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Multiboxing to Level 80 Nirvana

Greg Tito | 3 Mar 2009 13:20
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But there were repercussions. Not six months after Rob debuted Keyclone, Wolfpack Studios changed some of the code in Shadowbane so that it was more difficult to multibox. Some players contend that Blizzard should ban multiboxers in WoW, especially in arenas, WoW's competitive PvP ladder system. But boxers contend that they are no different than five well coordinated players. "I would say that that the boxer would be at a disadvantage. Movement is more sluggish because of having to use the /follow command, and targets needs to be in front of you," says David from Philadelphia. Bryan agrees that "multiboxing puts you at a huge disadvantage in most PvP situations, as long as your opponent is playing as a team and not trying to be solo heroes." Kate offers the best strategy against multiboxers in PvP: "Just kill the leader [character], and 90 percent of them stand there like drooling fools." The limitations of multiboxing far outweigh any advantage in focusing fire or coordinating strategy.

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Multiboxing is a specialized way of playing MMOGs. The boxer needs to be good with computers and proficient enough to be able to plan out complicated macros and spell rotations for more than one character. Some are achievers who want to be the first to accomplish five-man or 10-man content, while others do so to maximize their efficiency and therefore their enjoyment of the game. But aren't multiplayer games meant to be played with other people? It's a legitimate concern when multiboxers can effectively play without any need to interact with other players at all. Many boxers agree that they sometimes miss positive contact with other people, and they counteract this by grouping with 4 of their characters and one other player or just soloing once in a while.

But Bryan doesn't see it that way. "I don't think you should do anything you don't want to do just to make other people happy," he says. "Most games I've played in my life were single player, and I see nothing wrong with that style of play. I get plenty of interaction with other people throughout the day and on forums." Perhaps that is why dual-boxing.com and other multiboxing communities are so vibrant. It is there that they are able to share stories, commiserate and even engage in occasional disagreements or flame wars. They save their gaming time for just having fun.

Greg Tito is a playwright and standup comic residing in Brooklyn, NY. He is currently splitting time between World of Warcraft, a new D&D 3rd Edition campaign and finishing one of his many uncompleted writing projects. He also blogs semi-regularly at onlyzuul.blogspot.com.

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