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Networking

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Getting Started With Networked Games
Introduces the key prerequisites for creating a networked XNA Framework game.
Network Session Management
Defines the network session management capabilities in the XNA Framework, which allow for matchmaking access to profile data on all the gamers in a potential game.
Reliable Packet Delivery
Provides an overview of the reliable UDP protocol supported by the XNA framework and the packet delivery options that may be chosen.
Network Topologies and Host Migration
Discusses the relationship between session hosts and peers, and the actual network topology used to route gameplay.
Latency Simulation and Bandwidth Usage
Describes the packet loss simulation capabilities available to XNA Framework games.
Voice Support
Introduces the voice support options available in the XNA Framework.

Networking How-Tos

How To: Create a Network Session
Describes the process of creating a new network session.
How To: Find and Join a Network Session
Describes how to find and join a network session.
How To: Manage Players Joining and Leaving the Game
Manages the data associated with a player by subscribing to events that occur when players are joining or leaving a game.
How To: Manage Player Movement Between Lobby and Gameplay Modes
Describes the properties and events associated with a multiplayer session that allow a game to move between lobby and game play modes. It identifies the game's current mode.
How To: Join an In-Progress Game
Describes how to enable the AllowJoinInProgress property to make an in-progress game available to peers searching for available sessions.
How To: Send Data
Describes the options available for sending data to all clients or to a specific player.
How To: Receive Data
Describes how the local players on a gaming machine receive data from the other players in a networked game.

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