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Multiplayer: directplay??

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Hi, We are creating a space game and we want to add a multiplayer feature. Now, in the early days, I have created a small multiplayer game with directplay, but these days, I have the feeling that noone uses it anymore. Is this thought wrong? Or is it just not that good anymore? Is it better to write your own client/server architecture (not that that is a problem for me by the way) or does directplay solve a lot of problems like lagging and stuff like that? In short: DirectPlay? Or own multiplayer system? D.

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DirectPlay has been unsupported by MS for years now. Even MS recommends to not use it.

This really is the age old question, 'Do I want to re-invest the wheel, or use someone else's?'

And I will give the age old answer [grin], 'Make your own network library if you want to gain the experience of creating a network library; use someone else's if you want to complete a task like making a game'.

RakNet is my favorite of the C++ networking libs, although there are several choices, RakNet is the most feature filled out of any of the free ones. It's right up there in features with TorqueNL; however torque has a 350$ price tag last I checked (and RakNet has superior documentation compared to TNL, again last I checked).

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