WoW Addict Raids Alone with 36 Characters, 11 Computers

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WoW Addict Raids Alone with 36 Characters, 11 Computers

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In one of the most impressive acts of geekness ever confirmed, one dedicated World of Warcraft raider has organized a personal command center with eleven computers running some of his 36 different characters so he can play alone.

World of Warcraft is a massively-multiplayer online game, which implies that players will be palling around with hundreds of others in an online world. The situation becomes trickier if you're the sort of antisocial gamer who doesn't like gaming with strangers, but enjoys MMOGs.

The Bradster is one such fellow who has devised his own solution to this solitary conundrum: spend your way to private virtual experience.

For $5,711 a year, comprised of 36 separate accounts on a six-month subscription schedule, not to mention additional costs for the eleven computers simultaneously running World of Warcraft, Bradster has built himself a digital fortress, an army of electronics that might make MI6 tremble. When the expansion Wrath of the Lich King is released, he expects to drop another $1,500 for 36 copies to transfer his characters to the additional content and kick more Alliance ass.

Bradster explained his reason for wanting to run his own Warcraft army, "The main reason is to invade Stormwind and Ironforge when they reach top level. I'm sure the Alliance will put up a big fight when that happens. We'll see how it goes. If they don't make level 70 before Wrath of the Lich King, then it will be at level 80. That is my main goal. That will probably happen after I've got some PvP gear from the battlegrounds."

His characters are comprised of 33 shaman, most at level 61, and a priest, mage and druid around level 23.

Using the program Octopus and other macro keys across one keyboard and mouse combo, eight of his eleven computers can be controlled at once, allowing for the simultaneous action and instances across all screens.

There are many impressive feats of gaming where people stock their shelves with classic games, perhaps spending fortunes for rare titles or hours in an arcade to set a world record. However, it is even rarer to find one who dedicates so much time and money for the sake of playing alone in a multiplayer-only game.

The entire expensive ordeal is worth the investment to the Bradster, who claims that he's "looking at it like it's a hobby and there are more expensive hobbies out there than World of Warcraft."

When you spend $6,000-plus in a year, there aren't many.

Source: Ripten

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Grief Logan, we've had this one for days ;)

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.73810

The_root_of_all_evil:
Grief Logan, we've had this one for days ;)

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.73810

Heh, well, I had found it Saturday, but since we are only a Monday through Friday news site, the story wasn't available until today. Perhaps someday we'll cover weekends.

Logan Frederick:

The_root_of_all_evil:
Grief Logan, we've had this one for days ;)

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.73810

Heh, well, I had found it Saturday, but since we are only a Monday through Friday news site, the story wasn't available until today. Perhaps someday we'll cover weekends.

Regardless, this is still hilarious. And Awesome. Yet expensive.

So impressive, and yet so sad.

I honestly feel sorry for this guy.

Logan Frederick:

The_root_of_all_evil:
Grief Logan, we've had this one for days ;)

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.73810

Heh, well, I had found it Saturday, but since we are only a Monday through Friday news site, the story wasn't available until today. Perhaps someday we'll cover weekends.

Well, you could always hire one of us? :)

Beowulf DW:
So impressive, and yet so sad.

I honestly feel sorry for this guy.

You know, I think it's pathetic, but I see no reason to feel sorry for him. It's his choice to spend his life and a good chunk of his cash on a single commitment. Not much different from philanthropy, and we all have to believe in something.

All i have to say is: FOR THE HOOORDE!!!!!

I generally try not to bash other people's gaming habits because to each his own, you know, and I'm more than just a little familiar with what it's like to spend a good chunk of your time, money, life, etc., on a hobby that most people think is a bit dubious for adults at best, and probably more commonly, an infantile refusal to grow up. But man, this guy has a problem.

I'm sad now. This is quite depressing. All that money wasted that could have gone to porn and chips.

Wait a sec, how does he even play 36 characters at once? Or is he just really fast at switching keyboards?

This is beyond sad. Hilrasious, inventive, but sad. I want to find and harm him.

