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Gamer Plays Over 30 Warcraft Characters

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the please-go-outside dept.

Real Time Strategy (Games) 189

If your significant other complains that you play too much World of Warcraft, just show them this article about a user named "Prepared." He plays an amazing 36 World of Warcraft accounts on 11 different computers at the same time. He is his own raid group. "It costs me exactly $5711 in subscription costs per year with 36 accounts on the 6 month pay schedule," he writes. "Not bad considering I'm looking at it like it's a hobby and there are more expensive hobbies out there than World of Warcraft."

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189 comments

WOW (4, Funny)

DrugCheese (266151) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404209)

He's the biggest nerd in the world

... of warcraft

Re:WOW (1, Informative)

VeNoM0619 (1058216) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404299)

What's with people using the word nerd incorrectly?

He's a LOSER plain and simple, a geek at best.

To me, GEEK, means: fascinated by technology, completely clueless how it even works
NERD means: knows technology and how it works, useful to society and isn't locked in basement playing D&D (or WoW) all day, every day like GEEKS.

Although a stupid, irritating, ineffectual, or unattractive person. [reference.com] was found on a dictionary site... which nerd being stupid/irritating/ineffectual don't sound like a nerd to me. BUT this is because it's origin of the word, and the definition changed over time.

Re:WOW (4, Insightful)

blueZ3 (744446) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404399)

It depends partly on whether you're a language descriptionist or a prescriptionist.

However, anecdotally the negative connotation seems stronger with "nerd" than "geek"--which can be seen in things like "Geek Squad" (you can be sure marketing's focus groups tried out "nerd squad") where geeks are helpful, and movies like "Revenge of the Nerds" where the nerds are losers.

In this instance, the person in question is definitely in the "needs to seriously consider getting a life" category.

Re:WOW (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25404665)

No.

Geek means fascinated with technology, knows how it works, has social skills.

Nerd means fascinated with technology, knows how it works, has no social skills.

If you want to see the visible difference, watch Wargames, specifically the part where David goes to Jim and Malvin for help. Jim is a geek, Malvin is a nerd.

Re:WOW (1)

2names (531755) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405319)

Jim: "Mr. Potato Head! Mr. Potato Head!! Back doors are no secret!"

Malvin: "But Jim, you're givin away our best tricks!"

Re:WOW (1)

Fozzyuw (950608) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405387)

As I and my college roommates have always said, "I'm a geek. It's like a nerd but with a social life."

Re:WOW (1)

Eggplant62 (120514) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404761)

What about the person who spends all day every day locked up in his living room, being useful to society for the first 10 hours of his day, and then spends the rest of his life either playing WoW or immersed in web pages learning new shit alla time, huh??

What then, eh, mister I-know-all-the-geekly-ways-so-well, eh? Look in a mirror any time lately, eh?

Re:WOW (1)

VeNoM0619 (1058216) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405107)

Then he would be nerd? "News for Nerds" is what it's called, useful news that help you "learn new shit alla time".

The only people who have been helpful and informative were nerds who knew stuff.
I still have yet to meet a geek who watches nothing but star wars (star trek, star gate, whatever) all day, tell me something new/interesting/useful, because they are merely being entertained by technology and doing nothing useful with it.

For one to argue "I'm being entertained and learning at the same time!" then look at the qualifier word "and", and notice you are doing more, thus deserve the title of nerd (someone who is smart).

Re:WOW (1)

Poltras (680608) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405451)

To me , GEEK, means: fascinated by technology, completely clueless how it even works

NERD means: knows technology and how it works, useful to society and isn't locked in basement playing D&D (or WoW) all day, every day like GEEKS.

There's your problem. Just there, emphasis mine. Welcome to the world of "I don't care what you think, my definition of the word is the right one". And btw, his use of the word nerd is good. Just check it out here [google.com] .

Re:WOW (1)

VeNoM0619 (1058216) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405619)

There's your problem. Just there, emphasis mine. Welcome to the world of "I don't care what you think, my definition of the word is the right one". And btw, his use of the word nerd is good. Just check it out here [google.com]

Emphasis mine, you're putting words into people's mouths. No, it's not that "I don't care what you think", I'm stating a personal opinion.

