amanda at alfar.com
Mon Oct 6 15:05:24 New Zealand Daylight Time 2003
On Oct 6, 2003, at 5:51 AM, Daniel.Harman at barclayscapital.com wrote:
> Well I'd argue that the 3d engine is the least of your problems
> anyway. Its generating the meshes, the the textures, the music,
> the sounds, the animations.
Sure. There are plenty of examples of good-quality content being
built on a budget or for free (notably the FPS mod scene).
> Until recently most buy in engines were woefully inadequate for
> outdoor terrain anyway. Even now, very few are suited to zoneless
> spooling in of data*.
None of the most successful games today are zoneless, so I don't
think that is a constaint. A desireable, certainly, but not a
> Beyond those issues, 3d games require considerably more bandwitdth
> than a text mud (in the order of 1k a sec is a typical target),
> which makes it hard to justify if you aren't billing.
Why? This is less than running an Internet radio station, which is
a huge cottage industry. Bandwidth is cheap these days, as is
hosting center space. Hobbyist-shoestring cheap only for a small
number of players, but definitely small-company cheap. Cheaper than
leasing office space.
> The server code is also by necessity considerably more complex as
> you can't make simple assumptions about rooms, but instead have to
> have complicated spatial partitioning routines to limit working
> set size. Hell even writing path finding for a 3d game is a
> monumental task compared to in a mud.
Sure, but how many people actually write MUD server code? Most text
MUDs are based on pre-written server code bases already. It's hard
enough to get conversations going about implementation here on
mud-dev, which is allegedly full of implementors and tinkerers.
I'm not arguing that rolling your own doesn't have advantages. But
if you have a great game idea, you can start building it now, on a
small budget, without having to start with sand and a hot fire.
I've heard a number of complaints that graphical MUDs are
necessarily big and expensive to build because you have to reinvent
a whole pile of wheels before you can ever get started. I think
that claim is wrong.
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