TheNecroswanson:
This is beyond sad. Hilrasious, inventive, but sad. I want to find and harm him.

I'll get the spoons.

Sometimes I think my casual knowledge of Star Trek and internets humor may make me unattractive to most members of the female sex.

Then I talk to friends who spend 20 hours a week improving their stats on Guitar Hero, or I see an article about the Bradster, and I realize I may indeed have a competitive edge.

Pity the ladies, though. What fantastic options.

At least he plays horde...

Wow.

If that guy had studied medicine and put that kind of dedication into it, he'd cured AIDS and cancer by now.

I'm impressed by dedication, but I still think that that guy should do something about his sociophobia. There's more to life than World of Warcraft.

PurpleRain:
I'm sad now. This is quite depressing. All that money wasted that could have gone to porn and chips.

Wait a sec, how does he even play 36 characters at once? Or is he just really fast at switching keyboards?

Article says he's using a program called Octopus. I can only assume it's a bit like KeyClone and duplicates your keypresses for other computers hooked up to it...or something. I don't know how it really works, I just know multiboxers use it. Little bit sad that he's made this setup for PvP. I was kinda hoping we'd see a full 25 man alongside a 10 man raid being executed simultaneously by one multiboxer. *That* would be epic.

This is cool. It's a little sad as well. Don't forget the skyrocketing electric bill he'll have for running all of those computers at once ;(

Impressive yes, but sad at the same time. I think this guy would implode if he saw a real life woman or if he became involved in any kind of outdoor activity.

Is this him?

Wouldn't it be less costly to just pay people to play with him and obey his commands?

A.Balthazor:
Wouldn't it be less costly to just pay people to play with him and obey his commands?

Something I've considered for a while TBH. Except paying them using gold. And for WPVP raids. Still an interesting tactic, and could really signal a start of the pro side of MMOs (not just really good guilds with huge amounts of sponsorship).

It's people like this that put my occasional MMO addiction into perspective. Sure, I might be up into the wee ours every now and then on FFXI.. but I know that there are people way more addicted than I.

He gets some serious Geek Kudos though.

Oh god. Bradster. He plays on my server... curse the appeal of vanilla human magi. I just hope none of his automatons in his small, personal army turns their attention towards me when he ransacks Stormwind.

Wonder what his ISP thinks with that bandwidth going in/out

Flacc:
Wonder what his ISP thinks with that bandwidth going in/out

That he's Batman.

wow is just basically sabotaging your own life.
It's pointless. Unless your on the reciving end of all that cash.

Thaepheux:
wow is just basically sabotaging your own life.
It's pointless. Unless your on the reciving end of all that cash.

Can I ask what you like to do with your free time? You like playing games don't you? Think of it this way: In my life, I enjoy playing WoW in place of what you answered.

Oh, and the "I hang out with my friends" excuse doesn't work because I do that too. Most of my friends play WoW with me. It is a way of hanging out with my friends from other states that I can't _____insert activity you enjoy_____ with. Thanks for being just another insensitive person who bases their opinions on stereotypes generated by a select few people who don't know what moderation is.

Yet another reason to hate fanboys, their rich!!!

Oh Lawd!

Next step: Hooking up your whole nervous system to the computers. Bradster would end up looking like that Command Center lady from Starcraft.

PurpleRain:
I'm sad now. This is quite depressing. All that money wasted that could have gone to porn and chips.

Wait a sec, how does he even play 36 characters at once? Or is he just really fast at switching keyboards?

DISCLAIMER: Will Probably confuse you. (i don't do it. waste of money)

works from octopus, it will send your instructions out to eight of the computers and all of the characters on those computers from the one keyboard you are using...but if he used keyclone on the other computers that are separate and linked them to the computer (through keyclone) so the originally non linked computers would take the instructions from the computers that are taking instructions from the original computer then he could control all of the characters from 1 keyboard and mouse.

ironfist86:

Flacc:
Wonder what his ISP thinks with that bandwidth going in/out

That he's Batman.

lol

To be honest, this is pretty sad. I mean, I'd probably do it if money just materialized in front of me whenever I bloody well felt like it, and I didn't like going outside and, you know, doing stuff.

