Playing online games with friends can be a frustrating experience. If your game is hosted on a server, you should rely on that server being up and stable. If the game is hosted peer-to-peer, the host must be actively playing the game or have a machine at home that can be used to host the server.Obsidian groundHowever, I’ve discovered a clever way around all this. This is something other developers should consider to reproduce as much as possible.
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Ground recently went to 1.0 after spending quite some time in early access, and Obsidian gives us one of the most polished games ever. The core idea is simple: make the movie Honey I Shrunk the Kids a survival game. You, as one of her four children, plunge into a world where grass is as big as trees and trees are as tall as skyscrapers. The game can be played with up to 4 players and is intended to be a persistent world where anyone can log in at any time. ground is powered by Game Pass, so there is no additional buy-in to get started, and because it’s peer-to-peer, there’s no server for developers or publishers to eventually shut down.
When starting a new save, you have the option to make the save a single player map or a multiplayer map. You can change this later. When people you invite join your server, they can join when you’re hosting, or you can host it yourself.
Instead of being hosted on a server, Grounded is hosted by the first player who launches the world as a peer-to-peer connection. However, once these players have access to the world, other players who have played in that world will have access to the synced saves and can use that data to sync . Every time you log in, you get your progress and the persistent world you created, and you can play whether or not the game’s originator is available. You can host on PC or Xbox, or join another friend who is hosting.
This means you get all the convenience of a server-hosted game without the cost.
Compare this to Satisfactory, a great game where you build a conveyor belt on an alien planet for all capitalism. Satisfactory is a hosted peer-to-peer similar to Grounded. However, it must be played by someone hosting an active server and saves are not synced this way.Another option is to build or rent a dedicated server. This can be quite expensive, with many options costing $12 or $15 per month. If you decide to host the server yourself, you’ll need to learn all the commands for working with it and keep it active at all times.
This method does not work for all shared multiplayer worlds. Despite its simple appearance, games like Minecraft can quickly take up gigabytes of space. A populated server means that the connection is always in use by some user or another, sending a lot of data. This is not ideal in this bandwidth-capped age. Hosting on a shared save makes no sense. But for many other multiplayer games like this, it’s a great option. Take advantage of the cloud he save that most major gaming platforms currently offer, save power by not running games that no one is playing, and no one has more ownership of the game than anyone else. equalize access by ensuring that Also, the user must be specially invited, so only friends can interfere with the save. So it’s really up to you to make trustworthy friends.
Multiplayer games themselves and their servers come and go, but more generalized servers like those hosted by the likes of Microsoft and Valve aren’t going away any time soon. With no servers to maintain, Grounded says he doesn’t need Obsidian or Microsoft to maintain game-specific servers, and players don’t have to worry about hosting companies offering options for specific games. And in a world where power is becoming more and more expensive, both in terms of financial and environmental costs, not having to run servers all the time will become increasingly important in the coming years. With the popularity of multiplayer games, Obsidian shows great forward thinking in future-proofing new games and ensuring that people can access them for years to come.
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