A game which is played by several players. The players may be working cooperatively or competitively (either against each other or the game).

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Mobile Multiplayer games and coping with high latency

I'm currently researching regarding a design for an online (realtime) mobile multiplayer game. As such, i'm taking into consideration that latencies (lag) is going to be high (perhaps higher than ...
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Multiplayer Network Game - Interpolation and Frame Rate

Consider the following scenario: Let's say, for sake of example and simplicity, that you have an authoritative game server that sends state to its clients every 45ms. The clients are interpolating ...
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Multiplayer in a game. How to design it object wise?

I was suggested on StackOverflow to ask this question here. I'm working on a simple game and I was thinking of adding multiplayer feature but I'm a bit stuck. I'm not sure what approach should I ...
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How to manage a multiplayer asynchronous environment in a game

I'm working on a game where players can setup villages, which can contain defending units. Any of these units (each on their own tiles) can be set to "campaign" which means they are no longer ...
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How do I write a simple 2-player server?

I've recently started learning JavaScript and HTML and developed simple 2-player game such as tick-tack-toe, battleship, and dots & boxes. However, these 2P games can only be played on one ...
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Networking gampeplay - Sending controller inputs vs. sending game actions

I'm reading about techniques for implementing game networking. Some of the resources i've read state that it is a common practice (at least for some games) to send the actual controller input across ...
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Adobe Air turn based multiplayer Game, sockets vs http bandwidth

I am developing an Adobe Air multiplayer game for iPad. It is turn based and not realtime. It is like checkers game. I want to use a client server model. I have found 2 options to connect to server so ...
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How significant is the addition of multiplayer to a singleplayer game compared to starting with multiplayer in mind?

Especially for game designers or software engineers, I was wondering how significant of an increase in difficulty/frustration/workload it would be for multiplayer to be an afterthought of a ...
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How can I implement something like Destiny's public events?

Bungie has shown a gameplay trailer for their new game, Destiny. The part that really stood out for me was the 'public events' that can happen randomly while playing. Now I've thought about it for a ...
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Use “Google Play Game Services” (Multiplayer feature) with LibGDX [closed]

i'm developing a simple game (for Android, using LibGDX Framework) and i would like to implement multiplayer feature to it. So, since the main project with the logic of the game in LibGDX is separated ...
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Is it feasible for a Server to send nothing more than a tile-based area to a Client?

To start, I have a good amount of background in networking (hardware, routers, ex.) but very little knowledge past the basics of network programming. This may seem like a stupid question, but I want ...
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Tile-based multiplayer game: server and client load

I'm developing a multiplayer tile-based game (imagine habbo) and having some trouble with the movement. The idea is to click on a tile (target tile) so your avatar moves there and everyone can see you ...
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Android TCG structural design [closed]

I started developing tcg for android, using ADT bundle. What is the right approach/way for making/storing cards/game info, local sqlite, some kind of data file? some service? or something else?
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3G ISPs blocking TCP protocol on port 80? [closed]

I want to run a custom TCP protocol over a 3G connection for a game. (Amazon server with mobile clients) I decided to use port 80 because hey, it's open. I'm aware that some paranoid ISPs will have ...
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Player ranking using ELO with more than two players

I would like to use ELO to track player rankings between matches of a certain game, however the game can be played with up to four players in a match. I have seen games like Carcassonne use ELO with ...
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How to handle scaled aspect ratio multiplayer player coordinates

I'm building a cross platform multiplayer game. I'm using pixel graphics and starting at a small 256x144 16:9 aspect ratio That gets scaled up to larger 16:9 resolutions. The graphics look ok however ...
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What perspective is suitable for sharing a screen across a table?

I'm thinking about a 2 player 2D arena game for a mobile phone, but I have the obvious problem of gripping. To avoid this, I think it shouldn't be a problem to play one in front of the other with ...
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Implementing time slowdown in a multiplayer game [duplicate]

My game has first-person melee combat that is based on directional attacks that are controlled with mouse gestures. For example, a downward slash is most effectively blocked by a shield held up high. ...
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Are there any guidelines/articles/tutorials for creating a network protocol for games? [closed]

I am currently developing a little 2D sandbox game with multiplayer functionality in XNA 4.0 and the latest lidgren-lib for networking. I found myself quickly at a point where sending a players ...
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DRY 0-bandwidth-overhead-serialization in C#: virtual, delegates or reflection? [closed]

I'm (de)serializing some datastructures for a network-multiplayer game, and for each datastructure that's to be (de)serialized, I want to define the order of (de)serialization only once for ...
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Is it worth having AI opponents step in for disconnected players in an online multiplayer card game

I have an online multiplayer card game resembling spades/bridge and I want to implement a system that autoplays when a client disconnects. Right now, there is a client and server. In the new system, ...
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How to develop multi-player game without involving server side code?

There have been lot of cloud based frameworks released in past few years. They provide real-time communication among users but does not allow developers to write server side code. So, how can we use ...
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GameLoop architecture for local multiplayer

I'm writing a game for Android to which I want to add a mulitplayer mode (local multiplayer via WiFi/Bluetooth, not online multiplayer via server). I stored the exchange-code between the client ...
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What to do with old data?

