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tl;dr Send the full initial state, and then send deltas where each delta is the current state xor the previous state.

This reminded me of an article I once read about the Doom3 network architecture [0]. Optimizing state transfer to network clients is a lot more difficult in the real world than xor-ing two states.

[0] http://fabiensanglard.net/doom3_documentation/The-DOOM-III-N...




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