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Topic: Multiplayer Games

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  Game Studies - Interaction Forms and Communicative Actions in Multiplayer Games
Even multiplayer games have fundamental problems in supporting rich social activity, and, thus, players constantly seek work-arounds and external support in order to fulfil their need to socialize.
In games in which the appearance of the avatar is modifiable (e.g., by acquiring special equipment and clothing), appearance is one of the most distinctive features separating veteran players from beginners.
Although contemporary multiplayer games would seem to have an adequate level of communication support and engaging representational features to enhance the computer-mediated interaction, there are still huge gaps to be bridged.
www.gamestudies.org /0301/manninen   (5790 words)

 2004 Multiplayer of the Year by Game Tunnel
There where some great multiplayer games that didn't even get considered this year, like the indie console game Alien Hominid, which features some fun co-operative play, the addictive massively online multiplayer puzzle game Puzzle Pirates, and the cool RTS game I of the Enemy that has some great multiplayer action for up to 8 people.
The speed of the game leads to an intense single-player mode, and if for some reason you weren't sweating enough while playing that mode, the option to hook up two mice to the computer and have each person control their own chromate in a split-screen speedathon is available.
While the single player game is certainly alright on its own, it doesn't compare at all to the fun that can be had by playing the game as a multiplayer over the web.
www.gametunnel.com /articles.php?id=354   (1318 words)

 GameDev.net - The Essentials of Multiplayer Games
In single-machine multiplayer games, the main game loop must call the engine to process each player involved in the game; this includes getting input from them, moving them, rendering their view, and computing any other logic associated with them in the game.
In a local multiplayer game, the game loop only needs to process one player, the player on the machine which the game is running, then send information about the player out to the other machines and accept information about the other players (if needed) in return.
Networked multiplayer games are similar to local multiplayer games, but a client/server model is generally used whereby each machine transmits its data to one server, then gets information about other players back from the server.
www.gamedev.net /reference/articles/article722.asp   (1798 words)

 Cheating: Multiplayer Gaming's Achilles' heel? | TwitchGuru   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Games as far back as Doom have featured pre-programmed cheats (added by the developer himself) to allow those that are stuck to move through the game with reduced difficulty.
However, these were all cheats for the single player game, and it wasn't until relatively recently that cheats of the same nature were introduced to multiplayer gaming, as well.
Cheating is now close to destroying entire gaming communities (Counter-Strike anyone?), and it's gotten to a point where developers are having to spend a large portion of their research and development time creating barriers against the individuals who program and utilize such cheats.
www.tomshardware.com /game/20030517/index.html   (1146 words)

 Multiplayer Games - Free Online Games.com
Embark in a 3d virtual multiplayer sword fighting where people come from all over the world to defend their honor.
Play a classic game of chinese checkers against your computer with the option of 6 players.
But, this game take you to a new heights of adventure and mystery.
multiplayer-games.freeonlinegames.com   (208 words)

 Multiplayer game - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Networked multiplayer games tend to be most enjoyable when played on a LAN because it essentially eliminates problems common in Internet play, such as lag and rude, anonymous players.
Play-by-email games are multiplayer games that use email as the method of communication between computers.
Socially, games companies can demand a subscription fee for access to the game network which is non-refundable, so they can effectively fine cheaters for cheating.They may also issue "patches" to the users of a certain game (usually via internet download) that effectively fix glitches in the code that cheaters often exploit to their advantage.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Multiplayer   (1004 words)

 Puzzle Online, free multiplayer games
Multiplayer games are games that can played by a number of people either against or in cooperation with eachother.
If you want you can see a preview of our new free multiplayer games development I try to release the new games within a month, you will find them on this website.
The free games website is finally online as well as the download page where you can finally download games with multiplayer support.
www.puzzle-online.com   (324 words)

 The Definitive Multiplayer PPC Game Roundup — over 60 games tested
Typically, with games that support and/or require a server, you connect to a central (which, in most cases, is run by the game developer) server on the Internet to look for opponents/games to join.
Game authors/developers should not disable the network option in their trial versions (if they release the latter at all) because, this way, it's highly possible I have missed (as with would-like customers) some otherwise great games.
MP games (one of them would be an interesting fighter games a'la Street Fighter 2) announced over half a year ago have not been released yet either.
www.pocketpcmag.com /blogs/menneisyys/102005MPPPCGames.asp   (14252 words)

