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OfflineJackal
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Million User Video Game
    #1500038 - 04/28/03 07:03 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

The first online computer game designed to accommodate a million simultaneous players will be previewed on Friday.

The game, called Rekonstruction, is not scheduled for commercial release until autumn 2004. But some of the challenges involved with building it will be revealed at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in Santa Clara, California.

Creating a large virtual world that does not repeat itself is very time consuming and hence expensive, says Chris DiBona of Damage Studios, the company behind the game. The large multiplayer games currently online usually take one world and then repeat it. For example, the game Everquest supports 450,000 users, but is split into 32 segregated segments.

In contrast, Rekonstruction will aim to provide up to a million users with a single unique world. To try to overcome the problem of creating the vast amount of unique content needed, automated programs will be employed to generate the virtual world with a minimum of intervention from human programmers.

Furthermore, the players themselves will generate new content by reconstructing their world - the game is set 400 years into the future after a catastrophic asteroid strike devastates Earth.

Some online games have begun to blur the line between gameplay and reality. In Everquest, some virtual items can be bought and sold for real money through trading sites like eBay. DiBona thinks the scale of Rekonstruction could increase this phenomenon.

Andy Phelps, an expert in computer game design at the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, says the game is technologically possible. But he thinks the unprecedented scale could present unforeseen problems. "It will dwarf the scale of what we've had up until now," he says.

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Re: Million User Video Game [Re: Jackal]
    #1500041 - 04/28/03 07:16 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

The day they have full 3D games with that many users... is the day I will buy that game...


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Re: Million User Video Game [Re: 3DSHROOM]
    #1500083 - 04/28/03 08:49 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Jeez some people are impossible to please. :wink:

Either way, some pretty hardcore hardware will be required serverside!


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Re: Million User Video Game [Re: Jackal]
    #1504331 - 04/29/03 02:16 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I am very surprised this is being planned so soon. I was an evercrackhead and there was always people saying their server had the most powerful guilds and most Uber characters( This game has ruined my vocabulary :smirk:) this would allow for some serious time to be wasted. 


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Re: Million User Video Game [Re: sir tripsalot]
    #1505449 - 04/29/03 07:41 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

well #Dshroom here you go http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1103-978499.html
3d is here now!


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Re: Million User Video Game [Re: Jackal]
    #1506013 - 04/29/03 10:49 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

jeez.. and to think, 15 years ago, my red dot was shooting little white dots at these bigger red blobs....


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Re: Million User Video Game [Re: sir tripsalot]
    #1506664 - 04/30/03 03:59 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I've avoided EverCrack, I just know it'll fuck my social life up bad. Diablo II had a big impact, and I'm gonna find it hard to resist World Of Warcraft.!


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Re: Million User Video Game [Re: Jackal]
    #1506839 - 04/30/03 07:01 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Thats totally badass. Id like to hear what kind of server cluster they're thinking about using-


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Re: Million User Video Game [Re: Scarfmeister]
    #1514902 - 05/02/03 03:12 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Ive been playing a MMORPG called Asherons Call since Nov 99.
I dont play that much anymore, but there was a time where i spend almost all my free time playing.


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Re: Million User Video Game [Re: cerebral gortex]
    #1555865 - 05/17/03 10:08 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Whats wrong, doesn't anyone like reality anymore?


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Re: Million User Video Game [Re: Jackal]
    #1556943 - 05/17/03 11:37 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)


One day will come, when you put on the videohelmet and you never, never want to come out. 'Cause reality is shit, and cyberspace is God.

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Re: Million User Video Game [Re: Murex]
    #1557378 - 05/18/03 06:40 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

i think i lost a summer to Ultima Online... 16 hours a day atleast.. sleeping by the computer... damn.. what a fun fucking universe. More addictive than drugs though if you ask me.


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Re: Million User Video Game [Re: Grav]
    #1557635 - 05/18/03 01:00 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

that'll be insane!  i don't think it can be done by sept 04 though.  they will need such boss serverside systems they will go bankrupt :wink: 

a friend makes around $500 - $700 a month playing EQ and selling items.  Pretty crazy...

nice avatar Gray, Earthbound rocks.  They are supposed to re-release Mother and Earthbound for the GBA sometime soon....


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Re: Million User Video Game [Re: Squid]
    #1559243 - 05/19/03 03:14 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

10six came out 3 years ago, it was supposed to support 1 million people. I don't think it's fanbase was over several hundred.


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Re: Million User Video Game [Re: billy cuts]
    #1559321 - 05/19/03 04:26 AM (13 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

a friend makes around $500 - $700 a month playing EQ and selling items. Pretty crazy...




I actually find that kind of fascinating that someone can actually make real world money by playing a virtual world game. I think we will see more of this kind of thing. The personal immersion which these MMOGs involve creates an interesting social phenomena. There is a whole William Gibson quality to them which I find very interesting -- they are, after all, the closest thing we really have to "cyberspace"...

I don't know. I've kind of got my eye on Star Wars Galaxies when it gets out of beta, but I don't really know if I have the time. I'm already eating up too much time, here, at Shroomery Galaxies... :wink:


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