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MMO-Like Quake Is Possible 50

An anonymous reader writes "OptimalGrid is a self-contained middleware designed for developers to create grid-enabled parallel applications without themselves becoming experts in grid or high-performance computing (article). The Linux compatible middleware now includes automatic distribution and provisioning on to Grid nodes. See how the first release of Quake II was made massively multi-player [pdf] by running on a Grid. Get modified Quake II from Sourceforge to run with OptimalGrid and let the massive Grid games begin." Update: 09/19 16:12 GMT by Z : Marked the pdf as such.
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MMO-Like Quake Is Possible

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  • by MindStalker ( 22827 ) <mindstalker.gmail@com> on Monday September 19, 2005 @10:58AM (#13596434) Journal
    Nothing to say but damn you large unoptimized pdf!
  • mmm Quake 2. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by GoNINzo ( 32266 ) <GoNINzo@NOSPaM.yahoo.com> on Monday September 19, 2005 @10:59AM (#13596438) Journal
    I love the concept! Back in the day, we tested a couple 64 player matches, and WOW was it insane. What was kind of neat is that we made 'no fire' zones, so people could just go and chill.

    Now, to find my quake 2 install directory.. hrm.. (You need Quake 2 to play this, obviously) (And yes, same GoNINzo from GameSpy. heh)

  • An action-packed MMO that actually requires honed reflexes to replace MMO's major weakness (the boring click-n-level) along with possible story/quest potential to replace FPS's major weakness (obituary editors writing storylines.)

    MMO's and FPS are the two most popular game genres.

    With their powers combined IT IS CAPTAIN FPMMOS, the first-person massively-multiplayer online shooter. (or FPSMMO/MMOFPS, but i like mine betta ;)

    Seriously, when we get a good combination of the two I will SO buy it. And I'm sure
    • Re:Awesome (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Scuff ( 59882 )
      Planetside has already been running as a MMOFPS for what, two years now? I think all they've demonstrated is that noone wants to pay a monthly fee for an FPS
      • Re:Awesome (Score:3, Insightful)

        by GeckoX ( 259575 )
        Ehh? I thought Halo proved the exact opposite.
        • Re:Awesome (Score:2, Insightful)

          by Scuff ( 59882 )
          halo is neither massively multiplayer nor does it require a monthly fee, so i'm not sure what you're talking about.
          • Re:Awesome (Score:2, Informative)

            by GeckoX ( 259575 )
            Post I was replying to stated, and I quote:

            I think all they've demonstrated is that noone wants to pay a monthly fee for an FPS

            And for my other post, sure, you don't _have_ to pay for xbox live to play halo, but as was my point, people _do_ pay for xbox live to play halo.

            I'm quite sure of what I'm talking about. I think the better question is are you listening?
      • Meanwhile thousands of FPS game servers are being maintained by people who pay a monthly fee for (you guessed it) a First-person-shooter. You think FPS servers grow on tree BOI!

        Planetside is one of the few (only?) proof-of concepts. It's 2 and a half years old, and it got crappy reviews when it released. Planetside only proves 'getting it right the first time' is a hard thing to do.

        Just because the ONLY example sucks doesn't mean the genre will.
      • Planetside has a lot of issues. It's only about 50% that people won't pay the monthly fee for it. The other 50% is are those issues. I'm not going to rehash it yet again, but there have been outright bugs in the game for its entire run which the developers have passed off as intentional and inflexible design, or even as trivial and not worth fixing, and in one case very bad and difficult to fix, so they'd fix minor things first. Which they often said weren't worth fixing.

        Honestly, Planetside's an excellent
        • Just like Neocron. Neocron is a MMORPG with a combat model that comes quite close to a shooter. Great concept, great atmosphere (despite the somewhat dated graphics), but it suffers from lag and bugs that have existed for ages.

          I'm still playing, but I'm also looking for other games that will pick up the concept and do it better.
      • Yes and hardly anyone EVER plays Counter Strike?
      • Yea but have you ever played planet side? Me and my brother (who is a hardcore MMO player) both had accounts and needless to say we did not keep them very long. Concept was good but nothing to keep you coming back plus the "lag" was terrible even on cable. Nothing more fun then taking a base then loosing it within the next few hours. pointless.
      • I currently have a subscription to Planetside and a majority of the problems discussed have been long solved. I experience zero lag, and rarely ever find a bug (I've fallen through the terrain once in 3 months). Back when I was a beta tester for the game, things were a different story. I chose not to buy the game when it went retail becaused IMO they were selling people a beta.

