Topic of the Week: Your biggest multiplayer memory

Topic of the Week multiplayer

The sounds of battle are still ringing across Eve Online after this week’s huge fight over the game’s largest, most powerful and fully fitted battle station. It’s all coming to head on Saturday when the final timer will make the battle station killable again and huge numbers are expected to show up - 6,000’s not even a high estimate.

You’ll be thinking of your favourite MMOs for this one then.

It leaves us with a question - what’s the largest multiplayer event you’ve taken part in? Ben did a bit of 40-man raiding back in the day, though expects most world bosses involve more people than that now. This isn't necessarily going to be the one where you had the most fun, especially given the stability of online servers in the early days, but the very biggest. And no, Twitch Plays Pokémon doesn’t count. 

We’re also particularly interested in hearing from folks who were at that fight in Eve - or any on that scale - and are planning to head down to Tribute again this Saturday. What’s it like? Did you have fun despite the 10% time dilation? Any kills?

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Phil Iwaniuk avatarxNuke avatarJordan Forward avatarTovias avatarMalentor avatarholmesc avatar+2
Malentor Avatar
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3 Months ago

Defeating both sides' zerg raidbots at the Beast (more than 100 people vying for control of loot), with a small specialized team and subsequently having our organisation become known as the "fourth faction", in Anarchy Online.

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Phil Iwaniuk Avatar
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3 Months ago

Overwatch. Playing as one of Six Reinharts on a team of like-minded strangers. The other team were trying _really_ hard to beat us. Somehow we pushed that payload past the hail of rockets and won. Haven't stopped laughing since. (I have.)

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xNuke Avatar
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3 Months ago

One of Athene events. Thousands of people creating lvl 1 gnomes with pink hair (very important) on a selected server, marching together. In the end, it always ended with a server crash. That was, literally, the biggest event I have taken part in.

As for most memorable, it would be my time in an old guild during TBC days, raiding and progressing slowly in my all-time favourite Karazhan (the original).

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Jordan Forward(2 hours played)
3 Months ago

Using a drone in Rainbow Six: Siege to bait a member of the defending team into accidentally killing their own hostage. A few games later I managed to get my entire team circling and springing around the hostage. Eventually a defender came running into the room and fired blindly at the mess of drones, killing the hostage and winning us the round. Pro tactics.

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Tovias Avatar
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3 Months ago

My first siege game on Warband multiplayer was with 200 or so people, the excitment while the siege tower lowered the ramp and seeing all the arrows come in and hit our shields/heads was a pretty damn good feeling.

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holmesc(51 minutes played)
3 Months ago

My first time playing candy crush. I nearly ejaculated.

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Aever Avatar
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3 Months ago

Honestly, I associate "large scale" in multiplayer games with impossible lag and server crashes. So while some of these events were interesting, usually as a reward for a large effort, I can't say they've impressed me much.

That being said, I believe the endless ganking under Backrock Mountain, when 5 or more 40 men raids collided at the entrance, with raid leaders screaming on TS for everyone to get to the instance lead to some particularly amusing events.

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dbc Avatar
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3 Months ago

6000? That's respectable. I remember the good old days of World War II Online (now called Beyond Europe: WWIIOL, if it is still running: it was the first MMORPG (started in 2001) after all...). In 2006 and 2007 I remember we had multiple battles where there were at least 10,000+ people in a battle spanning a 5+km square area - quite tightly packed for the gaming hardware of the day to sort out. Because of the huge contiguous map of Europe, there were more people on at the time - some doing factory bombing runs, some doing training, etc. - but often the group that was in around fighting for a specific town was counted as being in the tens of thousands. I last played it last year, for nostalgic reasons, when my 10-year-old daughter - not having been born yet when I had been playing it for 4 years - looked over my shoulder and called it "ghetto graphics".

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dbc Avatar
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3 Months ago

Whoops, I should have made it clearer: WWIIOL was the first "FPS MMORPG", Ultima Online had it beat by a couple years for the "MMORPG" title with their top-down "isometric" interface.

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