Design Issues for Peer-to-Peer Massively Multiplayer Online Games.

Fan, Lu, Trinder, Phil and Taylor, Hamish (2010) Design Issues for Peer-to-Peer Massively Multiplayer Online Games. International Journal of Advanced Media & Communication (IJAMC), 4 (2). pp. 108-125. ISSN 1462-4613


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Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs) are increasing in both popularity and scale, and while classical Client/Server (C/S) architectures convey some benefits, they suffer from significant technical and commercial drawbacks. This realisation has sparked intensive research interest in adapting MMOGs to Peer-to-Peer (P2P) architectures. This paper articulates a comprehensive set of six design issues to be addressed by P2P MMOGs, namely Interest Management (IM), game event dissemination, Non-Player Character (NPC) host allocation, game state persistency, cheating mitigation and incentive mechanisms. Design alternatives for each issue are systematically compared, and their interrelationships discussed. We further evaluate how well representative P2P MMOG architectures fulfil the design criteria.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1462-4613
Uncontrolled Keywords: P2P; peer-to-peer; MMOGs; massively multiplayer online games; interest management; event dissemination; task distribution; distribution storage; anti-cheating; collaboration incentives; design alternatives; non-player characters; NPC host allocation; game state persistency; cheating mitigation; incentive mechanisms;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 003 Systems > 003.3 Computer modelling & simulation
700 Arts & recreation > 790 Sports, games & entertainment > 794 Indoor games of skill
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Item ID: 3974
Depositing User: Professor Bill Buchanan
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2010 11:15
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2012 11:29

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