        The problem with Planetside is two fold. Small playerbase has caused a majority of the game world to be abandoned for most of th
    • Re:Awesome (Score:4, Interesting)

      by LoRdTAW ( 99712 ) on Monday September 19, 2005 @01:57PM (#13597736)
      I agree. One this about half life 2 that pissed me off was that the game play was totally linear when it could have been dynamic and fit the story better. What would be friggen awesome was if highway 17 bought you to different areas with different and multiple goals to complete. Like goto the coast and retrieve a special key that will unlock a door back in town where you started off. and have the damn areas change! More interaction with NPC's would be a big plus not just some random cannon fodder. perhaps the first time you roll into town you fight a little and achieve your goal. then you have to come back later only to find yourself in the middle of a combine raid. Maybe even trains could get you around the city too. I want dynamic game play not this continuous path to keep charging through. City 17 should be one big ass map not 100 maps stringed together.

      And didn't some company try to make an RPG type shooter with the doom engine called strife?
      • Freedom Fighters has gameplay kind of like that. It's a 3rd person shooter though... But it's really good and I'd recommend you to try it.
  • Hey, Rob et. al. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by wowbagger ( 69688 ) on Monday September 19, 2005 @11:07AM (#13596493) Homepage Journal
    Hey /crew - how about having Slash automatically put a [PDF] after a PDF link - so we know we are about to download a huge PDF rather than going to a link?
  • added lag (Score:5, Insightful)

    by FadedTimes ( 581715 ) on Monday September 19, 2005 @11:10AM (#13596529)
    70ms of added lag between servers, I wonder how much that effects twitch reaction and firing accuracy.
    • In my experience the added lag of 70ms may make the game
      unplayable. My connection latency (on DSL) is about 100ms. Anything
      above 150ms is too much lag for me.

      On the bright side, it looks like the grid nodes are wired to be able
      to talk to any other node in two hops (a -> whiteboard -> b) so that
      latency isn't proportional to the number of nodes.
      • This is what latency correction is designed to solve. Obviously such a system as this would almost require latency correction.

        However with latency correction, the added 70ms are trivial, as in they wouldn't affect performance.

        In my experience anything over 50ms is too much for me, unless there is latency correction. Then I'm comfortable up to about 200 or 250ms. Not that I couldn't play with more, it's just that when you're on a DSL connection and pinging more than 250ms to a server, chances are you've got
  • by GoNINzo ( 32266 )
    This is just a way to take a very complex 'flow' program and convert it to a massive group of computers doing it instead of just one. In this case, they took quake and made it so you can spread users across multiple computers, but it's designed for intranet use.

    So, an ISP could take a popular multiplayer game, setup some grid servers, and a couple proxy servers, and then get 100 people to join the game. This is not exactly the same as making it massively multiplayer because the world is still the same si

    • The "OptimalGrid" technology only runs on an intranet. The game itself can run on the internet via proxy servers and modified game servers.

      I know this is Slashdot where you're not supposed to read the article before commenting on it but reading parts of the article and then spreading false information is far, far worse.
    • by thing12 ( 45050 ) on Monday September 19, 2005 @12:48PM (#13597260) Homepage
      This is not exactly the same as making it massively multiplayer because the world is still the same size, and I'm unsure if the client could handle all the actors being on the screen at the same time.....Ideally, we want something similar to the Unreal 2 idea, where you have people getting passed from server to server to server, and the place is massive.

      Just because they didn't make a world that's 100x larger it doesn't mean that it's not possible now. The PDF indicates that the world is partitioned into discrete pieces and server partitioning is done automatically - and players are passed between the servers on demand. IMHO, it seems exactly like what you're saying.

  • So this is.. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Achoi77 ( 669484 ) on Monday September 19, 2005 @12:07PM (#13596990)
    took a quick look at the pdf, and it seems like this idea is nothing really more than having a series of localized proxy-type servers that sort of act as middle men that communicate between the servers and the clients.

    I don't see how this is anything unique and different from how other mmo's are currently deployed, and there are still the same problems that plague mmos. For example, one of the things they mentioned was the partitioning of the world map into discrete pieces. To help reduce load, sure. But what happens when everbody tries to 'storm the base' all at once?

