Why do some online games take up so much storage space on a device, despite needing Internet to play them?

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Why do some online games take up so much storage space on a device, despite needing Internet to play them?

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Might be helpful to provide specific examples?

But in general, multiplayer games will only use network connectivity for connections between players, and not to stream the game itself.

Because the resources for the game are still stored on your device, because otherwise the amount of data that would need to be constantly downloaded would make the game unplayable.

Multiplayer games only use the network to communicate with the server or other players. The game actually run on your computer, so all the data it needs has to be there.

Game streaming services (like Google’s Stadia) will actually run the game on the server side, meaning no install required and no data on your computer.

Well it probably depends on the game, but let’s say you have a multiplayer game where sprites move on the screen, you might have the app download the sprite and use the network connection to communicate the position for other players to see where you are.

On the other hand, some games aren’t multiplayer. If you’re playing solitaire and it requires a network connection, the reason is probably do they can send you ads.

Simple.. you want the game to be fast, responsive and consume less internet. So maximum resources of the game are stored in your pc/phone so internet is only used for transmitting tiny bits of data like your actions. Imagine you are playing CS and you jump in a tunnel and the game starts downloading the tunnel map area while you sit idle. No one would want that right? So you store everything locally. Only when you walk or shoot or click or whatever is that your internet is used.