[vworld-tech] Verbs or Updates or Both?

Jim Purbrick Jpurbrick at climax.co.uk
Fri Feb 13 04:28:16 PST 2004

MUDs traditionally seem to deal in verbs for communication: A picks up the B
in C, while NetVR systems seem to deal in synchronising state by
distributing updates to state: when the difference between position P and
position P predicted is large, send a new value for P.

Is one of these approaches better than the other? Are they compatible? Is
there an ideal mixture? Why do the 2 types of systems tend towards the 2
approaches? Is it just because MUDs use natural language while NetVR systems
worry about synchronising proxy objects? If events are used, should many
events exist describing verbs like running, jumping and hitting or should
few events exist describing state updates?

I'm interested to know what everyone thinks.

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