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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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Player choices affecting a massive online world

Current generation MMOs are pretty static in that choices don't really affect the world for more than the scope of one or two quests -- but that doesn't give you a good sense of immersion, simply a ...
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How do MMO servers communicate with players who are behind a NAT?

I'm now planning to develop a real-time mmo in the future using udp as the transmission protocol since it has lesser overheads than tcp... I understand that between the client and the server, they ...
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MMO lag compensation problem

i'm writing small mmo, using boost library, i want to make it non-target game, but when i came to part where i need to save previous game states i became confused. How to implement game world, npcs, ...
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Is there an MMO-related research body?

I'm trying to find a research resource for MMOs -- preferrably where people send papers to be published, have conferences, etc. If nothing else, just a repository of articles would be nice. Is there a ...
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NoSQL (CouchDB) database design for MMORPGs

Are there any pratical examples of database implementation for an MMORPG in CouchDB? Even a detailed thesis? I've looked but found very little on practical examples and not even find any good UML ...
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For making an online multiplayer browser-based game, what tech would be more efficient to use? [closed]

I asked a partial question on stackoverflow, and then realized that this would be the place to get a better answer because this is the game dev website, and you all may know more than the programmers ...
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Securing a TCP connection on iOS for an MMO

I am currently building an iOS MMO and I'm leaning towards using TCP as my networking protocol over the higher level HTTP (for the speed difference and the fact that it does not require the client to ...
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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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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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How should I check if a player has completed an achievement?

I'm making an MMO game and I just got to a point where I need to implement achievements... How do I do that? The most straight forward thing to do would be to run this once every 100ms,: for a in ...
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How does a wow server handle which player position to set to each nearest players?

I already understood how game developers could create very large game levels, bypassing the floating point precision limit. This was my very first mind boggling question, and I understood it when I ...
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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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In a browser based MMO RTS… Art? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I find artists to work on my game? I'm a little confused about how to go about this: I plan on developing an MMO RTS with some friends, but nothing is certain ...
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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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What languages are required for an mmo browser game?

What 'Things' are required for this sort of game? I understand java, c++, javascript, and objective c (iphone programming) fairly well, however I know nothing about networking programming, but I do ...
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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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Which toolkit to use for 3D MMO game development? [closed]

Lately i've been thinking about which path to follow for developing an 3D Online game. I have googled a lot but i couldnt find a good article that covers both game development and online server & ...
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Best way to implement mouse-based movement in MMOG

I want to design an MMO where players click the destination they want to walk to with their mouse and the character moves there, similar to Runescape in this manner. I think it should be easier than ...
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Transition Player Position

I'm currently working on a Java MMO with a pretty solid start, but I've come across an issue I need a little help with. I'm working on player positions. Meaning their X/Y on the screen, if the ...
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Is it possible to make an MMO game with Flash and ActionScript?

Is it possible to make an MMO game in Flash CS5 with ActionScript 3.0? I'm not asking how, but I'd also like to see some examples if it's already been done.
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In MMO game, how to handle user characters, who are offline?

In my medieval MMO game, players have their own character, that represents themselves inside game. Like a King. Players could have cities and armies, but King acts as main driving force. Then it ...
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What use for a 3d browser based multiplayer online game?

Can you help me choosing the right tools for this project? It's a 3d browser based multiplayer online fighting game. A few 3d functions are necessary for positioning, but no heavy rendering will ...
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Browser based MMO [closed]

We are a team of 4 trying to develop a browser based MMORPG. Its partially text based in a way like Might and Magic. The world map would be in 3D and actions would be automatically resolved. The game ...
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programming light sources in java

I was making a game and I wanted to program light sources but I don't know how to. every where I search it comes up with lightweight java. Can any one offer any help. Its a birds eye view mmorpg. Can ...
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Handling different version clients in a multiplayer game

What are various ways of handling different version clients in multiplayer games? For example, when there's an update, some games allow you to play with people who have a different version of the ...
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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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How should I track players' real-time positions in an MMO?

