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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How often should multiplayer games communicate with the server?

I once heard that Runescape "ticks" every 0.3s, and that seemed like a very long period of time, although Runescape is kind of a slow game. I'm building a more dynamic top-down shooter game, and I'm ...
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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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Best way to go for simple online multi-player games? [closed]

I want to create a trivia game for my website. The graphic design does not have to be too fancy, probably no more advanced than a typical flash game. It needs to be secure because I want users to be ...
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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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Replacement for XNA Lobby?

I am looking to implement with the Microsoft Windows Live game lobby. Since Microsoft has deprecated XNA, I am wondering if it is still possible to interact with the game lobby they provided in XNA ...
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Running multiple box2D world objects on a server

I'm creating a multiplayer game using LibGdx (with Box2d) and Kryonet. Since this is the first time I work on multiplayer games, I read a bit about server - client implementations, and it turns out ...
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(Why) Should I choose Unity 3 or Cocos2d (or something third) for my app? [closed]

My colleague and me made an HTML 5 iPad game ( http://braille.gandzo.com/ ) and we would like to upgrade it, and our framweork is not enoguh, for what we want. Some of the things we would change are: ...
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iOS Game Center - Quit turn-based games for previous version of app

I have a game on the iOS App Store that uses Game Center for turn-based multiplayer (GKTurnBasedMatch). I recently updated the app with a new game mode and I had to change the network protocol 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 can I alleviate network lag issues with players from other countries?

I am developing a small multiplayer game where players move through the map and interact with each other. The game is written in VB.Net. When I tested my game with players on a LAN everything worked ...
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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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How to synchronize clocks in multiplayer game?

I have 2 to 3 clients, that can exchange messages through Apple Game Center. The only synchronization I need is: start the game at the same moment. I guess this involves clock synchronization. How ...
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Developing an ELO like point system for a multiplayer gaming site

I'm currently working on a gaming site where users will submit virtual players for different games, like Chess, Nash, Backgammon, Go, etc. The idea is that users don't compete themselves, but through ...
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How do you get a multiplayer-only game to reach critical mass?

Say you have a multiplayer-only game in which players are randomly paired head-to-head against a random online player... How do get such a beast off the ground? You need enough players online at ...
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What platform should I use for a master server?

We are making a small FPS, and want people to be able to play it online and fetch a list of all servers from a master server. We only have experience in C#, and we have already written a master server ...
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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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How to achieve smooth gameplay in a physics based multiplayer game? (2d)

I'm using cocos2d 2.0 and Gamekit for networking. I've got a server/client model. It works over wifi (local) and bluetooth. (Xcode 4.3, Objective C) Basically, there's a ball and 2 or more players. ...
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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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What Java library provides a high-level communication interface suitable for use in an action-game server?

I need to write a server for an action game, which needs fast communication with the client. There will only be one server, and I'll split the world in zones. The client will be written in Java using ...
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Can game replays be used as cheat protection?

Say you're writing a complex turn based multiplayer strategy game in the browser (i.e. JavaScript). The game state is big and complicated (think line of sight calculations in a 3d world). There can be ...
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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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game multiplayer service development

I'm currently working on a multiplayer game. I've looked at a number of multiplayer services(player.io, playphone, gamespy, and others) but nothing really hits the mark. They are missing features, ...
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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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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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HTML5 multi-player game data/event validation best practices

I'll start by saying that I am fully aware that this question might seem subjective at first, but I'll try and provide a specific test case scenario for it to be a clear question about validating the ...
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Multiplayer architecture in games like Diablo 2

So I've been wondering, what kind of architecture would games like world of warcraft, diablo 2 (which is most probably a different beast than WoW) use? As far as I know, RTS games state-syncs every ...
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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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How to do simultaneous action without it being real time?

