Roger Wilco is a great voice-chat application that can be obtained free-of-charge and used in conjunction with other programs that connect to the internet, like my favourite, multiplayer game Quake 2, to talk to people connected to the net. This free application allows you talk to your friends on the net. After you download and complete the registration process you run the program to open a ‘channel’ or ‘audio chat room’ on the internet over which you talk to as many or few of your friends as you like. This is quite a secure method of communication as once you start the program you get a unique IP address. Then you need to tell those you want to talk to the IP address to connect to. In order to pass on the IP address you need a text communication tool like ICQ. Otherwise, you could pass the IP address on using the text messaging part of the multiplayer games themselves. This is great fun when used in conjunction with online deathmatch games so it allows you talk to your opponent without fumbling for those ‘chat-bind’ keystrokes so you can concentrate on blasting him into the middle of next week. Team games are also greatly improved when you can simply talk to your teammates to organise strategies for running away or deciding who’s turn it is for buying the drinks in the pub for the team debriefing sessions.