05695400 is referenced by 260 patents and cites 8 patents.

A method of managing user inputs and displaying outputs in a multi-player game that is played on a plurality of terminals on a network in a manner that compensates for differences in network latency among different terminals. The method includes: (a) transmitting a representation of a game challenge such as a trivia question to the terminals via the network; (b) receiving a game response signal such as a "buzz-in" from two or more of the terminals; (c) assigning each responding terminal a priority rank according to a characteristic of their respective game response signal, e.g., elapsed time since receipt of the game challenge; (d) determining which responding terminal has the highest rank; and (e) sending signals to the responding terminals assigning them respective degrees of control of the game, e.g., the right to take a turn, in accordance with their respective ranks.

Title
Method of managing multi-player game playing over a network
Application Number
8/593581
Publication Number
5695400
Application Date
January 30, 1996
Publication Date
December 9, 1997
Inventor
Thomas Schwenk
Charlottesville
VA, US
Rajesh P Thakkar
Charlottesville
VA, US
Chris J Goebel
Charlottesville
VA, US
Scott Witherell
Woodbridge
VA, US
Todd Hodes
Berkeley
CA, US
W Temple W Fennell Jr
Charlottesville
VA, US
Agent
Arnold White & Durkee
Assignee
Boxer Jam Productions
VA, US
IPC
H04B 10/00
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