This is really a pacing question, but there's no tag for that: The general concept is that the players are working in a team and need to be able to react to eachother's movement and observations as ...
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Network Game testing via Wireshark

How can i check/inspect the performance of my network game via Wireshark and specifically the Graphs available in Wireshark,i want to test the performance of my network game. which kind of graphs can ...
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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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A simple example of movement prediction

I've seen lots of examples of theory about the reason for client-side prediction, but I'm having a hard time converting it into code. I was wondering if someone knows of some specific examples that ...
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Multiplayer box2d networking for turn based game

I am currently in the planning stages for a 2D game for mobile devices which I will be making in C++ using cocos2d-x. The game will be turn based and each turn will have a phase in which the physics ...
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How do I synchronise real-time moves of players on a grid?

I'm working on a real-time game based on a grid. Each player can move a single square at a time. A server tracks the game state and notifies clients of changes. It's possible for two players to make ...
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Are there any clever methods of regulating bandwidth usage for voice chat payload packets?

For example, suppose my code can determine that upstream bandwidth is unusually limited. And suppose I'm using a fully-connected mesh topology combined with a UDP-like protocol for voice chat. Is ...
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Alternatives to a leveling system

I'm currently designing a rough prototype of a mecha fighting game. These are the basics I came up with: Multiplayer (matchmaking for up to 10 people, for now) Browser based (HTML5) 2D ...
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Prevent Multiplayer Cheating

I am almost complete developing a small indie-style multiplayer game. While I intend to allow people to cheat in single-player, this is obviously not acceptable in multi-player. Does anyone know of ...
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What should I keep in mind when developing a game to be multiplayer?

I am making 2d game, and it will be a game where players can move on in a 2D world and there will be physics with projectiles and such. So far, I don't have much, just a tile engine a few other ...
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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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Limitations of p2p multiplayer games vs client-server

I am reading up on multiplayer game architecture. So far most of the articles i've found deal with the client-server model. I'd like to know what are the limitations for using a p2p architecture? ...
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Real-time multiplayer game server development [closed]

I'm an Android developer, and I want to start developing a real-time multiplayer game, like Pocket Legends. Would this type of server be good for a real-time multiplayer action game - ...
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Is client-side prediction supposed to cause lag?

I found this general question, but I'd like clarification on a specific point. Consider this simple scenario: Client A sends input to move at T0. Server receives input at T1. All clients receive ...
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Creating a top-view racing game, do I have the right ideas, any suggestions?

I am creating a top-view, multiplayer, arcade-ish racing game, and I want to know if you guys think that I am on the right track, or not. It will work basically like this: -There are 3 races, and one ...
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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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Suitable Client Server setup for Network Game testing

I want to test my Client/Server game for which, currently, I am using localhost for both Client and Server. Obviously I'm not getting any fluctuation in data and measure idea of performance, and in ...
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How are multiplayer mods created?

How do you make a single player game into a multiplayer one? For example: SA-MP San Andreas Multiplayer and the new Just Cause 2 Multiplayer. Before making the mod, did they need permission? How did ...
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How can multiple clients be out of sync if they use the same RNG seed?

I have been working on a client-server architecture to enable LAN play for my open source game, Aigilas. In its current state, players stay synced in all running instances of the game but enemies and ...
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Will making players pay a virtual currency before entering a match discourage them from playing?

I'm making a multiplayer match-making game, and by my current design, people will need to pay a small fee before joining a match. At the end of the match, the team that won will get the money. That ...
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Elegant way to handle packet loss in a lockstep P2P RTS?

What's an elegant way to handle packet loss in a lockstep simulation peer-to-peer RTS where only player input data is sent over the network? For example, let's say it's tick 1000 and player 1 sends a ...
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Required Security Precautions for Flash / AS3 Multiplayer Game

I have created a couple of games in Flash/AS3 and am playing with programming a flash-based multiplayer (possibly mmo?) game where the application will communicate with a server over a socket ...
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What advantages are there to the one-port-per-client approach for a multiplayer server?

There are a few older games (Quake III and Hexen II to name a couple) where the server assigns a port per player. Are there performance advantages to this? I suspect there may be, since Carmack & ...