Minecraft Modders Create A Central Lobby System For Servers
Back when the first Unreal was released, Epic Games—then known as Epic MegaGames, a product of the 90s ‘attitude’ generation—had the idea to set up a virtual lobby for multiplayer games.
Instead of browsing through a list of servers, you had to trod through a virtual lobby and step into the server you wanted to play in. It was a neat idea, but the whole thing was a hassle for anyone who wanted to jump right into a game.
Since then, no one’s ever really thought to implement a similar system simply because of how convoluted lobbies tend to be, especially in comparison to a straight up list of servers—until now, that is.
PCGamesN reports that a couple of folks going by the names of HighlifeTTU and lazertester have created a virtual lobby for Minecraft that essentially behaves as a small world connecting to other Minecraft servers through portals. The mod differs greatly from efforts to recreate Rapture in the game. Essentially, it works the exact same way as Unreal’s lobby, and those who’ve played it will immediately see the resemblance.
Unlike Unreal’s lobby, there’s a bunch of things you can do in the Minecraft Central Lobby System to pass the time, assuming you don’t care to jump into an actual Minecraft world to do whatever it is you want to do.
It’s a neat idea, and the Lobby System’s creators want to create a whole network of Minecraft lobbies to connect the various servers into some giant, persistent setting.
“This proxy system opens up huge possibilities,” said the developers on reddit. “Imagine a large MMO style server where a single world is broken into pieces and split among a cluster of servers. We have only begun to explore what is possible using this new proxy system.”