Sunday, January 27, 2008

Multilingual mobile game project

After I have mobilized our blog using Wirenode RSS to mobile solution. We are getting some comments from mobile page using text area for getting messages.
Point is, that as we are international project, just recently I have got this comment to my email.

I have no idea, what is in this message. If anyone can translate it, it would be great. I hope its not anything offensive :-), it should be in Arabic language.

In our in game forums, we are getting some international posts too. There are not many of them right now, so its ok, but we will have to do something with it in the future. Possibly sooner than English will be the only one world language on this planet.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Project DarkStar: light at the end of the tunnel?

Ever since I finished the Game Builder plug-in for NetBeans Mobility I've been looking for ways to further improve NetBeans and make it fit with Cotopia's goal of dominating the world (as far as mobile multi-player games go anyway). Then I read an article on about Project DarkStar - an open-source multi-player game server. Now there is something that we could use. Our current server implementation is based on EJB3 spec and GlassFish and works like a charm (currently we're handling nearly 2000 games a day) so no problems there. However, I am an explorer, rather than a "if it ain't broken don't fix it" kind of guy, and this DarkStar thing really strikes me as something worth exploring. So I continued in my new tradition:

If it's cool - write a NetBeans plugin for it.

I've exchanged a few emails with Jeff Kesselman (DarkStar lead) and I am happy to say that I am nearly finished with the plug-in which features:

  • Server management
  • Application management
  • .. and some code templates to make DarkStar work with mobile phones over HTTP
The whole thing will be presented at Java Mobile & Embedded Developer Days in SF in a few days by a friend of mine from Sun (NetBeans Mobility engineer) Karol Harezlak.

How does this fit together with Cotopia? Well, Project DarkStar is capable of handling the back end for Massively Muiltiplayer games, and who said that Cotopia was going to always be about 1 on 1 play? While we have more 2 player games in development (BallShot, Poker, Go, Checkers ..) we're looking into the future and see masses of players all interacting together in a new kind of game :)

Friday, January 11, 2008

Admob geo stats

Admob have released geographical statistics (Geo Stats) as a new feature. I have been waiting for that for a long time (see my Google mobile analytics post).

This is how it looks like for site.

I hope they will add phone types and operators in each country to the statistics soon.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Celebrating 100000 games played

Thanks all of you for supporting us. We hope that soon we will have this number in active players too.
Please take a poll in the right menu and vote which game we should release next.