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BitTorrent for MMOG and other games?

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What do you think about the concept of using BitTorrent-like technology to provide the necessary bandwidth for MMOGs (massive-multiplayer online games)? I don't know about you, but to me, it seems like it could work. I think it could even be used to support voice communications in games, and on that note, even allow the transmission of audio/video for purposes of internet radio/television. What are your thoughts on this? Are there any major limitations I'm not seeing?

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it will be quite difficult to start up I guess. I mean we are not talking about wow here.If it is a not so popular game,then in the first a couple of month or so.there wont be too many users.and the whole idea of bit torrent is that the more users the faster it is.as a result,until there are decent number of users,the performance is gonna be pretty low.and it may never get popular,because ppl think it is slow.thats my 2 cents anyway.

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Still, bittorrent is quite popular nowadays even though it had the same problem when starting up. If there is something else about it that appeals to users during startup, I think such a system has good chances of becoming popular.

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Um, do you understand how Bittorrent works and what it is meant for?

Simply answer: No, Bittorrent could not in any way be used for things like voice communication. Streaming anything over a 'Bittorrent' like protocol (whether it be video, audio, or live gameplay information) is an exercise in futility - you aren't dealing with Bittorrent anymore, you're dealing with HTTP.

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