Two or more computers connected together via cable bound or wireless communication links for the purpose of information exchange.

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Which game logic should run when doing prediction for PNP state updates

We are writing a multiplayer game, where each game client (player) is responsible for sending state updates regarding its "owned" objects to other players. Each message that arrives to other (remote) ...
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How to make a TCP Client Server in java over multiple Networks

So I am trying to write server code for my game, and I am kinda running in a wall. I have seen oracles example for a server and client, but how do I allow it to connect to computers outside my ...
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How do network applications get around firewalls?

Forgive me if this comes off as naive; I've only a cursory understanding of network communications. My work has a public and very restrictive network - (they appear to block everything that isn't ...
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Should I use select() for networking in my gameloop?

I'm writing a simple networked game in C/C++. To keep things simple I'm using TCP. In my server's game loop I'm using a POSIX select() with a zero second timeout for two things: Discover incoming ...
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How do I duplicate a Box2d simulation, mid-simulation?

I want to serialize the state mid-game, send it over the network to an identical computer (same CPU, same OS, same binary), load it there, and have the two games run in tandem doing the exact same ...
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How can I simulate a bad internet connection for testing purposes?

I am developing an online multiplayer game. It works well when I test it on the local area network, but before I release it I would like to test how the user-experience works out for someone who has ...
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How to handle player input in online game with ping jitter?

I'm currently working on an online game and basing my networking architecture around this Source Multiplayer Networking article. However, I'm a little stuck on how the user input works. The article ...
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Multiplayer platformer - Are server corrections normally required with a single client on the server?

I am currently working on a rather simple multiplayer platformer. I read quite a bit of articles on the techniques used to hide latency, but I still fail to get my head around certain of the concepts. ...
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Should response be tied to request in a multiplayer game?

I wonder if server responses on client operation requests should be tied by some operation id? Tied would be when: 1.Client app sends request to server to e.g. buy item X, and sets operation id as ...
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Java network game - synchronize state

I'm creating a networked frame-based game (like Tetris battle), using the Java Sockets API, and right now my main concern is how to 'synchronize' the game state between two players. I've already ...
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SFML networking rts

You will be controlling only one person directly in the game. But, you can issue vague command like to build something here or attack at this square. So I'm trying to make a multi-player roguelike ...
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How to synchronize actions like jump in multiplayer?

I am a newbie game developer and I have been researching about multiplayer games. I observed that there's always some latency, the players always get updates from past actions. But there are ...
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What are some effective methods of documenting packet protocols?

I'm working with a few developers on a hobby project and we have a lot of different APIs. What are some popular methods of creating documentation on the potential requests, and what can be expected to ...
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UDP vs TCP in multiplayer mobile game

I'm working on a networked multiplayer game, initially for iOS. Even with TCP_NODELAY there are large fluctuations in latency. I can't be sure of the reason, but I would not be surprised if it was ...
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How can we validate subjective inputs from a client?

Let's propose for a minute where we have a game using something like the Virtuix Omni. You track feet movement. You track the speed at which they run. Now, let's suppose we want to translate this into ...
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How can I escape my field delimiter in my game's packet data?

For my game I decided to not encrypt my packet's payload. Instead I'm just going to check everything on the server to make sure the packet is legitimate. As I'm not doing any encryption, my packet's ...
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P2P card game: Shuffling without knowing the final order?

So, I am conceptualizing a P2P trading card game. The issue is the network: knowing the identity of a card is giving a major advantage, so both clients need enough information about a card that they ...
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What is a good balance between client and server actions?

I'm working on a voxel-based game right now which will have a lot of events, like clicking a block or object. Say I want to open an interface when I click a certain block. Should I handle this on the ...
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I know that my super simple multiplayer setup is probably not a good idea, but why?

I'm making a simple little MOBA just for fun. I was making everything single-player then I realized "oh crap I should probably add multiplayer, huh." I've never done anything with networking before, ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the impact of many AI enemies on state replication networking?

Imagine an online coop style FPS or TDS game where say 2-6 real players fought large amounts (20-60 concurrent) of AI enemies. Could this style of game be reasonably networked over the internet using ...
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XNA PC vs Monogame Online Multiplayer [closed]

I've got a mostly working PC game in XNA 4, and am looking to make it networked. From the documentation it seems that I can use XNA Networking through GFWL to do LAN sessions, but not online sessions ...
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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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How to avoid being throttled?

I'm writing a networked iOS game. When sending packets with GKMatchSendDataReliable (which I assumed was UDP with their own packet reception code written) at 60 packets per second (so 16 ms between ...
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How are UDP packets verified as authentic? [closed]

Hey I'm writing a game and have the backend written using a sometimes-reliable UDP scheme. I want to verify that inbound packets are actually originating from the player specified in the packets. My ...
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How to sync game tick in peer to peer game?

I am making a 2-player iphone action game using a synchronization service (in this case Firebase). The service allows state syncing through the internet, but I have to execute all game logic on the ...
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Will Google Play Game Services allow turn-based gameplay?

Will the Google Play Game Services multiplayer allow (turn-by-turn) gameplay like DrawSomething?
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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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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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Broadcasting terrain data

How can i send from server to client a large amount of tile data? Having chunks of almost 2MB of data seems prohibitive to send this information just like that. Minecraft compress each chunk and ...
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Client send rate for network games

As I understand for a client server model, it's common practise to send input to the server and then the server applies the input to update the state of the game. The server then sends updates to ...
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Are there methods faster than Strings for sending a sprite's state over UDP?

I'm programming a 2.5D networked game in Java. The networking works like this right now: Create new networked sprite object at the client. Send it to the server. Server distributes and saves it. ...
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How to implement lockstep model for RTS game?

In my effort to learn programming I'm trying to make a small RTS style game. I've googled and read a lot of articles and gamedev q&a's on the topic of lockstep synchronization in multiplayer RTS ...
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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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LibGDX Cross Platform Networking

Backstory: I've been developing a game with LibGDX for the past two years, and I've seen it refactored more times than I remember. I jumped on the iOS iKVM port as soon as it was released. But I've ...
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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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Game Networking Update Packets

So, I've been working on a project for a while which is basically just a little 2D game. The fun/hard part is that I've been trying to make it work as a multiplayer game. Right now, the game is just a ...
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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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Best way to network the movement of 2D tanks?

I'm working on a multiplayer Flash game with a Python server and I have a quick question regarding how I should send positional updates for tanks for other players. Should I choose Option A: When ...
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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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Event-driven vs state synchronizing networking model

I was going through the Tribes network model and the network model used in Quake3. What I understand is that Tribes is more of an event based model where as the Quake model uses game states and delta ...
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Would a custom mod built for RakNet be automatically usable with Unity?

Context: I'm interesting in developing a security module for servers that handle mobile games, and I'd like it to be usable by the most people possible. So I'm trying to decide what server software I ...
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Server fixed timestep not running at 30Hz but way way too fast [closed]

I'm trying to make my game's server thread run at a fixed 30Hz but can't figure out how. Basically, before I just had a stupid while(1) { //do everything as fast as you can} which means that for my ...
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Packet handling system architecture?

I'm working on a multiplayer Flash game (ActionScript 3) with an accompanying server written in Python and I'd like some tips regarding networking, and specifically, the handling of packets and ...
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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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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 ...