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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Why would an online MMO throttle actions per day?

I started playing Die2Nite and was surprised that it has such a strict limit on the number of actions per day. After a while, I figured it was just part of the charm. I also started playing Magic ...
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Will running cron jobs every minute a good practice?

I'm trying to create a browser-based game (made in PHP, MySQL, Js, HTML, and CSS) that is heavily dependent on user's actions being carried out after a certain amount of time passed whether online or ...
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Tracking player location in realtime 2d mmo

I have read all of the answers here about tracking player locations, but still have some questions. I don't seem to understand how to do this efficiently, and feel that the internet could greatly ...
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MMORPG Entitiy handling on different maps

Is this a good approach for a MMORPG entity handling on different maps? Map Structure and entity existece: A map is basically a parent node in a scene graph. There's one map for each town, room ...
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MMORPG server-side java architecture

I am currently making a MMORPG game, which is turn-based. The client is supposed to run on Android. Now, my friend is doing the graphics, and I have been doing the game classes (player, weaponry, ...
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What tech will enable a script to run after a certain amount of time elapsed following a user's action?

I'm trying to experiment in creating an MMO browser-based game using PHP, MySQL, Javascript, HTML5, and CSS. There is this certain functionality that I want in my game that I'm having trouble with. ...
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How do I start writing an MMO game server? [closed]

I am developing a multi-player on-line game. I just started coding the server but I have no idea how to do it. Do I have to use threads ? And if i do, do I need one thread for every client? Knowing ...
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MMORPG with level system like The Elder Scrolls [closed]

Why arent there any MMORPS with a leveling system like the elder scrolls? (Leveling skills/stats by using them and upgrading your character level at X skill lvlups) And what are the Pros and Cons of ...
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Is this the right architecture for our MMORPG mobile game?

These days I am trying to design architecture of a new MMORPG mobile game for my company. This game is similar to Mafia Wars, iMobsters, or RISK. Basic idea is to prepare an army to battle your ...
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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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MMOFPS Player Positions [closed]

I'm working on a MMO game project. I have a question about MMOFPS game architecture. (I have basic network knowladge) (MMOFPS) I want to send player position to other players(clients) and other ...
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Stronger Hack-proof MMO Game Comparison: Game Client Based Vs. Via Web Browser [duplicate]

I was wondering. I observed most of any MMO that are hack-prone area. Hacks used one-hit kills, stealing accounts, instant level up, aimbots (mostly MMOFPS), and questionable wallers (also in MMOFPS). ...
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MMORPG game map in-memory storage techniques

For 2-3 years I've been interested into MMO development. I'm browsing some emulators source codes and open source projects. Usually I'm checking how the game server stores data about the 2D map. ...
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How to integrate Javascript into C# and run scriptcode step by step

We are currently working on a Pokemon MMO trying to figure out how to implement an asynchronous scripting language the best. We don't want to work with threads or tasks, but the goal was to wait for ...
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The game-server model to handle user actions

I'm starting to work on a mobile game that will have a server-side part (to handle user's interactions between them) and, of course, the client (game itself) part. It's not meant to be a browser game ...
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How to make sure user is running the newest version of mmo client?

In typical mmorpg game, you have a launcher and a client. You first run the launcher to update the client, then you run the client. In every mmo I tried if you run a client without updating first (if ...
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What are some good MMO middleware server packages? [closed]

If you have any experience with any MMO middleware packages and have any positive or negative experiences with them, your feedback will be appreciated. Specifically I'm looking for server packages. ...
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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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PHP Browser Game Question - Pretty General Language Suitability and Approach Question

I'm developing a browser game, using PHP, but I'm unsure if the way I'm going about doing it is to be encouraged anymore. It's basically one of those MMOs where you level up various buildings and ...
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What has stopped MMORTS games from being successful?

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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Profanity filter for an MMO chat

We are developing an MMO using Smartfox Server. The targeted audience is kids from 7 -12 years. There is a global chat option in this MMO. Whatever the user types in a textbox get displayed next to ...
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Integer vs String for “type” data in data-driven games

I've been developing a few mobile games, in which those games fetch their data from a server-database. I'm used to storing "type" values as an integer identifier, and an enum in the client to ...
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Persistent game where you program your own bot(s) [closed]

I'm looking for an online game with a persistent world where you are allowed to code (and add) your own 'players' (it can be in any language / script). A sort of RTS but for bots. Does that even ...
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Online MMO collision detection for players & walls

Let's assume the following: I have a server which stores the player's position (float x, float y, float z) Client sends the server it's updated position ever 250ms or so. Server has bounding boxes ...
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Building an instance system

I am looking into how to design an instance system for the game I am working on. I have always wondered how these are created in games like World of Warcraft, with its instances (dungeons/raids/etc). ...
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List of Anti-Cheat Packages for MMOs? [closed]

i would like to start this topic for programs to counter-attack link text. I am not aware of a big list but with everyone's help i hope to make this a fine topic. Posting format: NAME: nProtect ...
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Why is it so hard to develop a MMO? [closed]

I want to develop a MMO like World of Warcraft, but some basic research says that is going to take months (if not years) and cost a lot of money. I'd like to know why.
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How many database connection should use in a MMO game server?

