Discord is one of the most popular (if not the most popular) communication apps for gamers. It offers a huge amount of useful perks and options for gamers and is built to work in the background, as seamlessly as possible, with any game. Typically, Discord will recognize newly installed games and display them in the Library section in the Home tab. However, some games simply won’t be there and, on a wrong day, it can be beyond annoying, even if it isn’t a huge issue in the grand scheme of things.
First and foremost, Discord is a communication app. It is primarily aimed at gamers, but other communities have been known to use it. For instance, a lot of crypto (blockchain) startups turn to this chat app because it doesn’t have a limit on the number of users present per channel and because it is very easy to moderate, complete with bans and reports that work seamlessly.
That being said, Discord is mainly used by the gaming community. It’s a place to coordinate using private servers that come with voice-chat and text options, designed to work in the background while you’re playing your favorite game. Over the last few years, the popularity of Discord has skyrocketed, mainly owing to popular games such as PUBG and Minecraft. There is no easier way to communicate to an entire server than by using the Discord app.
What Discord essentially does is bringing the features of a message board, a chat lobby, and a VoIP chat into a single environment. It comes in both mobile and desktop versions.
Adding Games to the Discord Library
Each time you install a game, it will likely appear in the Library section. If you’re installing Discord for the first time, you can expect a list of all the installed games on your device to show up in the mentioned section. To get to the Library section, go to the Home tab in the upper-left corner of your Discord screen and click it. After that, click Library. In the main part of the screen, you’ll see a list of installed games. Use the items on this list to quickly run any game installed on your computer.
However, you may not be able to find a particular game in the Library, even if it has been legitimately installed. Discord doesn’t recognize certain older games, but it may simply not work with a game, even if it’s a recent release. Unfortunately, there is no way of adding it to the Library list. You can contact Discord’s technical support and see what they can do about it. Most likely, though, they won’t be able to help you with this, at least not in the short term.
Most Discord users, however, don’t use the Library option just for ease of access. Sure, it makes running the game easier and more straightforward, but simply putting the game’s icon in the taskbar is probably a simpler and more elegant solution. Having to run Steam individually and then running a game might be a little tedious, but it really isn’t that big of a nuisance.
So, why do gamers need their game on Discord? Well, if a game is in the Library and you run it from there, you’ll appear to other users as “playing [game name]”. That way, you get to connect with other people on large channels (for instance) and play together, discuss the game in question, and learn about new tips and tricks that you might not have known before. If the game isn’t in your Discord Library, however, the app won’t show your play status automatically.
Fortunately, there is a workaround here. Navigate to the cog icon (User Settings) towards the bottom-right corner of the Home screen. In the window that appears, go to the Game Activity tab. At the top of the Game Activity window, you’ll likely see “No game detected”. This is essentially the setting that tells other Discord users what you’re playing at the moment.
If a particular game isn’t in your Discord Library, chances are that it won’t appear here even when you run it. However, after running it, Alt + Tab the game and open the Discord window. In the Game Activity tab. You’ll see “Not seeing your game? Add it!” written. Click Add it and select it from the list. Now, Discord will show you as playing that particular game.
Although the Discord Library isn’t going to detect all games in existence, it usually works for the majority. Even if the game isn’t detectable, adding it to your “now playing” status is just a few clicks away.
What do you like the most about Discord and Discord Nitro? Do you use the Library frequently? Have you a need to add games to your “now playing” status? Discuss this and everything else Discord- and gaming-related in the comments section below.