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A Framework for Inconsistency Analysis and Control of Massively Multiplayer Online Games

Zheng Da Wu
Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia

Abstract— Inconsistency is a challenge with many delay-sensitive Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs). In this paper, a framework for inconsistency analysis and control is proposed. A typical situation, called hot-spot region, is considered for resolving this problem, since it is one of major causes of the inconsistency. Stochastic models are presented to abstract the operations of a MMOG in the context of our goal, particularly for examining the impact of various system characteristics and player behaviors on the inconsistency. A definition of game inconsistency together with a method for computing inconsistency rate is also provided. By using our models, we carry out inconsistency analysis quantitatively and obtain a deep insight into its behavior. Based on our analysis, we develop a mechanism for inconsistency control in the context of hot-spot region, so as to illustrate our approach in this area.

Index Terms—massive multiplayer online games, federated MMOG p2p architecture, queuing theory and Markov processes, performance modeling.

Cite:Zheng Da Wu, "A Framework for Inconsistency Analysis and Control of Massively Multiplayer Online Games," Journal of Communications, vol. 4, no.10, pp.803-814, 2009. Doi: 10.4304/jcm.4.10.803-814


 

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