The following link seems to point more to nerd being intelligent (more than a geek), which is what I'm saying. To call someone intelligent for playing 36 WoW characters all day... He may be "smart" to use the "tools" (if you read the original article several links down to the actual forum post) to run this setup, but that's about it. Whether he is smart enough to know when to just move on in life, play another game rather than beating the game 32 times with 32 shamans, I'll let you decide.

Re:WOW (1)

DrugCheese (266151) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405469)

I agree considering I'm a nerd myself - but there are vast degrees of nerd?

Cool nerd - aka Data from the Goonies

Loser nerds - aka this WOW character

Reminds me of Dwight Shrutes 2nd 2nd life to further remove himself from reality.

Re:WOW (1)

Bloodoflethe (1058166) | more than 5 years ago | (#25406027)

With all the people I've ever known, a geek is someone that is knowledgeable about tech and has social skills, whereas a nerd is someone that is very well versed in any number of sciences but has no social skills.

Re:WOW (1)

atomicthumbs (824207) | more than 5 years ago | (#25406235)

You've got it backwards. Nerds are bad, geeks are good.

Re:WOW (5, Funny)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404939)

How can you kill, that which has no life?

WOW (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404969)

Actually the title should read 30 WOW characters, not Warcraft characters.

Warcraft don't mean WOW.

Re:WOW (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405071)

Even worse, if he has 36 ACCOUNTS he can have multiple CHARACTERS on each account, so it may be many more than 30.

His denial is amusing (0, Troll)

bonch (38532) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404981)

"Not bad considering I'm looking at it like it's a hobby and there are more expensive hobbies out there than World of Warcraft."

Yeah, sure, buddy. You're only looking at it as a hobby. There are worse hobbies than what you're doing, right? Try to convince yourself that it's totally normal.

Re:His denial is amusing (1)

Hotawa Hawk-eye (976755) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405187)

He didn't say that there are worse hobbies, he said there are more expensive hobbies. There's a difference.

Re:His denial is amusing (1)

skaet (841938) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405417)

No no, he said "more expensive" hobbies. Not "worse."

I might play WoW myself but even I can admit that this is pretty bad when it comes to a "hobby."

I find your lack of faith astounding. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25406241)

More players in the game means better item drops, better voting privileges, and excellent cybersexing!

Beam. Me. Up. (-James Trafficant)

Noob (3, Funny)

MarkGriz (520778) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405373)

Doesn't he realize he can virtualize his 36 accounts and 11 computers into a single WoWoW account [theonion.com] .

Re:WOW (1)

greyhueofdoubt (1159527) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405883)

"How do you kill that which has no life?"

-b

Money (1)

Tekninja_Hawk (961855) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404239)

That guy pays as much for WoW as i do for my apartment each month.

which leads me to conclude....he lives with his parents.

or hes rolling in cash?

Re:Money (3, Insightful)

Diashto (464507) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404285)

What's worse... he has both a job and a wife.

Re:Money (2, Funny)

Xtense (1075847) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404385)

What is this "wife" thingy you're referring to? A cool interface addon maybe! I'll go google it!

Re:Money (5, Funny)

negRo_slim (636783) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405099)

What is this "wife" thingy you're referring to? A cool interface addon maybe! I'll go google it!

It was an alright add on, but after 2.0 was released, it broke and had all these nagging error messages and no ones bothered to maintain it since.

Re:Money (4, Funny)

Xtense (1075847) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405999)

After checking it out, I must agree that it went on a downward spiral - the first year of releases was mostly fun (the internals were especially good!), then it all went to hell, as it's lua scripts started to over-check the db files for visual flaws, making the whole process sluggish. The 0.2.0 version (which was released two years after the first one) started showing all these nag-screens about your fishing/cooking/first-aid skills not being used at all (who the hell has time for that?). The interface got really cluttered around 0.4.2, and also the developers decided on a god-awful bright yellow design for it - you just couldn't look at it anymore without losing your eyeballs. I held myself tough for the 0.5.3 "Middle release", but after that, i just couldn't go on. I admit, i miss the entertainment features of this addon, but i simply will not tolerate all this trouble. I tried deinstalling it, but - for some unfathomed reason - it decided to take half of the other addons with it. My whole Gatherer database was split in half because of that stupid addon!

So you are? (1)

IdeaMan (216340) | more than 5 years ago | (#25406067)

I don't get it, does that make you a nerd or a geek?

Re:Money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25406301)

>>> What is this "wife" thingy you're referring to? A cool interface addon maybe! I'll go google it!

