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About Armagetron Advanced.

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Post by Xone|Spirit on Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:39 am

"What is Armagetron Advanced?"


Armagetron Advanced is "A Tron clone in 3D". 


"What is a client? What is a server? What's the difference?"


Simply put, the game client is the program you run on your computer. The game server runs on somebody else's computer. The difference between the two is like the difference between, say, a lawyer and his client. The lawyer would be the server, the one who knows all about law and stuff. So the difference is just like in real life where the terms come from. The client requests a service from someone who serves. In our case, that service is a game that is served from a machine running a program called a "server", but if you requested the same service from a person in a ****, you'd still be running a game client.


"My client can be a server, though, it says so right here."


That's not a question. In any case, the game client can act as a server if you press "Host Game" from the Internet Game menu. So technically the client is a client/server hybrid, but let's not get too technical.


"So are all game servers just clients where people pressed 'Host Game?'"


No. This is where people get really confused, even to the point where they complain to server operators for doing exactly this thing. No, most, if not all, game servers available through the master server run a special version of the program that has no graphical display, and no player can play on directly. That is the server, commonly called a "dedicated server". You can run one too, if you like. Server operators chose to run this instead of the regular game client because it has a number of modifications that make it work better as a regular server, just like a mail server or a web server. It is more convenient and makes for a more reliable game server to do so.
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