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« on: March 06, 2011, 03:28:51 AM »

I was just wondering... how many of you have planned to have online play mode in you Versus compo game and finally ditched the idea and sticked to offline play just to meet the deadline? Or maybe you've managed to get both modes done?

For my game, TTTCW, I was planning a whole damn heck of an online mode, with lobbies and various game modes (say, 8-player tournament where players fight sequentially in pairs while others can watch and chat and a winner from each pair advances to next round and so on) but after initial fiddling with Player.IO and analysis of the amount of work needed to do it the way I imagined and to gracefully handle all the edge cases (players/watchers joining the room, choosing 8 players for tournament, players dropping, players reconnecting, players lagging, etc.), I've decided to just stick to the offline play with the simplest game mode possible.

That is not to say that I totally abandoned the idea of online play. I'm planning to give it a one more go at some point (although I'm not quite sure that such a game as TTTCW, where each millisecond of control counts, would be appropriate for an online play).

And what are your experiences and thoughts after you got your game done?
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2011, 03:56:09 AM »

Knew I had no time and knowledge to make online work, and designed the game specifically around splitscreen play from the getgo.

This meant a more chaotic, less tactic game, as it meant I needed to use less keys per player (so useable items became powerups instantly used on pickup) and traps couldn't be invisible to other players (you can just see them on the other part of the screen, after all), so I specifically banked on the obfuscating power of chaos and made the game faster.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2011, 04:04:46 AM »

We designed our game for local play, remembering good old hotseat games where you could smash your opponent in the face with the controller when he was too good, because he's sitting right next to you. It's best played with two gamepads in front of the computer, but we have vague plans on a more developed version with network play, and new gameplay features.
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2011, 06:04:23 AM »

Well we did it the other way around, i actually started with the network code (using sockets and c#) and when it was working properly i started adding functionality to the game. The deadline did make us drop some features though :\
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2011, 08:50:02 AM »

I managed to get both done despite having no knowledge of coding for online. I guess it helps that it's a turn based game though.
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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2011, 10:31:37 AM »

I ditched the gameplay to get online mode working.  Giggle
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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2011, 11:29:34 AM »

I did however I was saying from day one that "I will be putting no effort into networking" and would only do networking if I had extra time at the end. I did not have extra time at the end (and in fact had to ditch the music, which I had been excited about  Sad )
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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2011, 04:06:36 PM »

I ditched the gameplay to get online mode working.  Giggle

Sadly, so did I.
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« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2011, 06:53:06 PM »

pretty much the first thing I did sadly. I spent a few days designing and programming a lobby screen (it's in there, just unreachable) and worrying about how the menus would work for two players simultaneously and ended up saying, fuck it, local only.

for the game I ended up making vs. what I originally conceived, losing online play really wasn't that big of a deal.
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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2011, 07:26:58 AM »

I kept online play but only because I threw out all those fancy things like lobbies and server lists.  You connect and it throws you into a game with other players, or with no players Tongue
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« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2011, 08:40:17 AM »

Had to. Real life intervened yet again.
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« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2011, 02:13:54 PM »

We overstretched on art resources instead of programming - would have liked more time to polish the networking of course, but pretty proud of everything I learned and managed to implement.

Even got to add in some networking features I didn't think of like public hosting and game listing.
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« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2011, 05:24:40 AM »

I started the game thinking "Well, if I have the time, I'll look into adding an online mode", then I spent a lot more time than I predicted fixing bugs. :/

I still intend to make a new version with online support.
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« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2011, 09:08:01 AM »

I didn't really plan on implementing online play, and thought I could add it if there were time life. Instead, I finished a little ahead of schedule and just decided to relax.
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« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2011, 09:23:03 AM »

I started with the intention to make the game have only online multiplayer, and why, I did!
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« Reply #15 on: March 10, 2011, 09:56:02 AM »

I started with the intention to make the game have only online multiplayer, and why, I did!
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« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2011, 02:19:11 AM »

We had an online demo running but it was so buggy that we scratched it and invested the last few hours in building a fake AI for practice SP mode.
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« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2011, 02:59:04 AM »

I had the online working, but found it would only work via Hamachi unless I implemeneted UDP punching - which I couldn't find any help about doing. It was a great shame, ended up not entering in the end.
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« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2011, 04:10:29 PM »

I wanted online for mine, but I ditched it. I probably could have added it but I got lazy and didn't work on the game for a month or so. Sad

Online would have helped but I find it pretty enjoyable even local. :D
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« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2011, 04:19:15 PM »

My game wouldn't work without screen peeking.
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