A wife is an appliance that you screw on the bed that does the dishes.

Re:Money (2, Informative)

Killer Orca (1373645) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404469)

Clearly he has a job but I read the blurb and didn't see mention of a wife.

Re:Money (-1, Troll)

CokoBWare (584686) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404615)

Hi wife sounds like a loser too...

Re:Money (4, Funny)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405013)

Female elves don't count as wives.

Re:Money (3, Insightful)

MartinSchou (1360093) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405239)

Of course no - everyone knows that female elves are used as nubile slave girls.

Re:Money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25405135)

Actually it's not known whether he is married or not. Apparently the friend who's posted the pictures is married, but he only has 5 accounts.

What I'm impressed with is (3, Funny)

fireman sam (662213) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404259)

that he managed to get all that hardware into his parent's basement.

Re:What I'm impressed with is (1)

ZeroFactorial (1025676) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404717)

What I'm impressed with is that someone capable enough to run 11 characters at once managed to forget to factor the electric bill of running 11 computers at once. Oh, wait.... parent's basement... not paying electric bill.... gotcha.

Re:What I'm impressed with is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25405669)

How do you know he only has one parent?

So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25404275)

Look at this way: your typical MMO fan will never breed anyway, but this just guarantees it. Good news for normal people.

Why stop at 36? (1, Interesting)

rotide (1015173) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404277)

It always amazes me how much time/effort/money people will put into their hobbies. However, I'm curious why he stopped at 36. A WoW raid can be up to 40 and in the still current expansion, it's 25 (generally). If you're going to run 36 and pay _thousands_ of dollars for it, why not tack on 4 more and have a full raid? Technical limitation? Ran out of funds?

Then again, maybe he actually wanted 4 slots open to "show off"? If I was crazy enough to do something like this, I know I wouldn't want to keep it all to myself, friends/enemies would have to partake!

Re:Why stop at 36? (2, Insightful)

fyleow (1098657) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404445)

There aren't any 40 man instances in Burning Crusade or Wrath of the Lich King so really he should have stopped at 25.

Re:Why stop at 36? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25404675)

but you forgot about the outdoor raid content like Doom Lord Kazzak that can be encountered by the max of 40 people raids.

But this is of course a bit old, there have been people Multiboxing (http://www.wowwiki.com/Multiboxing) for some time now in WoW.

Re:Why stop at 36? (3, Informative)

negRo_slim (636783) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405179)

Raids are parties of 6-40 people divided into 2-8 groups of up to 5 players. The terms raid and raiding primarily and traditionally refer to PVE raid-specific instances and zones. If you're the party leader, you can convert your group into a raid group by accessing your "Social" Panel, selecting 'Raid' and choosing "Convert Group to Raid." From then on, anyone you invite will join your raid group (up to a maximum of 40).

Source, WoWWiki. [wowwiki.com]

40-person: * Molten Core * Onyxia's Lair * Blackwing Lair * Temple of Ahn'Qiraj * Naxxramas

Re:Why stop at 36? (1)

fyleow (1098657) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405295)

You've just proved my point. All those instances are pre expansion and the items are worthless. The maximum number of people in a raid going forward is 25.

Re:Why stop at 36? (1)

Endo13 (1000782) | more than 5 years ago | (#25406029)

He's doing it to raid Stormwind and Ironforge.

Re:Why stop at 36? (4, Interesting)

EastCoastSurfer (310758) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404795)

It always amazes me how much time/effort/money people will put into their hobbies.

5k/year for a hobby actually isn't too bad when it comes to hobbies. The time he puts in is probably above and beyond most other hobbies though.

It's funny because I was just talking to a friend about a 'hobby' I and some friends do and he was floored at the cost. Got me thinking it might be time to find a new, cheaper hobby lol...

Re:Why stop at 36? (4, Funny)

TheLostSamurai (1051736) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405815)

It's funny because I was just talking to a friend about a 'hobby' I and some friends do and he was floored at the cost. Got me thinking it might be time to find a new, cheaper hobby lol...

By 'hobby' I assume you mean hookers. Hookers are a hobby now? Fuck stamp collecting, I'm doing that!

Re:Why stop at 36? (1)

BigGar' (411008) | more than 5 years ago | (#25406097)

Once all this is set up, he probably doesn't play all that much more, if at all than than a lot of people that single box.

