Interesting new use of the mainframe as a gaming environment--see the following IBM developerWorks blogs for a bit more. More soon.
Re: Gameframe2007-10-29T02:03:53ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.Paul,
We at Hoplon are [b]extremely[/b] excited about the Gameframe and our collaboration with IBM on this!
As proposed, the Gameframe is a great system supporting both transactional and simulational needs of a Massive Game / Virtual World, and if our bitverse middleware runs on it as we expect it to -- including integration with Director and Tivoli for autonomic scaling and robustness -- we'll be able to host up to 40 thousand concurrent users per Gameframe, compared to only 3 to 5 thousand on distributed clusters...
Our first bitverse-based product, called "Taikodom" is a Sci-fi themed universe, beginning with a spaceship piloting action game currently under development. Early next year we'll add to it a tactical, RTS-like spaceship game and a Metaverse inside the space stations where non-gamers and non-pilots will be able to live their lives without ever "setting foot in space" ;)
Thanks to bitverse's unique architecture and the Gameframe's fantastic concurrence capabilities, those different gameplays will be able to share the same universe/servers, so players can interact broadly, for example with RTS Commanders managing groups of action Pilots to carry on complex military and/or mining operations. :)
Let us know other ways you'd use the Gameframe innovation, and we'll keep talking about what we are doing, how, and why. We believe this is a huge opportunity for many industries, and we are glad to be in this perfect place and time :D
BTW, you can join the tests by downloading and registering at: http://portal.taikodom.com
I'll write again soon,
See you, Tarq
Re: Gameframe2007-11-01T13:48:16ZThis is the accepted answer. This is the accepted answer.Almost forgot!
For those of you who are sick and tired of listening that Mainframe are green-screen dinossaurs, here is a movie showing the Taikodom game running you can share and use for show:
Hopefully this will give most Mainframe detractors pause for thought :)
See you, Tarq