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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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 ...
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Anti-Cheat for MMOs issues and solutions? [closed]

Most online games suffer for this problem and there are some software companies out there to cover this but recently from what I've seen most companies are trying to avoid those programs creating ...
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UDP server and large number of users?

My initial research showed the most people prefer to use UDP protocol and build a control code on top of it for multiplayer games. It seems like a good design at first, but I am wondering if it is ...
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How to prevent that a MMORPG dies when the provider ceases to provide hosting? [closed]

Most MMORPG providers have to discontinue their service some day. From then on, people can’t play the game anymore. Some communities might set up (reverse-engineered) server emulators (freeshards), ...
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Is there an MMO-related research body? [closed]

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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2D open world MMORPG; big map memory problem [duplicate]

I am developing an 2d open world mmorpg game for learning purposes, and have a issue with big maps. A year ago i developed 2d open world single player / co-op game. It saved map in chunks, and AI for ...
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Save “Explored Area” to SQL Database

For a strategy game, the area "already explored" has to be saved to a DB, so that the player can (upon resuming his game) see where he has already been. The game will be a mmo-game, so i have to ...
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Alternatives to storing all my entities in an SQL database

I've been trying to build my entity system based on pure SQL data storage as explained in this post series. The idea is that every entity or component is stored in an SQL table. I created my framework ...
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Is it feasible to use a DHT to span an MMO over many servers for improving reliability?

At the moment I have an idea for how to handle distributing MMO servers. At the core is a bunch of worker nodes that all share the same set of distributed hash tables. Each DHT stores a specific game ...
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MMO: In-App vs. Website Purchase

Im currently writing a turn based start game, which will be played in an MMO style (players download clients, central server handling the game logic etc.) and now I need to decide how I charge my ...
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Browser UDP Relay with TCP Websocket

I'm wondering if this is possible and what obstacles I might face. I have a game that's browser based, and since I can't send UDP packets from a browser, Can I use a plugin that the browser connects ...
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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 & ...