Re:Why stop at 36? (1)

negRo_slim (636783) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405151)

Then again, maybe he actually wanted 4 slots open to "show off"?

More likely he'd sell off his raid spots to people with a lot of gold seeking shortcuts to certain things. Mounts, weapons, tokens, what have you. And aside from that the hardest part of raiding is communicating and having everyone listen... Well he nixed that little problem and can probably do a lot of content with fewer than average characters. imho

Re:Why stop at 36? (1)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405259)

He probably ran into that 24 hrs per day cap.

It isn't the money that gets me, it is the time. WoW isn't THAT interesting. Just playing 1 char is enough of a time suck for me.

I hope he does not have comcast cable (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404363)

I hope he does not have comcast cable or the download cap may hit hard 11 systems = a lot of bandwidth.

Re:I hope he does not have comcast cable (2, Informative)

Kamokazi (1080091) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404461)

Actually MMOs, while being played, use a very small amount of bandwidth.

But keeping 11 systems uptodate can does he (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404661)

But keeping 11 systems update can does he have a WSUS sever to keep the windows update bandwidth down.

Re:But keeping 11 systems uptodate can does he (1)

negRo_slim (636783) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405205)

But keeping 11 systems update can does he have a WSUS sever to keep the windows update bandwidth down.

i lol'd

Re:But keeping 11 systems uptodate can does he (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25405355)

But keeping 11 systems update can does he have a WSUS sever to keep the windows update bandwidth down.

is that even fucking English ??

Re:But keeping 11 systems uptodate can does he (2, Insightful)

Theoboley (1226542) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405509)

But keeping 11 systems update can does he have a WSUS sever to keep the windows update bandwidth down.

The horrid disregard for punctuation in that sentence is both sad, and hilarious at the same time.

Re:But keeping 11 systems uptodate can does he (1)

coren2000 (788204) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405737)

Maybe it is he doesn't seem to use punctuation punctuation is really useful because if you dont use it no one knows what you are saying when no one knows what your saying they usually ignore you

Re:I hope he does not have comcast cable (3, Informative)

Endo13 (1000782) | more than 5 years ago | (#25406139)

It's not the download that's the problem in an MMO, it's the upload. I perused the original forum thread about this (linked somewhere here at /.) and one guy said he could get a max of 25 WoW accounts working properly on a 1.5Mb upload (any more than that lagged too much). So for 36, he's probably at about 2.0Mb upload, and that ain't cheap. Your typical 8Mb down /768Kb up cable connection ain't gonna cut it.

Wow....sorry, but the guy has no life (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25404373)

Dude, I know by simply reading this you qualify as a nerd beyond typical nerdom. But, seriously...what the hell kinda anti-social behavior is this? better yet, what is this guy doing to afford a $5000 dollar a month hobby that only limits the already nil chance of him getting laid? Dude, I must say....stop. Stop it right now! Go buy some cars or maybe buy a life.

Re:Wow....sorry, but the guy has no life (1)

Mascot (120795) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404793)

You're only off on the cost by a factor of 12 or so. It's $5711 a year.

Re:Wow....sorry, but the guy has no life (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25404953)

That's still 475.92$ USD/month only in WoW account fees. That's more than my rent (and I got a 5 rooms apartment),

Re:Wow....sorry, but the guy has no life (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25405459)

That's still 475.92$ USD/month only in WoW account fees. That's more than my rent (and I got a 5 rooms apartment),

where the hell do you live that 475 is more then your rent ??

Also .. 5 rooms ?? is that 5 bedrooms ?? thats the way a house/apartment is quoted. in bedrooms .. not "rooms" , so you dont count the kitchen / living room/ bathroom / closet ..

Fucking idiot.

Re:Wow....sorry, but the guy has no life (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25406267)

What he apparently DOESN'T understand is the cost per year besides his yearly subscription rates like the electricty cost to run. its just an obsession thats clearly gotten away from him.

that's ok (2, Funny)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404423)

ACORN paid him $1 apiece to register his characters to vote.

Re:that's ok (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25405281)

ACORN paid him $1 apiece to register his characters to vote.

That's gonna raise some red flags. Who's is going to believe a name like Rthand Strokn is a real name????

Re:that's ok (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25405491)

The same people who are supposed to believe that Mickey Mouse is a registered voter.

Re:that's ok (1)

megamerican (1073936) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405527)

I don't know, but there is a real Leroy Jenkins [google.com] who lives in a battleground state.