    When the pvp patch came out for World of Warcraft, serveral of the largest guilds of my server (Mannoroth) for opposing factions got together to siege/defend a capital city. (I'm trying to be as vague as possible to please bear with me) The problem isn't when you have a full raid party of 40 vs another party of 40, but rather when you have multiple raid parties vs multiple raid parties. We were in Orgrimmar, and we were being stormed by almost 300+ alliance, with almost just as many Horde waiting to defend. The load got so heavy the server crashed several times (nevermind the fact that the sheer number of ppl on the screen caused video cards to choke). The lag got so bad, ppl have given up on massive sieges altogether.

    Massive sieges are still the holy grail of online gaming. I don't think it'll happen anytime soon.

    • I think there's a simple answer to the client problems, at least.

      For everyone except, say, the dozen or so most relevant charaters on screen (relevant being defined by proximity and whether they're directly affecting you), replace all other people with sprites instead of models. They don't even have to be animated, if static sprites would help the load better (don't know enough about this sort of thing to hazard a guess). You still get to see the locations of everyone and the sheer numbers of them, they jus
      • quake2 is strange in this aspect. the rendering code is so optimized that the main part that slows it down is that the network code needs to run before each frame, resulting in overloaded network buffer.

        quake2 can easly handle 1024 (max entities) models of the player model being rendered at the same time.

        this is all of course vanilla quake2 and some mods fix these. however i cannot think of any mod that has fixed the rendering/networking code. when i get my files back i will finish fixing it in LiteGL quake
        • I think what you're trying to say is that shitty graphics can be a lot easier for a system to render. *grin*

          Quake 2 is/was the single worst FPS in gaming history, for my money...it was complete and utter crap. It became popular I'm assuming because

          a) It was the first game IIRC that people could make mods for with a genuine programming language, and

          b) Because the graphics were so awful comparitively speaking, it was somewhat more hardware efficient than other games which *didn't* make your eyes bleed if you
          • It became popular because

            a) it came out at the right time and had pretty good mechanics and gameplay.

            b) Everything looked like ass then, remember this was back in the times when unreal 1 was supposed to be *gorgeous* with it's 15 poly models
    • >Massive sieges are still the holy grail of online gaming. I don't think it'll happen anytime soon.

      I take it you haven't played Lineage 2, have you ?
      It was designed with massive confrontation in mind, and the number of people fighting you describe fits it well.

      There is some lag, yes, but nothing unplayable unless you are on 56k. No player ever said in Lineage 2 that the game can't take massive battles and should stay away from it.

      As for choking video cards, that is what the minimum frame option is for, a
  • Oh wait, but then there would be 4 proxies with a limit of 1 player each...
  • Welcome to last week (Score:5, Interesting)

    by sYn pHrEAk ( 526867 ) on Monday September 19, 2005 @01:15PM (#13597439) Homepage Journal
    PlanetSide [planetside.com] anyone?
    • With this data, any FPS can be made MMO. This is important, because S.O.E. (Sony Online Entertainment) would have you believe that it takes years of development and hundreds of thousands of dollars to accomplish -- and to not even be that good at it, IIRC. Planetside flat out sucked, and it failed to be what they wanted it to be -- but if you take something like Battlefield 2, and extend it across 4 or 5 servers, you then have the propensity for actual battles between hordes of people, something that Plan
      • I used to play PlanetSide (for nearly two years) there were regularly huge zergs, with 300-500 people on a single map (often with almost all of them zerging a single area). I say 300-500 as they ended up putting a cap to level on to split up the zergs and by capping the percentage of slots a single faction could use on one 'continent' to limit the ability of a team to simply 'zerg' a continent filling up the first few hundred slots up thereby dominating it unopposed it by sheer force of numbers. In the proc
  • I've been a fan of the Grand Theft Auto series since the beginning, loved the style and gameplay of every single game. Watching my mate play World of Warcraft the other day, and I realised how many game mechanics are the same.
    I initially noticed it when he entered a new area and it popped up with the "suburb name" and I thought, "Heh, just like in GTA" then I noticed the map, the style, the way people give you quests, and (in San Andreas, anyway) the skill development.
    I've played Multi Theft Auto [mtavc.com] and it'

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