doesn’t have to simply cater to one demographic. That being said, there is oftentimes software that has a focus on a target demographic but can also cater to others not interested. Take software such as Discord: It’s a voice and video over IP application that focuses on gaming, but can still be used by others for non-gaming users. Gaming-focused software can set itself apart with high performance and a more “hardcore” aesthetic.

  1. Discord icon
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    • Online
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    • Epic Games Store
    • Electron / Atom Shell
    • FreeBSD
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    149 alternatives to Discord 

    Whether you’re part of a school club, a gaming group, a worldwide art community, or just a handful of friends that want to spend time together, Discord makes it easy to talk every day and hang out more often.

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    1.  VoiP CallsDiscord allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    2.  Ad-freeDiscord doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  Screen SharingYou can use Discord to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    4.  Text to SpeechDiscord allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
    5.  LightweightDiscord consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    6.  Two-factor AuthenticationDiscord supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
    7.  Dark ModeDiscord supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    Discord Desktop Client Dark Mode
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  2. Mumble icon
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    • Self-Hosted
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    45 alternatives to Mumble 

    Mumble was the first and is the most successful and wide spread free and open source software for VoIP. It was the first VoIP software to provide low-latency audio suitable for gaming, and at the same time was a pioneer in high audio quality at the same time.

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    1.  LightweightMumble consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Ad-freeMumble doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  PortableMumble can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Mumble 1.2.3 Release Candidate – some users in different channels
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  3. A powerful overclocking tool for your graphics card, which also includes screen capture and video capture tools, plus overlays. Has a lower FPS hit than Fraps, and offers the same functionality. The beta versions include audio streams alongside the video capture.

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  4. SteamOS icon

    SteamOS is a Debian based Linux distribution designed to run Valve's Steam and Steam games. It also provides a desktop mode (https://alternativeto.

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    1.  Rolling ReleaseSteamOS supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
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  5. A Vulkan and OpenGL overlay for monitoring FPS, temperatures, CPU/GPU load and more. Discord: https://discordapp.com/invite/Gj5YmBb - flightlessmango/MangoHud

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  6. Guilded icon
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    100 alternatives to Guilded 

    An advanced gaming chat platform competitor to Discord with features like calendars, advanced voice chat, and forums to better manage and grow your gaming communities.

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    1.  Calendar IntegrationGuilded lets you sync your tasks and events with your calendar application.
    2.  VoiP CallsGuilded allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    Chat for gaming communities
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  7. TouchPortal icon
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    • Android Tablet
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    14 alternatives to TouchPortal 

    Touch Portal is a companion app to control a PC or a Mac by using a deck of buttons to improve the workflow & productivity of game streamers, content creators and professionals.

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsTouchPortal can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    2.  Support for scriptingTouchPortal supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    3.  LightweightTouchPortal consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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  8. Lakka icon
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    21 alternatives to Lakka 

    Lakka is the official Linux distribution of RetroArch and the libretro ecosystem. Each game system is implemented as a libretro core, while the frontend RetroArch takes care of inputs and display.

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  9. SparkyLinux is a Debian-based Linux distribution which provides ready to use, out of the box operating system with a set of slightly customized lightweight desktops.

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    1.  Rolling ReleaseSparkyLinux supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
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  10. MATRIC icon
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    11 alternatives to MATRIC 

    Control PC applications via smarthone/tablet. Especially suitable for space/flightsims. OBS Studio integration. Supports Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

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    1.  WYSIWYG SupportMATRIC integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
    MATRIC editor
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  11. ChimeraOS (formerly GamerOS) is an operating system that provides an out of the box couch gaming experience. After installation, boot directly into Steam Big Picture and start playing your favorite games.

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  12. Ubuntu GamePack is an operating system based on Ubuntu, which will provide a guaranteed start in more than than 22 381 games and applications for MS Windows and MS-DOS, and original, designed specifically for GNU/Linux platform.

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  13. DreamTeam is a web platform for players who want to build grow and manage their teams. Using this website you can build a team, find good teammates, managers or coaches, manage and analyze team data and become a pro player.

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  14. Ultimate Edition, first released in December 2006, is a fork of Ubuntu and Linux Mint , meant for gamers and low resource computers.

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  15. All-in-one streaming software with an amazing community, 24 hour support team, and 50% less CPU than OBS. Stop streaming like it's 1998, download it now!

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    Discontinued

    As of October 17th, 2018, Bebo has dropped support for streaming and is focusing on a tournaments based project instead.

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