AuthorsC. Griwodz and P. Halvorsen
EditorsB. N. Levine and M. Claypool
TitleThe Fun of Using TCP for an MMORPG
AfilliationCommunication Systems, Communication Systems
Publication TypeProceedings, refereed
Year of Publication2006
Conference NameNetwork and Operating System Support for Digital Audio and Video (NOSSDAV 2006)
Date PublishedMay
PublisherACM Press
ISBN Number1-59593-285-2

Massive multi-player online games have become a popular, fast growing, multi-million industry with a very high user mass supporting hundreds or thousands of concurrent players. In many cases, these games are centralized and every player communicates with the central server through a time-critical unicast event stream. Funcom's Anarchy Online is one of these; it is based on TCP. We find that its kind of traffic has some interesting properties that inspire changes to protocol or architecture. In these game streams, using TCP is not TCP-friendly, using TCP does not have to be slower than using UDP, and only repeated timeouts ruin game experience. Improving the latter in the sender implementation does not impose any remarkable penalty on the network. Alternatively, a proxy architecture for multiplexing could save about 40% resources at the server, allow congestion control to work and also reduce the lag of the game.


received the best paper award

Citation KeyGriwodz.2006.1