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1 Multiplayer Online Games
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2 Outline b Overview of multiplayer online games (MOGs) b Research issues b Sample of recent papers b A few observations Credit : Based on slides of An-Cheng Huang & Bruce Maggs
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3 Types of MOG: Categorization by Genre b First-Person Shooter (FPS) c E.g. Quake III, Call of Duty, Counter-Strike, Half-Life, PlanetSide b Role-Playing Game (RPG) c b Real-Time Strategy (RTS) c E.g. Halo, Warcraft 3, Age of Empires, Rise of Nation b Other types c Sports game (e.g. Football, Basketball, …) c Racing (e.g. Kart Rider, Trackmania, Darkwind: War on Wheels) c Rhythm game (e.g. Dance Dance Revolution, Audition Online) c Management game (e.g. Hattrick, The Sims Online, Project RockStar) c Text-based game (e.g. Cyber Nations) c Social game (e.g. Second Life) c Real-world simulation (e.g. flight simulation, air traffic simulation)
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4 First-Person Shooter (FPS) Game world Player character Weapons Aim + shoot Call of Duty, Activision / Infinity Ward (based on Quake III engine) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkGTQaerH_8
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5 FPS (cont.) Game world m m m m
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6 Role-Playing Game (RPG) Game world Player character “Weapons” = “MOB” Accomplish task, Improve (virtual) ability, accomplish harder task, etc. Diablo II, Blizzard Entertainment / Blizzard North http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYrmmKWc9-Q
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7 Another RPG (Sort of) Game world Player character Accomplish task, Improve (virtual) ability, accomplish harder task, etc. Robot Factory: manufacture robot soldiers and let them fight http://www.arcadebomb.com/play/robot_factory.html
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8 RPG (cont.) Game world m m m m s
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9 Real-Time Strategy (RTS) Game world “Units” Explore, build, combat Rise of Nations, Microsoft http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eMqrqnRnmw
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10 RTS (cont.) Game world m m m m m a m m m m m m m
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11 Types of MOG: Categorization by Persistency b No persistency b Persistent player information b Persistent game world b Persistency c Local: e.g., run a persistent server for a few friends c Global: e.g., game company hosts servers for all
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12 No Persistency m m m Before gaming session During After
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13 Persistent Player Information m m m m m m Before gaming session During After m m m
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14 Persistent Game World m m m m m m m Before gaming session During After m m
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