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Unity Multiplayer Games

By : Alan R. Stagner
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Unity Multiplayer Games

By: Alan R. Stagner

Overview of this book

Unity is a game development engine that is fully integrated with a complete set of intuitive tools and rapid workflows used to create interactive 3D content. Multiplayer games have long been a staple of video games, and online multiplayer games have seen an explosion in popularity in recent years. Unity provides a unique platform for independent developers to create the most in-demand multiplayer experiences, from relaxing social MMOs to adrenaline-pumping competitive shooters. A practical guide to writing a variety of online multiplayer games with the Unity game engine, using a multitude of networking middleware from player-hosted games to standalone dedicated servers to cloud multiplayer technology. You can create a wide variety of online games with the Unity 4 as well as Unity 3 Engine. You will learn all the skills needed to make any multiplayer game you can think of using this practical guide. We break down complex multiplayer games into basic components, for different kinds of games, whether they be large multi-user environments or small 8-player action games. You will get started by learning networking technologies for a variety of situations with a Pong game, and also host a game server and learn to connect to it.Then, we will show you how to structure your game logic to work in a multiplayer environment. We will cover how to implement client-side game logic for player-hosted games and server-side game logic for MMO-style games, as well as how to deal with network latency, unreliability, and security. You will then gain an understanding of the Photon Server while creating a star collector game; and later, the Player.IO by creating a multiplayer RTS prototype game. You will also learn using PubNub with Unity by creating a chatbox application. Unity Multiplayer Games will help you learn how to use the most popular networking middleware available for Unity, from peer-oriented setups to dedicated server technology.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Unity Multiplayer Games
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Chapter 7. Server-side Hit Detection

There are many multiplayer games which involve shooting at their core, and there will be plenty more to come. These games all need some way to keep in sync who's shooting at who, and who gets hurt and dies. There are a number of ways to solve this problem.

The most obvious solution is simply to have player clients send a damage message. If the player hits someone, send a damage message to the server. The server deals damage to the appropriate player. There is a huge, glaring flaw in this design: players can, and will, cheat the game. It's truly staggering how many client-side hacking programs there are available—programs that send messages to the server, programs that directly modify variables on the client, and so on. A player could easily specify any player to be damaged, and any amount of damage to deal. It gets even worse if the client handles damage messages instead of the server, as the client can also make themselves invincible with almost no effort...