I have a game - virtual soccer manager. It is browser based game. It is split into 'seasons' each of them takes around a half of a real year. The central game element is a soccer match, each team ...
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Adding local wireles multiplayer mode to my Android game

I've created a little game on Android. Now, I want to add a multiplayer mode which works with bluetooth or WiFi, so you can play together with other "smartphones" in your neighborhood . Which is the ...
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Real Time vs Turn Based (XNA) [closed]

What is a more difficult type of game to develop on XNA: A Real Time multiplayer game or a Turn Based multiplayer game? (not client server or peer to peer, just in general) Any links to articles ...
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Asynchronous Game server [closed]

I am building an asynchronous multiplayer game (which can be compared whith a chess game) with Unity (up to 4 players in game). But I am stuck at choosing the server side solution. For me this kind of ...
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Approaching syncing between client and server, in a Tower Defense game

I am currently working on a Multiplayer TD, players can join games, and place towers on a map, so far so good. This is how the game works as of today, when a new game is created, the server ...
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multiplayer game in openGL [closed]

what is the easiest way how to make network communication in openGL/glut? Does anybody know any good tutorial for beginners? thanks (or is there any simpler way then openGL?)
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Creating offline multiplayer Android games with Unity

Is it possible to create offline multiplayer Android games with Unity (played over bluetooth/ wi-fi)? If so, then I would like to create a 2 player game prototype, containing a single room (empty ...
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What is an efficient/safe way to broker head to head communication for a mobile game

I have a mobile game written in XNA/MonoGame with a wcf server and I am currently designing the head to head competition mode. Previously I have created a game that used UDP to set up communication ...
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Handling Different Aspect Ratios for a Multiplayer Game

I'm currently designing a competitive 2D, side-scrolling multiplayer game and I want support full screen play at any aspect ratio (e.g., 4:3, 5:4, 16:10, 16:9). Doing that is not so much a problem, my ...
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How do I allow a player to build a dedicated server, but prevent them from cheating?

Instead of maintaining a central server, many games allow players to build their own server, like Minecraft. But if you give them the server-side program, how could you prevent them from cheating? I ...
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Networking Questions: Serialization and Frequent Small Packets or Fewer Large Packets

I'm working with a socket server and I'm trying to decide how to update all of the clients. I'm currently sending few packets with entire objects serialized in JSON. In most cases this adds a lot of ...
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How well (or badly) does Minecraft SMP scale?

Has anyone tested and collected some data about how well does Minecraft SMP scale, with an increasing number of players (up to large amounts of players)? I.e. the bottlenecks are: mostly in the ...
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Receiving server data inside game loop

I'm planning on how my multiplayer game client game loop should work. While I'm convinced that server should be moved from game loop into it's own thread, I'm not sure what should I do about receiving ...
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Client Server Multiplayer Project

I have reviewed the relevant WinForms/XNA samples here and here. However, my requirements are slightly different. Given the following: I am developing a multiplayer (Client - Server) game There ...
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What would be best practice of client comunication in a multiplayer game

Assume that we have a multiplayer game and the users are moving their characters (might be a circle) on the game area. At every game loop some changes can be happened. Should clients send their ...
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Do “write once run anywhere” engines require platform specific code for multiplayer?

I've been investigating the myriad selection of mobile game dev engines that allow compilation of your code onto multiple target platforms, but, something I can't seem to figure out is if ...
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How to setup a client to work with a remote server or a local included server?

I'm working on a Networked multiplayer game, but while developing and for testing I want to set up a local server that acts like the multiplayer server. My thought is to approach the server as a ...
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Collision detection in pong style multiplayer network game

I've recently implemented an authoritative server (node.js with socket.io) for a multiplayer pong game. I've looked at client side prediction and fixing timesteps and starting to grasp the notion of ...
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Get timing correct with client side prediction

I believe I've got my head round CSP after reading Gabriel Gambetta's blog, Valve article and buildnewgames.com but having an issue understanding the time execution of everything. So if a player ...
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I would like to build a 2D multiplayer game. Do I need a game engine or not?

I plan to build a very basic 2D game in html5: it's purely a map divided in 2D equal square tiles. A player can click on a tile to see the message "behind" a tile. Once open, other players can't open ...
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How to structure (the code in) a multiplayer game

I'm working on a rather small project where we will be developing a small engine, a client, a server and an editor of some kind. It's a component-based 3D engine with basic systems like Rendering, ...
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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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How do I manage multiplayer login?

How is the typical login, loading the level and spawning handled? For example: Client sends "iwanttologinwithcharacterx" Server does some validity checks and instantiates characterx Server sends ...
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PHP Browser Game Private Messages?

First off, I'm asking this question here because gaming and messaging are intimately connected. Why win if you can't gloat? Nevertheless, I won't be offended if this needs to be moved to overflow. ...
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Writing a server for a multiplayer game

I've been looking on the internet, but I can't really find any good answers to all my questions.. I started to think about writing a little multiplayer game on my own and after thinking and thinking ...
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Practical Way to Store and Communicate Data for a Multiplayer Game Like This

I am working on my first multiplayer game, as I have become bored with my single player indie games. However, I have a question. Players will be placing items on a map which is arranged in a grid, ...
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iOS game integrated with Facebook - Random game

How could I implement a random game for iOS via Facebook. I registered my game with Facebook and done everything so far... Can Facebook do such a thing? EDIT I connected my app to Facebook, I can ...