Online Multiplayer Games

Online Multiplayer Games

Author: William Sims Bainbridge

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783031022685

Category: Computers

Page: 105

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This lecture introduces fundamental principles of online multiplayer games, primarily massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), suitable for students and faculty interested both in designing games and in doing research on them. The general focus is human-centered computing, which includes many human-computer interaction issues and emphasizes social computing, but also, looks at how the design of socio-economic interactions extends our traditional notions of computer programming to cover human beings as well as machines. In addition, it demonstrates a range of social science research methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, that could be used by students for term papers, or by their professors for publications. In addition to drawing upon a rich literature about these games, this lecture is based on thousands of hours of first-hand research experience inside many classic examples, including World of Warcraft, The Matrix Online, Anarchy Online, Tabula Rasa, Entropia Universe, Dark Age of Camelot, Age of Conan, Lord of the Rings Online, Tale in the Desert, EVE Online, Star Wars Galaxies, Pirates of the Burning Sea, and the non-game virtual world Second Life. Among the topics covered are historical-cultural origins of leading games, technical constraints that shape the experience, rolecoding and social control, player personality and motivation, relationships with avatars and characters, virtual professions and economies, social relations inside games, and the implications for the external society. Table of Contents: Introduction / Historical-Cultural Origins / Technical Constraints / Rolecoding and Social Control / Personality and Motivation / Avatars and Characters / Virtual Professions and Economies / Social Relations Inside Games / Implications for External Society

Programming Multiplayer Games

Programming Multiplayer Games

Author: Andrew Mulholland

Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 9781556220760

Category: Computers

Page: 576

View: 645

This book covers all the major aspects and theory behind creating a fully functional network game, from setting up a stable MySQL back-end database for storing player information to developing a reusable TCP/IP network library for online games as well as developing web-based server interfaces. This title focuses on sockets rather than DirectPlay, which allows for multiplatform development as opposed to developing game servers solely for Windows-based servers and focuses on MySQL and PHP4 as development tools as well as the multiplatform use of OpenGL. Includes CD.

ActionScript for Multiplayer Games and Virtual Worlds

ActionScript for Multiplayer Games and Virtual Worlds

Author: Jobe Makar

Publisher: New Riders

ISBN: 9780321679468

Category: Computers

Page: 313

View: 986

The demand for multiplayer games and virtual worlds has exploded over the last few years. Not only do companies want them for site stickiness through social networking, but developers have tremendous interest in exploring this niche area. While developing multiplayer content is challenging, it isn’t as difficult as you might think, and it is fun and highly rewarding! ActionScript for Multiplayer Games and Virtual Worlds explains fundamental multiplayer concepts from connecting to a server to real-time latency hiding techniques. In this book you’ll learn: How to connect users to achieve real-time interaction When to make decisions on the server versus the game client Time synchronization techniques How to use dead reckoning smoothing to hide network latency About tile-based games the isometric view Techniques for customizing and rendering avatars in a virtual world In addition, you’ll learn everything that goes into building: A real-time multiplayer tank battle game A real-time multilayer cooperative game A virtual world

Multiplayer

Multiplayer

Author: Thorsten Quandt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134092260

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 252

View: 441

In the past decade, digital games have become a widely accepted form of media entertainment, moving from the traditional 'core gamer' community into the mainstream media market. With millions of people now enjoying gaming as interactive entertainment there has been a huge increase in interest in social multiplayer gaming activities. However, despite the explosive growth in the field over the past decade, many aspects of social gaming still remain unexplored, especially from a media and communication studies perspective. Multiplayer: Social Aspects of Digital Gaming is the first edited volume of its kind that takes a closer look at the various forms of human interaction in and around digital games, providing an overview of debates, past and present. The book is divided into five sections that explore the following areas: Social Aspects of Digital Gaming Social Interactions in Virtual Worlds Online Gaming Co-located and Console Gaming Risks and Challenges of Social Gaming This engaging interdisciplinary book will appeal to upper level students, postgrads and researchers in games research, specifically those focusing on new media and digital games, as well as researchers in media studies and mass communication.

