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1 Multiplayer Online Games
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2 Outline boxshadowup Overview of multiplayer online games (MOGs) boxshadowup Research issues boxshadowup Sample of recent papers boxshadowup A few observations Credit : Based on slides of An-Cheng Huang & Bruce Maggs
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3 Types of MOG: Categorization by Genre boxshadowup First-Person Shooter (FPS) circleshadowdwn E.g. Quake III, Call of Duty, Counter-Strike, Half-Life, PlanetSide boxshadowup Role-Playing Game (RPG) circleshadowdwn E.g. Dungeons & Dragons , Diablo II, EverQuest, World of Warcraft boxshadowup Real-Time Strategy (RTS) circleshadowdwn E.g. Halo, Warcraft 3, Age of Empires, Rise of Nation boxshadowup Other types circleshadowdwn Sports game (e.g. Football, Basketball, …) circleshadowdwn Racing (e.g. Kart Rider, Trackmania, Darkwind: War on Wheels) circleshadowdwn Rhythm game (e.g. Dance Dance Revolution, Audition Online) circleshadowdwn Management game (e.g. Hattrick, The Sims Online, Project RockStar) circleshadowdwn Text-based game (e.g. Cyber Nations) circleshadowdwn Social game (e.g. Second Life) circleshadowdwn 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 man man man man
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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 man man man man scifi
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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 man man man man man airplane man man man man man man man
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11 Types of MOG: Categorization by Persistency boxshadowup No persistency boxshadowup Persistent player information boxshadowup Persistent game world boxshadowup Persistency circleshadowdwn Local: e.g., run a persistent server for a few friends circleshadowdwn Global: e.g., game company hosts servers for all
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12 No Persistency man man man Before gaming session During After
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13 Persistent Player Information man man man man man man Before gaming session During After man man man
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14 Persistent Game World man man man man man man man Before gaming session During After man man
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15 Scales of MOG boxshadowup n: Number of players in a game world boxshadowup n<=8 boxshadowup n<=64 boxshadowup n>1000 barb4right Massively Multiplayer (MMOG)
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16 Interesting Combinations boxshadowup n<=64 (16-32 mostly), no persistency, FPS: e.g., Call of Duty boxshadowup n<=8 (2-4 mostly), no persistency, RTS: Rise of Nations boxshadowup n<=8, persistent player information, RPG: Diablo II boxshadowup n>1000, persistent game world, RPG: EverQuest boxshadowup n>1000, persistent game world, FPS: PlanetSide
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  • Fall '10
  • QIU
  • Video game genres, First-person shooter, Client-server, Massively multiplayer online game, Blizzard Entertainment, game world

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