Game server links to database, how many database connection should use? The data update works like this: update role object to database every X minutes, commit all updates every Y minutes. There are ...
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Networking dynamic game worlds

I'm working on a 3D massively multiplayer space game in C++ and I'd like some advice from experienced game developers. Essentially, the world (universe) simulated on the server is absolutely dynamic, ...
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When and where should I calculate collision response with multiplayer physics?

I've troubles wrapping my head around multiplayer physics and collisions on the client side, so far I interpolate the state of my network entities ( position and velocity ) of the other clients based ...
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2D destructable terrain with collisions in MMO

Task What I want is to create destructable terrain (like in Worms) and collisions with this terrain (with calculated normals) that will be fast enough to work on server machine. Basically lets say ...
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Why do MMORPGs still use multiple servers?

MMORPGs, some MOBAs like League of Legends or even StarCraft 2 usually force you to pick a server. Usually they are US, EU and SEA, in MMORPGs many per location. I can see that that was necessary a ...
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Multiplayer online game engine/pipeline

I am implementing online multiplayer game where client must be written in AS3 (Flash) to embed game into browser and server in C++ (abstract part of which is already written and used with other ...
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Most suited technology for browser games? [closed]

I was thinking about making a 2D MMO which I would in the long run support on various plattforms like desktop, mac, browser, android and ios. The server will be c++/linux based and the first client ...
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Recommended RPG game that can be used to learn game Modding? [closed]

I would like to learn game development via game modding. RPG/MMORPG is one of my favorite genres. Could someone recommend me a good and recent ( I would like to play the game as well) game to learn ...
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Server costs and back loading for mobile devices

A company approached me to design an MMO for the mobile platform and I have the perfect idea for them. My question is how much would a server for a FTP game that has both a PVE element and PVP cost? ...
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How are dependant quests generated in Guild Wars 2? [closed]

I recently read that Guild Wars 2 uses a system where the creation of quests depends on which actions user took when they were presented another quest. An example was: There might be a quest to ...
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OOP implementation of BUFFS and Stats. Suggestion

I am developing an MMORPG server using NodeJS. I am not sure how to implement Buffs, i mean, equipped objects or used skills have effects on the Player() which has many Stats(), some of them have a ...
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MMORPG Server architecture: How to handle player input (messages/packets) while the server has to update many other things at the same time?

This is more or less like what I'm thinking up to now: while(true) { if (hasMessage) { handleTheMessage(); } } But while I'm receiving the player's input, I also have objects ...
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Need an engine for MMO mockup

What I don't need is an MMORPG engine, at the moment. What I do need is a flexible easy-to-use engine that I can make a mock-up with. I don't need support for more than 10 players in an instance, so ...
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Client-Server MMOG & data structures sync when joining / playing

After reading a few articles on MMOG architecture, there is still one point on which I cannot find much information: it has to do with how you keep in sync server data on the client, when you join, ...
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multi-thread in mmorpg server

For MMORPG, there is a tick function to update every object's state in a map. The function was triggered by a timer in fixed interval. So each map's update can be dispatch to different thread. At ...
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Does an inventory limit in an MMORPG make sense?

I am currently developing a simple 2d MMORPG. My current focus is the inventory system. I am currently wondering if I should implement a limit on what a player character can carry. Either in form of ...
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How to store and update data table on client side (iOS MMO)

Currently I'm developing an iOS MMO game with cocos2d-x. The game depends on many data tables (Excel file) given by the designers. These tables contain data like how much gold/crystal will be cost ...
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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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MMO market (subscribe model, not play for free) [closed]

What mmo games do you know (play) with WoW-like monetization-subscribing (not play 4 free)? And how many active gamers playing them and what cost of each of them? Thank you!
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MMO Data Persistence Question

I wanted to ask a question regarding data persistence strategies for an MMO. I have some experience in the games industry with social synchronous games. At Zynga, we stored static proto data in XML ...
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MMORPG game balancing

I've seen a couple of examples of some game balancing techniques in books yet they are not comprehensive and not particularly aimed at MMORPGs but I'm looking for practical examples of game balancing ...
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Preventing item duplication?

For my game, there's two types of items - stackable, and nonstackable. Nonstackable items get assigned a unique ID that stays with it forever. A character ID is assosicated with the item, as is a ...
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Polygon count target range for MMO being released in 2 years

What would a realistic poly count target range be for NPC and player models in a 3D MMO that will be released in 2 years? What about poly count target range for the entire camera view (environment, ...