The Multiplayer Classroom

The Multiplayer Classroom

Author: Lee Sheldon

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781000039009

Category: Computers

Page: 338

View: 472

Go beyond gamification’s badges and leaderboards with the new edition of the book, first published in 2011, that helped transform education. Going far beyond the first edition of The Multiplayer Classroom, forthrightly examining what worked and what didn’t over years of development, here are the tools to design any structured learning experience as a game to engage your students, raise their grades, and ensure their attendance. Suitable for use in the classroom or the boardroom, this book features a reader-friendly style that introduces game concepts and vocabulary in a logical way. Also included are case studies, both past and present, from others teaching in their own multiplayer classrooms around the world. You don't need any experience making games or even playing games to use this book. You don’t even need a computer. Yet, you will join many hundreds of educators who have learned how to create multiplayer games for any age on any subject. Lee Sheldon began his writing career in television as a writer-producer, eventually writing more than 200 shows ranging from Charlie’s Angels (writer) to Edge of Night (head writer) to Star Trek: The Next Generation (writer-producer). Having written and designed more than 40 commercial and applied video games, Lee spearheaded the first full writing for games concentration in North America at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the second writing concentration at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he is now a professor of practice. Lee is a regular lecturer and consultant on game design and writing in the United States and abroad. His most recent commercial game, the award-winning The Lion’s Song, is currently on Steam.

Massively Multiplayer Games For Dummies

Massively Multiplayer Games For Dummies

Author: Scott Jennings

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780471793113

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 342

View: 271

Intrigued by MMGs? Here's the place to start Compare games, create a character, choose a guild to join, and have some fun! So your friend keeps talking about playing this cool game with millions of people on the Internet, and you really want to join in? Great idea! This book will let you in on the lingo, provide a little background on MMGs, help you choose a character, and prepare you for a trip into the fantasy world. Discover how to * Choose a game you'll enjoy * Start developing a character * Survive player vs. player combat * Find useful gameplay guides * Slay more monsters * Team up with other players

Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games

Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games

Author: R.V. Kelly 2

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786455287

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 207

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This book is about the fastest growing form of electronic game in the world—the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG). The evolution of these self-contained three-dimensional virtual worlds, often inhabited by thousands of players, is described here. This work also delves into the psychology of the people who inhabit the game universe and explores the development of the unique cultures, economies, moral codes, and slang in these virtual communities. It explains how the games are built, the spin-offs that players create to enhance their game lives, and peeks at the future of MMORPGs as they evolve from a form of amusement to an educational, scientific, and business tool. Based on hundreds of interviews over a three-year period, the work explores reasons people are attracted to and addicted to these games. It also surveys many existing and upcoming games, identifying their unique features and attractions. Two appendices list online addiction organizations and MMORPG information sites.

Multiplayer Online Games

Multiplayer Online Games

Author: Guo Freeman

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781351649964

Category: Computers

Page: 166

View: 328

Multiplayer Online Games (MOGs) have become a new genre of "play culture," integrating communication and entertainment in a playful, computer-mediated environment that evolves through user interaction. This book comprehensively reviews the origins, players, and social dynamics of MOGs, as well as six major empirical research methods used in previous works to study MOGs (i.e., observation/ethnography, survey/interviews, content and discourse analysis, experiments, network analysis, and case studies). It concludes that MOGs represent a highly sophisticated, networked, multimedia and multimodal Internet technology, which can construct entertaining, simultaneous, persistent social virtual worlds for gamers. Overall, the book shows that what we can learn from MOGs is how games and gaming, as ubiquitous activities, fit into ordinary life in today’s information society, in the moments where the increased use of media as entertainment, the widespread application of networked information technologies, and participation in new social experiences intersect.

Unity Multiplayer Games

Unity Multiplayer Games

Author: Alan R. Stagner

Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9781849692335

Category: Computers

Page: 242

View: 949

An easy-to-follow, tutorial manner that uses the learning-by-example approach. If you are a developer who wants to start making multiplayer games with the Unity game engine, this book is for you. This book assumes you have some basic experience with programming. No prior knowledge of the Unity IDE is required.

Stochastic Multiplayer Games

Stochastic Multiplayer Games

Author: Michael Ummels

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9789085550402

Category: Computers

Page: 174

View: 468

Stochastic games provide a versatile model for reactive systems that are affected by random events. This dissertation advances the algorithmic theory of stochastic games to incorporate multiple players, whose objectives are not necessarily conflicting. The basis of this work is a comprehensive complexity-theoretic analysis of the standard game-theoretic solution concepts in the context of stochastic games over a finite state space. One main result is that the constrained existence of a Nash equilibrium becomes undecidable in this setting. This impossibility result is accompanied by several positive results, including efficient algorithms for natural special cases.

Multiplayer Gaming and Engine Coding for the Torque Game Engine

Multiplayer Gaming and Engine Coding for the Torque Game Engine

Author: Edward F. Maurina

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781439871126

Category: Computers

Page: 450

View: 236

Multiplayer Gaming and Engine Coding for the Torque Game Engine shows game programmers how to get the most out of the Torque Game Engine (TGE), which is an inexpensive professional game engine available from GarageGames. This book allows people to make multiplayer games with TGE and also tells them how to improve their games by modifying the engine source code itself. After reading this book and completing the exercises on the accompanying CD, game programmers will be well prepared to make their own complex, exciting games using the Torque Game Engine.