 Online game - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
These games were frequently based on fantasy settings, using rules similar to those in the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons.
Many games originally released in the 1980s, such as Pac-Man and Frogger, were recreated as games that could be played using the Flash plugin on a webpage.
Massively multiplayer online games were made possible with the growth of broadband Internet access in many developed countries, using the Internet to allow hundreds of thousands of players to play the same game together.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Online_Multiplayer_Games   (801 words)

 Designing For Behavior In Massive Multiplayer Games - Forbes.com (via CobWeb/3.1 planet2.scs.cs.nyu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
In his keynote speech, “Designing for Behavior in Massive Multiplayer Games,” which opened up the second day of the Serious Games Summit, Emmert described some of the ways game designers keep players kicking evildoer butt around futuristic Paragon City.
The problem is this: All massively multiplayer games (we’ll call them MMPs) have a churn rate, consisting of people who try out the game but then, for whatever reason, stop playing.
This means if you play only casually and you’re not that powerful, you can still log in and play with hard-core gaming friends: by becoming their sidekick, you gain protection and can follow them into parts of the game world that would otherwise be way too dangerous.
www.forbes.com.cob-web.org:8888 /digitalentertainment/2006/10/31/mmorpgs-game-design-tech-media_cx_de_1031gamedesign.html?partner=moreover   (1156 words)

 GameSpy.com - Game of the Year - 2004
It's one of the best multiplayer games out there, and certainly the best on the PS2 this year.
Hundreds of hours of multiplayer excitement are at the palms of your hands.
Mario Golf Advance Tour was also one of the games to support the Wireless Adapter, eliminating the tangle of wires and the too-close-for-comfort feeling that comes with four-player GBA-games.
goty.gamespy.com /2004/multiplayer   (317 words)

 GameSpy.com - Gaming's Homepage
While they're hardly new (their history can be traced back to the earliest networked mainframes), no other type of gaming has so much untapped potential.
We trace the origins of the MMOG, from the first multi-user dungeons to what was arguably the first graphic massively multiplayer game, Meridian 59.
We examine the top games that have come out and see what is due out before the year's end.
archive.gamespy.com /amdmmog   (340 words)

 Wired News: Multiplayer Games: Shards Unite!
This enables the game provider to easily and inexpensively ramp up the system to host more players, but it prevents players from interacting with players in other shards.
Bringing those worlds together, and making multiplayer role-playing games bigger and more realistic, will be one of the focuses at the 18th annual Game Developers Conference, scheduled for March 22 to 26 in San Jose, California.
Also on tap for the more than 10,000 developers expected to attend the conference is the Experimental Gameplay Workshop, which will explore how programmers can utilize physics when designing games, as well as two days of lectures and panel discussions on developing games for mobile devices.
www.wired.com /news/games/0,2101,62736,00.html   (585 words)

 Multiplayer Games
Multiplayer Magic has a level of strategy and fun not found in a standard two-player game.
Cards that are dangerous in a two-player game become downright NASTY in multiplayer.
The official multiplayer rulebook from the Battle Royale - multiplayer - boxed set.
www.wizards.com /default.asp?x=magic/rules/multiplayer,,en   (82 words)

 Multiplayer Games Free Online - Heavy Games .com
These free multiplayer games can be played online and some downloaded.
Multiplayer Superyatzy - Superyatzy.com is the game of great shakes and risky rolls now in online multiplayer version!
Super Spoof - Super spoof is a cross between Poker and the English pub game involving coins called Spoof.
multiplayer-games.heavygames.com   (547 words)

 Top 10 PC Games   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
While most of the FiringSquad and gamers crew cut their teeth on Quake, it wouldn't be until years later until I appreciated the game.
The game physics permitted even the lumbering heavy armor to go down the side of a hill, gaining momentum, and with precise use of the jump button and jetpack, he could launch himself into the air from another hill.
Even today these features make Tribes stand out in a crowd of other FPS games, but several years ago when the original Tribes was released, it was downright revolutionary.
www.firingsquad.com /games/top_10_2004/page3.asp   (680 words)

 Multiplayer Video Games Games
- Multiplayer community that discusses existing games as well as upcoming titles.
Most supported games are of the first person shooter variety.
- Covers multiplayer gaming with such features as reviews, news, bots, and downloads.
www.iaswww.com /ODP/Games/Video_Games/Multiplayer   (501 words)

