[erlang-questions] Let's start a project for a (MMO-)Game in Erlang... (inspired by "Erlang: Who uses it for games?")

Miguel Morales <>
Fri Jul 9 21:33:46 CEST 2010

It would be feasible to do the client side using wxWidgets and/or esdl.
However, I think having a web frontend is the way to go.
I'm too busy on my own project to help, how about perhaps contributing
to existing mmorpg engines such as: http://www.next-gen.cc/
There goes a lot into making a game, not just programming.  A lot of
art is needed, plus people to design characters and story lines.  One
would have to think carefully as to what type of mmorpg to make before
even getting started.

On Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 11:10 AM, Dale Harvey <> wrote:
> On 9 July 2010 18:55, Boris Mühmer <> wrote:
>> It looks like some people are interested in Erlang game programming.
>> On the other hand getting started in Erlang and OTP isn't too easy.
>> Especially for people with a strong C/C++/C#/Java/etc background.
>> Inspired by the "Erlang: Who uses it for games?" thread I thought about
>> starting a community project to implement a MMO game in Erlang/OTP.
>> The goal would be to collect some "best-practices" for different tasks.
>> Actually I am more interested in the server side than how to implement
>> a top-notch-state-of-the-art client. Also I think Erlang is more suited
>> for the server side. But I am also interested in how to interface the
>> "server-side erlang" using a (C/C++, Java, Python) cross-plattform
>> client (using wxWidget or Qt as a base and OpenGL for graphics).
> I would completely recommend using a web front end, depending on the type of
> graphics involved dom / canvas / svg or webgl can be used for rendering, and
> comet or websockets for communication.
> erlang has long missed the boat on becoming a strong platform for building
> cross platform desktop clients, and considering how well suited it is for
> writing the server components of a web application I would suggest sticking
> to its strengths.
> (I would love to keep updates, and while I would love to contribute, the
> chances are I will be too busy, no harm in bugging me if you are looking for
> a web frontend though)
>> What I would like to see are reponses from other people who may also
>> be interested in such a project. Not only beginners with Erlang/OTP,
>> but also (or especially) experienced people to guide and support the
>> others. And most of all, to have some fun practising Erlang.
>> Well, what do You think about it?
>> Best regards,
>> Boris
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