PurpleRain:
I'm sad now. This is quite depressing. All that money wasted that could have gone to porn and chips.

Wait a sec, how does he even play 36 characters at once? Or is he just really fast at switching keyboards?

Look at this way: You are LESS CRAZY than he is. If you ever feel bad about your gaming habits, just remember the man who shells out 5k per year on WoW fees.
Feel that guilt just wash away? Ahh, refreshing.

Christ almighty, I can't imagine the amount of heat that it produces.

This guy has the ultimate anti-social personality, however, he basicly turned a MMORPG to a straight up RPG, which is awsome. I would like to know what his day job entails and if he lives by himself or with his parents.

If I have that type of setup, I could have at least setup a internet cafe or a computer hub for business. To think what job he has is interesting...

Apologies to the more broadminded of you, and I will admit some of this is generated by the "other" thread on the same topic. I'm directing this at people that can't see past their own nose.

Here are some "theories" (most are common, some are not) about the person that owns this system (some taken from the clone thread, linked up there):

He has no life.

He has never felt the touch of a woman.

He is overweight / ugly / smelly.

He should be killed (spoons are funny, but otherwise its full of issues that need looking at urgently).

He is a loser.

He has no social skills.

He is worse in every way possible than you.

He is to be pitied. Poor thing.

Do any of the above sound like the thoughts and feelings of mature rational people? Or more like petty insults thrown around in elementary school? Do yourselves a favour and raise your game. The Escapist is meant to be a classy forum.

This is what we know about him for sure:

He has a better system than any of us.

Like us, he is enjoying his gaming.

He has a lot of money to spend on his hobby.

He's not littering forums with crap about other games, and the players of those games.

I suspect the last one isn't because every other game or gamer is beyond criticism, but rather he's mature enough not to do that. Perhaps his social / family / work life doesn't afford him the time. Yes, I really said that.

Does it make him a loser? If he has the disposable income to do that then he's probably has a much better career than many of us currently. Money isn't everything, but I can assure you he's not a loser if he's self sufficient enough to pay his own bills unlike some of the naysayers.

Whilst his sex life is completely irrelevant, it still got brought up in the clone thread linked further up the page. If he is an inferior specimen, why are people who are allegedly superior dedicating time talking about some random guy's love life? I suppose a quick post or two can be squeezed in while the harem takes a shower in preparation for the next sex marathon, right?

He's probably married with kids, plays as much as any of us and is in control. You don't that he isn't.

Who is he? He's a gamer who has created a massive project for himself. Among gamers I would have thought he would be treated in a less juvenile fashion.

I'm going to take a wild stab at it and say it's because he plays WoW.

He'd be getting high fives and back slaps if he was playing a game that YOU enjoyed.

What would be really nice and faith restoring is that these people could look beyond their own, sometimes crude definitions of what is acceptable and imagine that they don't make the rules about what is fun, worthy and cool for EVERYONE.

I only speak out of a desire to see a less prejudiced community, and for balance.

Since we don't know him, I propose people stop creating this fantasy world for him as it is ugly and indicative of the ability to be swayed by something other than what is real.

I'll take his fantasy world, over one that consists of unproven assumptions based on bigotry and stereotyping.

What is really irking me about this community (I've lurked for a while) is that every time a thread mentioning wow pops up it is by default turned into a troll thread by people that don't even know they're doing it. If people don't see this as a problem, then I fully expect to see threads on how all black people are criminals, all English people wear bowler hats and have cucumber sandwiches with the Queen, how all Americans are obese and stupid and how there are no exceptions to poorly informed stereotypes.

Perhaps we should stop talking about WoW altogether since there's only one thing worse than having "no life" and that's spending an inordinate amount of time dedicated to talking about people with "no life". That's the crazy part.

to be honest, i played wow, and i spent to much time on it, and all other things aside, thats taking it too far

don't even try to defend him, its not going to work

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