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The potential of xbox party gaming? Discuss

Discussion in 'Xbox Forums' started by Bonesy, May 17, 2002.

  1. Bonesy

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    So, xbox is good enough to offer an ethernet-based port for LAN/broadband playing.

    So, I guess this will work also with wireless LAN hubs.


    Working in mobile, Wireless LAN could offer tonnes of potential for community interaction.
    Thereotically, if people start to have a wireless LAN network in their homes, you could create a peer-to-peer WLAN network covering a town - or perhaps a Wireless MAN is a better definition.

    The benefit of this is that it is cheaper than using broadband/ISPs, etc.

    So if you have mates who live close, within streets of you, as long as you have a wireless LAN hub, or are within coverage of a neighbours WLAN, your Halo connection could theoretically hop across WLAN's to your friends place.

    Cool.

    (Is this going to be one of my threads which never gets a response?)
     
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    HCC mag reckon you shouldn't buy an x-box, so I'm not getting one.
     
  4. lechacal

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    Thanks for that enlightening lesson on independent thought.

    But, back to the subject of the thread...
    Bonesy: Yes, I know people in the states who have got a wireless setup to work in the way you describe. It does resrict the number of people you can play with though. If you want to be in Halo tournaments/join a clan etc you really want to be connected to a broadband ISP. If you're shelling out for hubs, routers and a WLAN then it's not that expensive really, and it's getting cheaper.
     
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    lechacal, thanks for the response.

    Yeah, it would create a totally different community atmosphere.
    The only connection really gives users the benefit of being part of a global gaming community, distance not giving any restrictions. ie. meet people from other countries, and drive over them in a warthog.

    but I think the wlan approach also has merits, becuase after the capex of the wlan access point, you are fairly free to reach other people in the vecinity.

    And if one still has a broadband link, theoretically the wlan community can still get through to the interent.



    perhaps I'll keep these boring topcis to myself in future.
     
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    Games really can break down barriers.

    Theoretically they can. But I'm not sure how useful it would be for a 'twitch' game like an FPS. With a single broadband link to the outside world (and they're usually asymmetric so you have a lot less upstream bandwidth) you'll have a very narrow bandwidth bottleneck.

    Given the amount of time the network support specialists at work spend trying to sort out this kind of thing, and muttering about 'load-balancing' it would probably be more hassle than it's worth to try and link networks like this together.
    It's a nice idea, but you'll get the same result when everyone's on broadband. And someone else gets to manage the hardware.
     

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