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Looking for architectures to develop massive multiplayer game server [closed]

Hello all Where can I find architectures and examples of building massive multiplayer game server Does the does the concept of building it on top of libenevt is right ? or I need to think more on ...
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Implementing match-making & community system for multiplayer games

These days, games often have multiplayer portals with chat channels & match making system for the multiplayer aspects of the game. An example would be battle.net, magic the gathering online's ...
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Java game design question (graphical objects)

I'm beginner in game development, in Java and here on this site too and I have a game design question. Please comment my idea: I have a main loop which call update and draw method. I want to use an ...
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What should be contained in a game scene graph?

Would you help me to clarify, please, what what exactly should be contained within a game scene graph? See the following list, please: Game Actors? (obviously yes, all the objects changing state ...
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Scene Graph as Object Container?

Scene graph contains game nodes representing game objects. At a first glance, it might seem practical to use Scene Graph as physical container for in game objects, instead of std::vector<> for ...
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Dynamic Memory Allocation and Memory Management

In an average game, there are hundreds or maybe thousands of objects in the scene. Is it completely correct to allocate memory for all objects, including gun shots (bullets), dynamically via default ...
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How can I traverse a scene graph and hit only nodes in the view frustum?

Scene Graph seems to be the most effective way of representing the game world. The game world usually tends to be as large as the memory and device can handle. In contrast, the screen of the device ...
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Separating physics and game logic from UI code

I'm working on a simple block-based puzzle game. The game play consists pretty much of moving blocks around in the game area, so it's a trivial physics simulation. My implementation, however, is in ...
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Improving first person camera and implementing third person camera

I want to improve upon my first person camera implementation and extend it to, so the user can toggle between third person/first person view. My current setup: draw():: glPushMatrix(); ...
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How to implement a component based system for items in a web game

Reading several other questions and answers on using a component based system to define items I want to use one for the items and spells in a web game written in PHP. I'm just stuck on the ...
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How to apply Data Oriented Design with Object Oriented Programming?

I've read lots of articles about Data Oriented Design (DOD) and I understand it but I can't design an Object Oriented Programming (OOP) system with DOD in mind, I think my OOP education is blocking ...
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Creating Entity as an aggregation

I recently asked about how to separate entities from their behaviour and the main answer linked to this article: http://cowboyprogramming.com/2007/01/05/evolve-your-heirachy/ The ultimate concept ...
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Per-Frame Function Calls versus Event Driven Messaging in Game Design

The traditional game design, as I know it, uses polymorphism and virtual functions to update game objects states. In other words, the same set of virtual functions are called in regular(ex: per-frame) ...
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Is Test Driven Development viable in game development?

As being Scrum certified, I tend to prone for Agile methodologies while developping a system, and even use some canvas from the Scrum framework to manage my day-to-day work. Besides, I am wondering ...
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Event-driven Communication in a Game Engine: Yes or No?

I am reading Game Coding Complete and the author recommends Event Driven communication among game objects and modules. Basically, all living game actors should communicate with the key modules ...
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MVC (Model-View-Controller) Game Engine Architecture - Yes or No?

I am reading one great book, Game Coding Complete (http://www.amazon.com/Game-Coding-Complete-Third-McShaffry/dp/1584506806/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1295978774&sr=8-1), and that book strongly ...
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Android threads trouble wrapping my head around design

I am having trouble wrapping my head around game design. On the android platform, I have an activity and set its content view with a custom surface view. The custom surface view acts as my panel and I ...
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Implementing my Entity System. Questions about some problems I have found

Well during this week I have deciding about implementation of my entity system. It is a big topic so it has been difficult to take one option from the whole. This has been my decision: 1) I don't ...
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RPG Item processing

I started working on an item system for my (first) game, and I'm having a problem conceptualizing how it should work. Since Items can produce a bunch of potentially non-standard actions (revive a ...
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Entity system in Lua, communication with C++ and level editor. Need advice

I have a 2D basic editor written in Qt, and I'm in the process of adding entities. I want the editor to be able to receive RTTI information from entities to change properties, create some logic being ...
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“Time Control” in a 2d Platformer

I am making a 2d platformer where the player can press a button, and restart the level, only their previous character will also run the level at the same time, like they are traveling back in time. I ...
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Is it a good idea to simplify a character-driven game engine to the point where it's unnecessary to learn scripting/programming?

I remember, and I still think, that one cannot even make a prototyped 3D game to test just simple behaviors without using gigantic tools like unity or knowing extensive C++ programming, design ...
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Online architecture guide

I am a newbie in gamedev, and I don't know about programmer's problems that can appear during development. So can you advice me some best practice for starting build new online multi-player game ...
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Collision Systems Implementation

Just curious what might be a good way to implement a decent collision system. As a class inherited by a base Entity class? Currently I'm stuck and could just use a couple better ideas than my own. ...
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Using idle time in turn-based (RPG) games for updating

If you take any turn based RPG game there will be large periods of time when nothing is happening because the game is looping over 'wait_for_player_input'. Naturally it seems sensible to use this time ...
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Robust Architecture for Flash Games?

