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7-19-2011 @ 2:27PM
@Thomas Higgins:Alice is next to Bob. She /waves. That /wave goes to the server and is then sent back to Bob.Now Charlie walks over, and he waves. That /wave goes out to the server, and is then sent back to Bob and Alice.Bob, not wanting to be a jerk, /waves back to Alice, who is also /waving at Charlie. Both /waves go to the server. Alice and Charlie are sent Bobs /wave, while Charlie and Bob are sent Alices /wave.In this simple scenario, there are only three people who sent a total of 4 emotes to the server. The server had to process and send back 7 emotes.Now let's scale that up. Let's get 5000 people emoting in the same area. The server receives 5000 emotes, but has to send back 4999 emotes to each one of them. That is TWENTY FIVE MILLION messages to deal with. Good luck finding a server cluster that can handle that kind of load at peak hours. You would have a higher chance of being struck by lightning on a sunny day.** I do not have the statistics to back this statement up. It's called hyperbole.
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