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    Why are there not any multiplayer games available for the Treo line up (or any Palm OS pda/phone for that matter)? It would be cool to see an RPG or action game with multiplayer capabilities. It seems like it would be possible. Any thoughts on this?

    Bill
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    *bump*

    i agree. Any word on this?
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    Why not learn alittle more about palm Software Development and create a game. There's a hugh market out there.

    Goto Handsprings web site and click on developer tab to get more info.
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    Multiplayer games are expensive to maintain- You have to have a dedicated server, and upgrades and redirects are tricky business.

    Also, revenue models for these games are extremely difficult to manage- a web-based multiplayer game, such as battlewang, can make money off of advertising or in-game purchasing. A PDA version could not use advertising effectively (due to the limited screen size), and does not provide the security for ppl to supply their passwords safely.

    A Multiplayer game for the PDA or for a J2ME phone would be really cool, but I think it will be a while before they become financially viable for a company to support. The only viable options i can think of are:
    1) Subscription - very unlikely that ppl will pay for such a thing
    2) Carrier endorsement - By which I mean Sprint would host the service for free, as an enticement for customers. I think this is probably the only viable business model right now.
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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by Infomofo
    Multiplayer games are expensive to maintain- You have to have a dedicated server, and upgrades and redirects are tricky business.

    Also, revenue models for these games are extremely difficult to manage- a web-based multiplayer game, such as battlewang, can make money off of advertising or in-game purchasing. A PDA version could not use advertising effectively (due to the limited screen size), and does not provide the security for ppl to supply their passwords safely.

    A Multiplayer game for the PDA or for a J2ME phone would be really cool, but I think it will be a while before they become financially viable for a company to support. The only viable options i can think of are:
    1) Subscription - very unlikely that ppl will pay for such a thing
    2) Carrier endorsement - By which I mean Sprint would host the service for free, as an enticement for customers. I think this is probably the only viable business model right now.
    [/QUOTE

    Kazzaa, File share, etc have found way to utilize everyone’s computer as a whole.

    You could run a type of Desktop Server/Host app that can communicate with other computer through P2P then sends the info back and fourth between your Treo

    Example:
    You have a Generic Text Web page that does nothing else, except register ip for people requesting a games session. The Web page assigns you a group (based on slot filed). "The group number corresponds to a web page (www.game.com/group) that Generates a Html list of user in that group IP Address. Your computer Download these Ip's (on a time Refresh) establishes small internet connection with those Ip (say 56K).

    Now your computers are function as the server handling all traffic, and processing among the group

    You computer handle all Config and forward it to your phone or palm (using a 56k connection), and vice versa.

    Each users computer will become part of the Server; those reducing the need for a dedicated one.
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    Yes, but what about something like wireless chess with your buddy who also has a Treo 600. Chess Genius has an IR play option. Would a wireless option be that much more difficult? I'm disappointed that I don't see more of that type of wireless game out there.
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    A Small one on one games like that would not be hard to create.

    another idea would be to
    Create a program that will allow you to forward data from your IR to you wireless connection

    Anyone have a link to a good Palm Development Forum "for beginners"
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    There already are multiplayer Palm OS5 games. I was going to get rifleslugs for my Treo because I was a huge fan of Scorched Earth back in the day (or more recently, something like Worms Armageddon). But unfortunately it only supports hi-rez
    They have a low-rez version, but that's not OS 5 compatible. Figures.

    Anyway, with RifleSlugs-W, you can play multiplayer through IR, bluetooth, or TCP/IP.

    http://palm-games.penreader.com/rifleslugs-II/
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    Originally posted by dpuza
    Yes, but what about something like wireless chess with your buddy who also has a Treo 600. Chess Genius has an IR play option. Would a wireless option be that much more difficult? I'm disappointed that I don't see more of that type of wireless game out there.
    Handmark is supposedly working on this feature for it's games, like Battleship, Yahtzee, Monopoly, etc. Actually, the "option" for wireless is present, but it doesn't currently work.

    I would love to see more of this functionality too. Shouldn't be too hard...


    -Joe
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    Originally posted by ExtraOrdinaryJo


    Handmark is supposedly working on this feature for it's games, like Battleship, Yahtzee, Monopoly, etc. Actually, the "option" for wireless is present, but it doesn't currently work.

    I would love to see more of this functionality too. Shouldn't be too hard...


    -Joe
    They list their Trivial Pursuit as having multiplayer support of 2-6 players over TCP/IP, Bluetooth and IR (Infrared)

    http://www.handmark.com/products/detail.php?id=215

    I didn't look at any of their other games yet. The only multiplayer game I'd known of prior to this was the rifleslugs game I'd mentioned in the post above (which was only for hi res).

    EDIT: looks like they've since removed the mention of TCP/IP on the Trivial Pursuit page since I was last on it about a month ago. Dunno if they decided not to offer it anymore or what, and I don't have the time to check and see if any of the other games they'd claimed to be adding it to have it or not either....
    Last edited by jennyfur; 01/07/2004 at 01:10 PM.

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