How do you keep track of the positions of the players in a MMORPG? I read that you can use either a database or you can store the coordinates in files. I tried using a database but it was slow. How ...
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Database for increased scalability in a mmorpg? [closed]

I am planning a simple MMORPG, but even though it's a small, open source project, I'd like to have the best quality database. Which would be the best database software to use? Examples: SQL - MySQL, ...
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Rate-limiting players actions in a multiplayer game

I'm thinking about building a multiplayer game with combat between players and monsters. Actors need to have a maximum actions per minute, otherwise users could cheat by holding down the attack key. ...
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What are the different ways to balance an online multiplayer game where user spend different amounts of time online?

Let's consider a game where every player is building his own medieval town. To make this question simple, let's assume that, on this persistent world, some people will play an hour every day (heavy ...
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Using a web service for multiplayer games?

I've been looking into web services for making multiplayer games and was just wondering how feasible would it be? What I would like to do is make a simple MMORPG that uses a turn based fighting ...
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Who does the AI calculations in an MMO?

I am building an MMO and want to add NPCs. The thing is I don't know the basic design. What does the calculations, the clients or the server? I would understand the server calculating events and ...
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is it possible to make a MMO starting with scalable hosting?

I made a really basic 2D RPG. I want to know whether I can turn it into a free to play MMO. I cannot afford to rent a server with enough capacity to serve a big number of players but I'm wondering ...
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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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What are the Elements of an MMO Game?

I would really appreciate it if there aren't any answers like "Making MMOs is too expensive", "Don't even try making an MMO!" etc. I'm trying to point out the elements/jobs that establish an MMO ...
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Java or Flash for MMO Game?

I hope this question hasn't been asked before. I'm thinking of creating an MMO game, perhaps for Facebook. I've investigated the options of using Java or Flash/Flex. But I'm still not sure which to ...
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Amateur / Independent (m)MORPG Team management

I would like to ask you all a question about how I should be going about creating and especially maintaining an Amateur/Independent team for quite a big project. I'm specially interested about common ...
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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, ...
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MMO architecture - Highly Scalable with Reporting capabilities

A friend of mine is asking me to help out on a project of his, I have done a small amount of game development before, but mainly do application and enterprise development these days. He is asking me ...
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How to manage requests for a MMOG?

I read that most servers handle more than 50 requests per second. Is this true? how many requests can a normal server handle? How do MMOG manage requests having to update player actions instantly?
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Can you make a 3d game in eclipse java? [closed]

Hello can you make a 3d game like minecraft using java?
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Low traffic client synchronization with server in MMO

I am implementing MMO where player flies in space on his starship controlling it with arrow keys and cooperate with other players. I want to implement it so that player will be able to dodge his ship ...
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What language to use to create a browser-MMO? [closed]

I have a game ready to be implemented (Class Diagrams and other UML stuff are good). Here are some characteristics: MMO. Browser game and download-game. Multiplatform. With 2D graphics. Real time. ...
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What is the growth rate of MMORPG programmers? [closed]

I am wondering if anyone has an estimate of what the growth rate is for developers (programmers) with knowledge of how to build AAA MMOs1? Thanks
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Writing a minimalistic server for vanilla WoW [closed]

This is about a personal project I've been longing to do for some time now. Since a while now I have stopped playing WoW, but as I'm quite experienced in C++ I thought I'd try the following: Write a ...
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Should there be a limit to how many in game models there is for a 3d MMORPG?

I was considering building a character creator/customizer program that would enable a player to create their own 3d model based off of a series of preset body parts. i.e. A player could choose to add ...
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What are some typical server/vps/colo hosting costs for deployed MMOs?

From my estimates the MMO I'm designing can support 500000 concurrently connected non-idle users (and still be able to you know, do stuff) for about $1700/month in total hosting costs (includes ...
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Pub/Sub or message passing in multiplayer server backend?

For my masters thesis I'm going to develop a scalable multiplayer server for locationbased games. It's going to be a "service oriented architecture" e.g. one dedicated service for positions, one for ...
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What does it really take to make an MMORPG/Where should I go from here? [closed]

Foreword: I am posting this on answers.onstartups and gamedev.stackexchange because the expertise from each area will likely contribute useful information. Also, I saw similar questions to this, but I ...
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How to manage all the NPC/AI objects on the server?

I'm writing a simple MMO, and currently have the the server-client architecture in place for multiple users to see each other and be able to move around together...now its time to add enemies. Was ...