MMO is an abbreviation for "massively multiplayer online," a kind of game that allows an extremely large number of concurrent players in a shared world.

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2d mmo open world connection and reconnection

I am trying to create an 2d html5 open word (the sprite does not have any fancy flare, just shapes around) with only maximum of 10 player at once. My question is how to create a seamless join for new ...
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Is there a way to make a dynamic world such as a MMORPG horizontally scalable?

Imagine a open-world of 500+ players with data changing as fast as 20 updates/player/second. Last time I worked in a similar MMORPG, it used SQL, so obvioulsy it couldn't query the DB all the time. ...
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How come the 3d graphics and animations of MMORPGs are usually worse than non-online 3d games? [closed]

I have noticed that in general it seems like the 3d graphics and animations for MMOs and MMORPGs seem not as seductive and polished as the graphics for normal, non-online 3d games. How come this is ...
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MMO - Boss Action Distribution

I was considering how MMO mechanics work and especially how NPC/mob decisions are calculated and distributed among players. Say for example that you have a team of 5 fighting a boss. The boss's ...
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How often do big MMORPG update the physics? [closed]

As far as I understand, most big games use fixed timestep to have a stable simulation. Regarding the game server, which "frame rate" do they impose? Or said it another way, what fixed timestep do ...
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How can I represent location in a massive world?

I've been thinking about No Man's Sky a lot recently and all the technical challenges they must face. For example, how on earth do you store a players location in a world that is so enormous? I ...
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Should I keep login server apart from game server?

I'm thinking of making a MMO server, and I've been looking at how other games structure their network. One of the things I've noticed is that there's always a Login server and then the game server(s). ...
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Why does editing the client's memory in some MMOs allow them to cheat?

Why editing the memory of the game client works? Why so many "Hack protection" tools coming with the clients? If I were to design a client-server game, everything would happen at the server (the ...
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P2P Online Gaming, it is viable? [closed]

I am working on a Peer to Peer based Online Gaming system. I plan on using it for running a decentralized MMORPG in which there are no central servers and traffic is routed evenly among each ...
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How do we attract more developers and other Volunteers to our Open Source MMO Emulation Project? [closed]

I am on a small development team that is tasked with completing the server side programming for an Open Source MMO project that has been in progress for about 5 years now. Approximately a year ago we ...
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Basic mmo client/server relationship. Is my approach correct? [closed]

Lately a friend and I have been thinking about making an mmo after we finish highschool and while I have more than some programming experience I have never before made anything like an mmo so two days ...
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Which is the better way to distribute server workload for MMO server?

I'm making a server for MMO in Unity, which implies that I'll have a big world, split into maps which will be on different servers (to distribute the workload), managed by one master server. Now I ...
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How do you prevent inflation in a virtual economy?

With your typical MMORPG, players can usually farm the world for raw materials essentially forever. Monsters/mineral veins/etc are usually on some sort of respawn timer, so other than time there ...
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Performance of programming languages and frameworks [closed]

I want to program an online 2D MMORPG with graphics like in this game. Since I develop in javascript and python mainly I chose python for my first games and the game library pygame which is pretty ...
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MMOFPS Choosing protocol for high-traffic network (UDP or TCP)? [closed]

my question about the player position sender protocol. In this article, he says "Never use TCP for networking a multiplayer game". Ok but UDP datas are not ordered. In this case, if somebody walking, ...
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What's the most recommended transmission format using websockets for a MMORPG? [closed]

(note: I'm not asking for the supported formats in the RFC, but the format I should develop to send/receive the messages, say, in the Application layer). (note 2: Please help me retagging this post ...
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Visual Programming tool for creating game quests

I've found a question for visual script editing software tool for creating game behavior logic, but I am looking for something more flexible. I would like to configure the tool to make it produce code ...
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How to implement server side auto attack?

I'm writing a basic MMORPG and im trying to implement auto attack. At client side I send an AutoAttackMessage to the server. Should I send this message every X ms to the server, or juste one time ...
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MMORPG design for time-limited players

I believe that there is a significant market of players who would enjoy the exploration and interaction aspects of MMORPGs, but simply don't have the time for the endless grinding marathons which are ...
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Server Side Speed Hack Detection Techniques

I have a client side speed hack detection that initiates a timer on both the client and server on connection. When the difference becomes too much the client gets detected as using speed hack. But I ...
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Need to boost the number of simultaneous players in single (existing) game with Unity3d

I have created a turn based multiplayer game (with Unity3d) in which three teams battle to finish constructing a cake before one another. The game mostly targets on entertaining kids at certain ...
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Level loading philosophy in MMO games

I've been working on project for quite a while, and I've returned to dilemma about level loading. The problem is i trust the client with it's local level loading, when it's done loading it tells the ...
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maps in a multiplayer diablo clone - unity3d

I'm messing around with unity3d free, trying to figure out if i can get away with using its readymade graphic engine. I have some problems figuring out how maps should be implemented/handled (the ...
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Scalable server for MMO [closed]

We are looking for the solution for game server for instantiating game instance on nodes. We tried to use this solution, but it has scalable problems, as you can see on diagram: Cause only 1 ...
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What has stopped MMORTS games from being successful? [closed]

We all know that there have been attempts to create commercially successful MMORTS games, but all have failed. By failed, I mean that they didn't get really popular in the gaming community. Why is ...
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Is this specific server architecture okay for a multiplayer game? [closed]

So I am making a game in Node.js / HTML5. And I am really struggling to determine what an effective server architecture looks like? Right now I have a server for a multiplayer game ( I plan on ...
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Are sockets required when developing a browser based MMOG?

