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How can I keep two racing players synchronised?

I am working on a Unity mobile game, much like a multiplayer version of Temple Run. I'm seeing a fluctuating network latency (generally 200-500ms) because of the mobile platform. The two player ...
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How long does it take for OpenGL to actually update the screen?

I have a simple OpenGL test app in C which draws different things in response to key input. (Mesa 8.0.4, tried with Mesa-EGL and with GLFW, Ubuntu 12.04LTS on a PC with NVIDIA GTX650). The draws are ...
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Lockstep dealing with lag

I understand how properly connected clients in a lockstep model deal with lag but what about the lagger? How does the lagger know that he or she is lagging? Should I continuously ping the central ...
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Triple buffering and jittering

John Carmack has a tweet: "Triple buffering adds latency and jitter; it should be avoided. The Answer is non-isochronous display updates." Can anyone explain what he meant by adds latency and jitter?...
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Which game logic should run when doing prediction for PNP state updates

We are writing a multiplayer game, where each game client (player) is responsible for sending state updates regarding its "owned" objects to other players. Each message that arrives to other (remote) ...
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How to achieve smooth gameplay in a physics based multiplayer game? (2d)

I'm using cocos2d 2.0 and Gamekit for networking. I've got a server/client model. It works over wifi (local) and bluetooth. (Xcode 4.3, Objective C) Basically, there's a ball and 2 or more players. ...
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How to properly do weapon cool-down reload timer in multi-player laggy environment?

I want to handle weapon cool-down timers in a fair and predictable way on both client on server. Situation: Multiple clients connected to server, which is doing hit detection / physics Clients ...
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XNA: Networking gone totally out of sync

I'm creating a multiplayer interface for a game in 2D some of my friends made, and I'm stuck with a huge latency or sync problem. I started by adapting my game to the msdn xna network tutorial and ...
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Network latency compensation problem for laggy players with collision

Say there are two clients connected to an authoritative game server, using input + state synchronization strategy. Client 1’s has a round-trip latency of 100ms and client 2 with 400ms latency. For now ...
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Real-time UDP multiplayer games: ping measurement?

In real-time multiplayer games that use UDP for the actual game (CS:S, UT, etc.), how is network latency (ping) measured? More specifically, how do you find out how long ago a UDP packet was sent? ...
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RTS Lockstep: How to deal with high latency and packet drops?

In the lockstep RTS model, I understand how games can be made deterministic by sending across commands to run at designated frames in the future. Then, to keep everyone in sync, confirmations are sent ...
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Does the Windows Raw Input API provide lower latency input than WM_MOUSEMOVE?

I've read up a lot about the Raw Input API and so far could only tell that it bypasses os filters like mouse acceleration. However what i am looking for is a way to reduce input latency on mouse ...
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How to handle player input in online game with ping jitter?

I'm currently working on an online game and basing my networking architecture around this Source Multiplayer Networking article. However, I'm a little stuck on how the user input works. The article ...
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How to measure packet latency?

In the context of lag compensation, one needs to know when the command is instantiated on the client (this can be named as "command execution time" as well). AFAIK, there can be 2 methods for this: ...
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Client-side prediction and interpolation

Although my game uses a peer-to-peer model, I've still taken the approach of assigning each player to be a partial authority. What I mean by this is that each player acts as the "server" for a number ...
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Hide network latency for ingame dialog

I have a tick-based Multiplayer-RTS game: Client sends action to server at Frame n which will be broadcasted to all clients and executed at Frame n+x (x depends on network latency of slowest player) ...
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Entity Interpolation (Lost Packets?)

I'm working on a networked game for a while. I'm aware of client-side prediction and lag compensation (shooting) but I'm not sure about entity interpolation client-side. I'm sending update/sync ...
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How much latency can I expect from Apple Game Center connections?

I would need a few bytes of data roughly every 0.1 seconds between players to have a smooth multiplayer snake game on iOS. Is the iOS Game Center fast enough for this? What latency values can I ...
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How to perform game object smoothing in multiplayer games

We're developing an infrastructure to support multiplayer games for our game engine. In simple terms, each client (player) engine sends some pieces of data regarding the relevant game objects at a ...
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In lockstep networking game, how to handle sudden lags and disconnection?

I am trying to implement a game similar to "Street Fighter" by using lockstep networking model so that two players can play remotely via Internet. I have read a lot of articles about lockstep ...
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Is Update(GameTime) called before it's finished?

Code at the beginning of Update(GameTime) is being called over and over again, and code at the end of Update(GameTime) is only being called after a delay. Is Update(GameTime) called again before it's ...
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The tolareable lag range in a multiplayer game

I am programming a multiplayer game. I calculate the ping in ms as : ping = the_time_i_recieved_pong - the_time_i_sent_ping I implemented client-side prediction and interpolation algorithms. When I ...
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How can I simulate the effects of network latency to test my lag compensation?

I am trying to observe the effects of lag compensation in my game by increasing my ping to 200+, adding loss, and by the limiting bandwidth to simulate wide area network delays using Network Emulator ...
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Handling latency in realtime music/rhythm-based games

Suppose I am making a co-operative multiplayer music-based rhythm game -- two players, side by side, move their cursor/avatar left and right with their mouse and attempt to hit or dodge obstacles that ...
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Handling Latency in Multiplayer Shoot-em-ups

I had an idea for an architecture, and I was wondering if anyone has implemented something like this or has used AWS or some other service to help? I thought about using NodeJS + SocketIO to handle ...
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Acceptable latency for keyboard input

What is the acceptable latency for keyboard input? acceptable here means that a person doesn't notice the lag even subconsciously? For me the responsiveness of the interface is critical for a good ...
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Fix latency when sending state

I have a multiplayer game done with Phaser, which runs in the browser and on a node.js server. The server is authoritative, every 50ms or so it sends the game state object to all clients. The clients ...