 Free Multiplayer Game - Online Games - NabiscoWorld.com
You will want to jump all over this addictive multiplayer version of the classic game of Checkers.
Don't become a pawn in the NabiscoWorld multiplayer chess circuit.
Enjoy this classic game of strategy in a multiplayer environment.
www.nabiscoworld.com /games/GameCategory.aspx?CategoryId=10004   (178 words)

 GameScene: Multiplayer Games
Other people can challenge you to the game of your choice, or you can challenge someone else to the game that they'd like to play.
Once you are in the game lobby, you can see the other people waiting to play.
The goal of these rules is to make the GameScene Multiplayer Games a better place to play games.
www.gamespark.com   (692 words)

 Loudon County Online   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
With Multiplayer games on the Internet you can have hours and hours of fun online!
Please Note: The websites listed here are not part of the East Tennessee Network and any problems or complaints should go to the appropriate contacts at each of the individual websites.
Game Shows at Boxerjam: Know It All, Strike A Match, Out Of Order, Hollywood Showdown, Take 5, and Napoleon.
loudon.xtn.net /index.php?template=games   (175 words)

 IMG Feature: OS X Week: Multiplayer OS X Games
There were important developments ranging from improved browser-based game support to new games and utilities.
In addition to classic multiplayer games like Checkers and Bingo, The Station has popular versions of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, where you compete against other human players from aroud the world.
In fact, games like Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and Stuart Little are themselves promotions, though they are very well done.
www.insidemacgames.com /features/view.php?ID=171   (585 words)

 Lazerpen's Multiplayer Games!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Internet Gaming Zone - [Freeware] This is another free multiplayer game service over the internet.
Santa Slayer - [Demo], a 3D shooter game where players fly around in Santa's sleigh set in the North Pole.
X Pilot - [Free] This is an asteroid-like game, i guess you have to shoot other ships.
members.aol.com /lazerpen/games.html   (534 words)

 Free online multiplayer interactive games - The ultimate directory of free multi-player games you can play online ...
And they are online games you can play over the Web with a web browser, either HTML only or java games.
Español: (traducción por traducciones del altavista...) Recepción para liberar juegos interactivos multiplayer en línea.
Italiano (traduzione tramite le traduzioni di AltaVista...) Benvenuto a giochi liberi interattivi multiplayer in linea.
fomigames.tripod.com   (709 words)

 Free Online Multiplayer Games
This is a FREE web-based multiplayer strategy game for those who want to jump into a world of politics and dominate the battlefield through words and strength.
Chosen Space is a free web-based massively multiplayer strategy game that gives you the freedom to play in whatever way you wish.
Cantr II is a multi-user, online, mostly text- and webbased simulation game whereby the whole social world is developed by the players.
www.free-games.com.au /Free_Online_Multiplayer_Games   (966 words)

 Kaboose Multiplayer Games
These games are on various servers, and you'll find adults and kids playing.
This is a new area, more games to come as we find them.
Please note that many of these games are on other sites, not part of Kids Domain.
resources.kaboose.com /games/multi.html   (127 words)

 Online Games Corp., onlinegames.com
Space Ace is a fun multiplayer online game that automatically finds someone to play with from all over the world!...
You control a spaceship in a low gravitation ambience, and compete to collect more circle items than your opponent.
The movement of the spaceship is based on real physics, and takes a while to master, but once you do it you will enjoy it very much.
www.onlinegames.com   (66 words)

 Play The Most Popular Online Games & Free Games - iWin.com.
Download fun puzzle games like Mystery Case Files Huntsville, Titanic, Jewel Quest and Mah Jong Quest.
Enjoy your favorite arcade style games like Virtual Villagers, Diner Dash and Zuma.
Play games for the entire family like The Game of Life, Monopoly, Scrabble and Risk.
www.iwin.com   (152 words)

 Online Multiplayer Games Network (OMGN): Home
We're looking for a few good people here at OMGN to continue our expansion and growth in the video game industry.
If you are someone that is self-motivated, a good writer and has an interest in video games, OMGN is looking for you.
As a potential writer at OMGN, you could be at E3 2007 covering the event next year.
www.omgn.com   (145 words)

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