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FreeMMG: A Scalable and Cheat-Resistant Distribution Model for Internet Games

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6 Author(s)
Cecin, F.R. ; Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul Porto Alegre ; Real, R. ; de Oliveira Jannone, R. ; Geyer, C.F.R.
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State-of-the-art Massively Multiplayer Games such as EverQuest and Ultima Online are currently implemented as client-server systems. Although this approach allows the development of commercially viable MMG services, the costs associated with running a scalable client-server MMG service are often too high for small companies or research projects. This paper proposes FreeMMG, a mixed peer-to-peer and client-server approach to the distribution aspect ofMMGs. It is argued that the FreeMMG model supports scalable, cheat-resistant, massively multiplayer realtime strategy (RTS) games using a lightweight server that delegates the bulk of the game simulation to the clients. A working prototype game called FreeMMG Wizards is presented, together with some preliminary scalability test results featuring up to 300 simulated game clients connected to a FreeMMG server. The results show that the measured server traffic can be considered very low if compared with more centralized alternatives.

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Distributed Simulation and Real-Time Applications, 2004. DS-RT 2004. Eighth IEEE International Symposium on

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21-23 Oct. 2004