I thought it could get no worse... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25404489)

But then I imagined this guy also having multiple personality syndrom; And doing a real raid there :)

Haha! (1)

Chillintau (1169599) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404567)

He plays with himself! I play WoW, but I thought one of the basics of the game was player interaction. I personally enjoy talking to other players and getting to know my guildies. The social interaction combined with play is what keeps me around. It would be funny to whisper a random character of his every ten seconds, see if he keeps up. Nahh, he probably runs around /dnd.

Re:Haha! (1)

rotide (1015173) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404619)

You can interact with players and still be in your own raids when you want to. There is a TON of solo content in the game, should people ignore those because they "aren't interacting" while doing a quest? I'm sure there are plenty of times he just wants to play without having to monitor 36 instances and tons of keyboards/mouses.

Re:Haha! (1)

mrjimorg (557309) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405857)

If social interaction was the point of an MMO, then Wow would have gone under by now. It has the worst community I've seen in an MMO. Some punk kid called my wife a retard because she didn't use the talent spec that "all hunters should use..... period". Most of the pick up groups I've been in had flaky people that would leave at random times.

More flamebait (1)

squidguy (846256) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404617)

Note his NT4 MCSE books underneath the console. Is this Billy Gates' gaming rig?

Re:More flamebait (1)

bugi (8479) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404765)

Do you have a better idea of what to do with those books?

C'mon, at least he recycles to offset some of his CO2 footprint.

I both admire and pity him (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404757)

Part of me wants to say "Wow, what an impressive accomplishment!" Another part of me wants to get him some serious psychiatric help.

Re:I both admire and pity him (4, Informative)

rufus t firefly (35399) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405195)

Someone should consider pointing him at http://www.wowdetox.com/ [wowdetox.com] .

I'm not sure at which point a hobby becomes an addiction, but I think it's safe to say this guy is a bit beyond that.

He (?) is truly invincible... (1)

spammeister (586331) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404779)

Because how can you kill that which hath no life? Or doesn't have 36 lives for that matter...

Original Content Provider (5, Informative)

chord.wav (599850) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404839)

/. links to Yahoo as source.
Yahoo links to Joystiq
Joystiq links to gamepolitics.com
gamepolitics.com links to gizmodo
gizmodo links to crunchgear.com
crunchgear.com links to ripten.com
ripten.com links to the actual forum post: http://www.dual-boxing.com/forums/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=14611&pageNo=1 [dual-boxing.com]

Re:Original Content Provider (1)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405227)

And Slashdot, being Slashdot, will be linked as the source a thousand times more.

Re:Original Content Provider (2, Informative)

Metaphorically (841874) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405763)

And here, I believe, is a link to his guild [wowarmory.com] .

Re:Original Content Provider (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25406083)

and by guild you mean a guild of only his characters right?

Re:Original Content Provider (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25405879)

Actually, Joystiq links straight to the dual-boxing.com page.

WoW! look at the picture of all the kit! (1)

ZERO1ZERO (948669) | more than 5 years ago | (#25404845)

The picture of all the kit gives an idea of how crazy this is. Reminds me of teh masterer from this: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=TuiDJvBSsHg [youtube.com] purepwnage

Not bad really... (1)

K3ba (1012075) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405001)

If you are going to take a game like WoW to it's extreme, then do it in style!
I can see the attraction - PUGs (pick up groups) can be very annoying as it takes just one muppet to ruin the quest/dungeon/raid for everybody else.
That said, I doubt I would go past the more standard 5 that multi-boxers (http://www.wowwiki.com/Multiboxing [wowwiki.com] ) seem to go for as a standard group is 5 and that makes a bit more sense...

He got the shaft with patch 3.0.2 (4, Informative)

unity100 (970058) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405043)

these guys were relying on elemental shaman's wrath of air totem, which gave 3% crit chance. crit chance gives the chance to do double damage. prior to patch 3.0.2, all totems' buffs for a group stacked. 5 wrath of air totem was dropped, it would increase the crit chance by an additional 15%, for all group members for example. therefore all the shamans he plays in that group had very high crit rates, and when they all shot at something they all did massive double damage.

patch 3.0.2 made it so that buffs do not stack. so if 30 shamans drop wrath of air totems each, the group wide bonus will be only 3%. this will reduce their power approx to half in terms of firepower.

he is called a multiboxer, and this activity was called multiboxing. now they wont be able to do it like before anymore.