I'm in the very early phases of developing a browser based MMOG, kinda like this game but not as cartoonish and with more features. I'm an experienced web developer, yet not once have I ever used ...
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MMOs based on .Net? [closed]

Are there any real MMOs where the server engine is based on .Net?
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Best practices for periodically saving game state to disk

I'm working on an MMO. All of the player and environment data lives on a server and is kept in memory. There's a "world" object which keeps track of all of the maps, characters, etc. and their ...
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Could this MMORPG project-model work? [closed]

This is an extension of my previous question. Recently I had an idea of making an, as I could describe it, agile open-source player-financial-profitable MMORPG, which has an interesting (from my POV) ...
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Device and user progression conflicts

Im designing a game with both digital currency and player progression, but have hit a confusing snag, where I possibly can't be the first to come to a decent solution. To keep it simple, it's a ...
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How should I collect user behavior data in an MMO?

In an MMO, and I'm trying to collect data about user behaviors for the purpose of tweaking the game rules to achieve maximum user satisfaction. Clearly one way to do it is to hand-roll specific ...
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What are some examples of MMOs with small development teams? [closed]

I'd like to see a list of MMOs with small development teams in order to better understand where small teams have found a place for themselves. While examples of MMORPGs are of interest, so are games ...
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RPG game engine HTML5/javscript [closed]

I am planning to build a 2D RPG game (Zelda style). I am looking for a game engine that has the following features: Map editor to create maps (preferably orthographic grid), with solid objects, ...
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Server to client update rate

I am building a game that uses client-server architecture and have the following question regarding server to client updates. Currently the server is doing 60 ticks per second and is sending updates ...
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What legal matters do I need to consider when releasing an MMO?

Let's say I've finished programming an indie MMO game similiar to Tibia. I've got: a stable server application ready to launch; a tested, bug-free, working client application ready to play; the ...
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MMO Client / Server Architecture (NoSQL)

The main aim is to keep the games variables server-side for obvious security reasons. I believe having server-side code to check before updating the games database values will protect me from classic ...
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Processing periodical operations on the database [duplicate]

I program MMO strategy game (C# monogame) like Goodgame Empire or Travian for Windows Phone. The server part of the game will run on Windows Server and MS SQL database. I'm trying to figure out a ...
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most effective storage of logged information [closed]

I am currently implementing basic logging of information on my multiplayer game and I want to have the most effective method. To log when a player connects and disconnects to a the server it ...
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Methods of player retention and conversion in MMO games?

What are other retention and conversion (free to play to paying to spender) strategies in MMOs? I know some like promotions, social viral, content generation, intentional imbalance, perks and ...
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Game log format for MMO servers

A log of game events (as opposed to error / debug logs) for an entire cluster/shard is very useful for a commercial MMO that is in a live production environment, providing vital support for customer ...
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I need to sell an almost-complete MMORPG project. How can I do that? [closed]

I need your help. We have to sell MMORPG at an advanced stage. The game has a unique engine, written on the need for the game, graphics, sound, map editor, web site etc. As it happens in the play ...
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Should I assign a unique ID to individual units of game currency?

I am currently making a MMORPG. At the moment, I am working on the currency part of the game but I'm confused whether I should assign a unique serial number for every unit of the currency generated. ...
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What are the reasons for MMOs to have level caps?

In many MMOs players character progression is artificially capped, e.g. by level 60 or 90 or 100 or whatever. Why do MMOs have these level caps in the first place? Why not just allow characters to ...
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How can I make permanent death in a MUD seem acceptable and fair to players?

I have considered writing a MUD for years, and I have a lot of ideas my friends think are really cool (and that's how I'd hope to get anywhere -- word of mouth). Thing is, there's one thing I have ...
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Are there any good html 5 mmo design tutorials? [closed]

Hey all. I got a rather inspired after playing gaia online's zOMG and wanted to revive an old project idea I've had laying around for a few years now. I'm looking to work with html5 (ie canvas, svg ...
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In a multiplayer game, should I store the list of character names on the Player class?

I am writing a multiplayer game that has account system and character creation system like standart MMORPGs. I have a question about name creating issue. I think that I can create a static variable on ...
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Can I have keyboard controls in an MMO and still do movement calcuation in the server?

I'm trying to decide between keyboard and mouse movement controls for a web-based multiplayer. It would be quite resource-intensive to use the WASD-keys and AJAX the server with controls every second. ...
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MMO Collision detection

I am building a MMO game server for a 2D game and am currently implementing the collision detection, and I am would like to know what I should do. Lets say I have 1000 players playing and 10,000 ...
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Are there still favored of using bluetooth devices today in modern games for multiplayer gameplay?

I was wondering. Most multiplayer gameplay always favored by Wi-fi during team-up or to compete each other. I know that when in comes in huge groups (say 100 to 500 players or more online) in online ...