xat (website: http://xat.com/) is a Flash chatbox that is bulkier, yet offers boundless more features over Chatango which include (but are not limited to):
- More control and customization -- four different user levels (guests, members, moderators and owners) much like the forum
- YouTube player where members can add and share videos amongst each other with no hassles. Broadcasting allows several people to watch a video together in real-time; perfect for movies/episodes/etc.
- Doodle applet for members to draw in collaboration and export their masterpieces as file or to Photobucket (either with all members in the chat or in private with someone!)
- Translator widget offers instant translations as chat messages. It supports 40 languages, but you know how online translators are .. still quite funny, though!
- Multiplayer minigames that include chess, smiley shooter, pool, and connect four.
- Mini stick figure animation studio!
- Myriads of animated smilies to use in chat as well as sound clips (don't worry, you can turn off sound)
- Ability to private chat with certain users organized in separate tabs.
- Friend lists, ignore system, ability to register xat IDs to prevent identity theft and loss of settings.
- Kicking/banning either permanently or for an inputted amount of time. Spammer protection and stricter ban modes. Option to make an 'approved members only' chat
- Changeable chat backgrounds (admin only) and scroller announcements much like the Chatango headers.
- Tabbed browsing at the bottom of the group page with quick access to the NU.net forums and YouTube (I can add more sites if requested) without having to leave the xat! All is kept in one browser tab.
If you wish to try this out yourself (I strongly recommend you do) the group page is here:
I ask that only registered users on the forums enter, but you can bring friends if you know of any. Regular shoutbox rules apply to the xat as well.
It's pretty easy to figure out and you'll know everything in a day or two if you don't already. If this is liked I will remove the Chatango box and embed this one instead (embedding xats only includes the core chat box and not all of the extra bells and whistles, but those can be accessed through the group page at any time.)
If you are having trouble finding your way around you can consult the User Guide on xat's wiki.
Warning: If you are banned on the forums you will not be allowed to remain in the xat. If you are not caught initially, you will be eventually. Enter at your own peril.