Places To Chat
There are a number of ways you can chat with other MTA players. Whether you want to discuss your gaming techniques, arrange clan matches, or even join a clan, there's always somewhere to go. Of course you can chat with some people whilst playing via the ingame chat. But there are many places where a large proportion of the MTA community often visit. Some of these are described below.
The first place you are likely to come across is the official MTA Community Forums. These are found at http://forum.mtasa.com. You are free to browse around and read what other people have to say, but to put your own point of view across and start your own discussions, you will have to Register at the forums. This is free and can be done by clicking the Register link at the top of the page.
The forums are split up into a number of categories and sub-forums. These organise all the topics, and you should make sure that before you start your own topic, you are in the right forum. Also, before making any posts, be sure to read the rules at http://mtasa.com/forum.php
IRC (Internet Relay Chat)
For an instant response to whatever you have to say, the best place is IRC. IRC is a chat network similar to any other chat rooms you find on the internet. The best Windows client for IRC is mIRC, which you can find here. Download, install, configure the settings and you are ready to go.
The connection information you need is:
Server - irc.multitheftauto.com
Port - 6667
Once you have connected and received the MOTD (message of the day), to join the MTA discussion, type /join #mta This takes you into the MTA channel, which you would know as a room in other chat networks. Make sure you read the mIRC help files if you are unsure. For more specific help for the server commands, go to the window you first had when connecting, and type /helpop for a list of help categories.
These aren't all the places/ways of talking with other members of the MTA community. There are many many more forums than the official MTA one, for example GTAForums which is the most popular unofficial GTA community forum. Although not just MTA discussion, online play is a popular topic of discussion.
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