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Chapter 3 Highly Interactive Scalable Online Worlds

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The arrival, in the past decade, of commercially successful virtual worlds used for online gaming and social interaction has emphasized the need for a concerted research effort in this media. A pressing problem is that of incorporating ever more elaborate gaming scenarios into virtual worlds while ensuring player numbers can be measured in the millions. This problem reaches across a number of research areas in computing science and has already received attention from the research community in its own right. In this chapter, the major problems associated to the provisioning of expected player interaction in large-scale virtual worlds is described together with how research efforts may tackle such problems. Conclusions are drawn from observations of related work and a number of future challenges highlighted. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Morgan G

Editor(s): Zelkowitz, MV

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Social Networking and the Web

Year: 2009

Volume: 76

Pages: 75-120

Series Title: Advances in Computers

Publisher: Academic Press

Place Published: Burlington, MA; London


DOI: 10.1016/S0065-2458(09)01003-1

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9780123748119