What's a good architecture for Flash games? I've read that MVC is great, with symbols just used purely for views (set states, use the class to manage which state/frame to show). I would presumably ...
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Architecture for Versioned Save Data

We're working on an iOS game that we plan on having several content updates for. It's a story type game with lots of little flags when things have been accomplished and such. There is also an ...
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Has Silverlight got a future in the online Game world? [closed]

We have spent several months planning, testing and developing a new game. We have been trialing a host of Platforms (Java Applet, Desktop Via XNA, Flash etc) and Silverlight was pretty much our ...
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Net code: What are your expected and max latency and packet loss targets?

When doing the net code for a video game what sort of latency targets and packet loss rates do you design around? To be more specific I have my net code working local network only at the moment. I ...
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Are there existing software frameworks for traditional “Roll dice and move pawn” boardgames?

I am looking for a library or framework for creating software versions Roll and Move board games -- games where the basic play centers around players rolling a dice and advancing a pawn along a path. ...
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How to control the list of items on the screen?

I am an experienced app developer (c#) however I am just looking at starting 2d game development. I have read some articles and understand the concept of the gaming loop controlling the application ...
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Calculating the output of two armies fighting

I am programming a strategic game using Flash. The game works very similar to the famous game "Travian". My problem is as follows: I am trying to make the calculation of the troops lost as a result ...
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Game architecture for someone with a background in LOB Apps

I've got a background that is almost entirely based around business applications - Web services, schedulers, desktop and web front-ends to CRM systems, etc... Now with almost all of the above ...
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Designing the Update system (read very basic game engine) for an XNA game

I am trying to determine the best way to implement the "update" system or engine for a simple XNA game. Description of situation I have a few classes, lets call them Player [will be an ...
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How to design a replay system

So how would I design a replay system? You may know it from certain games like Warcraft 3 or Starcraft where you can watch the game again after it has been played already. You end up with a ...
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Is semantic games a good idea?

I wish to address the low re-usability of game technology (at least provide a theoretical solution). I'm considering an approach using a semantic game format, effectively decoupling the story and ...
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Finite state machine in C++

So, I've read a lot about using FSMs to do game state management, things like what an FSM is, and using a stack or set of states for building one. I've gone through all that. But I'm stuck at writing ...
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Where can I learn 2D game architecture [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Good resources for learning about game architecture? I know that game architecture can vary greatly, especially with the type of game being built, but I know that there ...
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Multiplayer architecture in games like Diablo 2

So I've been wondering, what kind of architecture would games like world of warcraft, diablo 2 (which is most probably a different beast than WoW) use? As far as I know, RTS games state-syncs every ...
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What pattern is this, and should I do it?

I'm making a game in as3 using flash develop and flash cs5. Everything is object oriented. I was wondering, should I have one "gateway" class that has a property-reference to all instantiations of ...
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Do I, and how, separate the concerns of input and game objects?

In probably every game a developer has to somehow deal with input, may it be simple keyboard and mouse events, touch events or something as accelerometer input. This input directly of indirectly ...
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Should I store game settings in my game data class?

I'm working on a small-ish 2d fixed shoot 'em up for iPhone. I have a master Game object that stores lives, score, current level, etc... The game will have some other persistent attributes like ...
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Why is is so hard to develop a game console emulator?

I have always found emulators rather fascinating. I would seriously like to create an emulator for an older ganeration console or handheld. It would help me gain a greater appreciation of the hardware ...
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Alternatives to Singletons / globals

I've heard countless times about the pitfalls of Singletons / globals, and I understand why they're so often frowned upon. What I don't understand is what the elegant, non-messy alternative is. It ...
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Server-client communication: Quick and verbose or involved and compact?

TL;DR: Does the short development time required for HTTP/XML offset its size issues compared to developing a custom protocol? As some of you might have divined; I'm currently working on a turn-based ...
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noSQL - Is it a valid option for web based game? [closed]

Out of an opportunity and boredom, a friend and I decided to make a web based game. This is the first 'game' I will be making, since usually I program web apps in django. I've opted to use the same ...
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How to model multiple “uses” (e.g. weapon) for usable-inventory/object/items (e.g. katana) within a relational database

So I'm working on expanding the uses of items over at www.ninjawars.net, and I'm not exactly sure how to represent them flexibly in the relational database that we use. I may be barking up the wrong ...
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Managing multiple references of the same game entity in different places using IDs

I've seen great questions on similar topics, but none that addressed this particular method: Given that I have multiple collections of game entities in my [XNA Game Studio] game, with many entities ...
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Using “friend” classes in game development

Typically in C++ game development speed is valued over encapsulation, you therefore see a ton of publicly accessible class members which really shouldn't be public. I seem to find in most cases that ...
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In XNA, should I use the built-in game component classes?

I'm just getting started on an XNA game for Window Phone 7. For my Flash games I have my own framework that I was just going to port from AS3, but I have just found the built-in game component stuff ...