This has been done before.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25405137)

This is nothing new.

I recall a player trying to 40 box molten core back a year or two ago. I don't know if he ever did it or not but it was possible to do back then even though he needed a single PC per account. Now, 4 or even 5 accounts per computer is possible thanks to quad cores.

http://www.sirlin.net/archive/the-man-who-would-solo-a-40-man-raid/ [sirlin.net]

This guy 50 boxes (althogh he was botting / farming them and not multiboxing).

http://www.dual-boxing.com/forums/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=498 [dual-boxing.com]

Synergy? (1)

armus (632028) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405181)

Looking at the mess of keyboards and mice, could he use Synergy http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/ [sourceforge.net] or does it not work with WoW? -armus

Re:Synergy? (1)

uvsc_wolverine (692513) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405419)

It probably would work, but good luck trying to keep everything straight with all those monitors, machines, and laptops.

The real source of this distorted story. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25405251)

The forum that this originated from is a well known if not THE best source of multiboxing information, http://www.dual-boxing.com

The forums are located here: http://www.dual-boxing.com/forums/index.php

There is a beginner guide to multiboxing here: http://www.dual-boxing.com/forums/index.php?page=Board&boardID=11

Compared to the drivel that is the common Warcraft General Forums, this one is very elegant, polite and helpful. It has a plethora of free and useful information to help new boxers get started as well as the depth needed for people who have moved on to as many as 5 or 10 accounts (and sometimes quite a few more). There are custom addons and programs that people have written and shared with the community as well. If you are thinking about multiboxing, take a look and learn more about it - it probably isn't what you might think - or this being the Slashdot crowd, maybe it is.

is that an air conditioner? (2, Funny)

us7892 (655683) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405353)

I wonder if that air conditioner unit high on the side wall is enough to cool that room?

WoW is my hobby as well. (1)

Evro (18923) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405421)

And it costs me $13.99/month.

heh (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405431)

A co-worker is trying to convince me to play WOW. I keep telling him "No." He's like oh, it looks awesome! It's fun! "I'm sure you're right. That's exactly why I'm not trying it." Damn, it's like working alongside the pusher man, goddamn the pusher man.

I'm not thinking he's wrong about the game, I'm sure he's right. And I need a gaming jones just like I need to get hooked on crack.

RE: expensive hobbies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25405453)

I know what you mean about expensive hobbies. I thought I was spending a lot at $100 a quarter ounce. I mean a month. Oh fkit.

MOM! Bedpan! (2, Funny)

Atrox666 (957601) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405455)

`nuff said.

PWND!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25405483)

I have three Station Access accounts and play EverQuest2 exclusively. I three box fairly frequently to just level up characters.

I have a total of 12 character slots on each account, but only have 32 out of those 36 total slots filled.

Costs me, roughly, $100 a month.

This guy pwns me.

wow, he could feed 5 starving children (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25405589)

for a year

OLD, FAKE (0, Troll)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405709)

Picked up from Digg, from Yahoo, from Joystiq, from a bullshit photoshop with a bullshit story.

Amazing... (1)

Endo13 (1000782) | more than 5 years ago | (#25405905)

But you know Blizzard is going to have to take some action against multi-boxing now. Five-boxers were bad enough, with 32 you can dominate any BG. With 15 shaman in a typical battleground, he can literally kill 2-4 players instantly.

Re:Amazing... (1)

taustin (171655) | more than 5 years ago | (#25406111)

I predict that the only thing Blizzard will do is continue to bill his credit card for $5,700 every six months.

Re:Amazing... (1)

Endo13 (1000782) | more than 5 years ago | (#25406269)

If he never uses them in PvP, you may be right. But looking at the increasing number of players doing 5-box teams, I predict the complaints are going to start coming in soon and the ban stick will hit. Considering that this is clearly an exploit and requires the use of third party software, it's almost surprising it hasn't happened yet.

Virtualization? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25406177)

Correct me if I'm wrong but...couldn't he just have a few virtual machines running on a few dedicated PCs, rig one with enough monitors, and connect that one to the dedicated PCs over something like, dunno, VNC? Its cheaper, reduces clutter, reduces costs of hardware and electricity, and probably is easier to control. He could even handle a few more accounts.

Man, I shouldn't even be motivating the guy. Reminds me of a South Park episode...

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