I could see making a system to run, Team Wizzy-style, an arbitrary amount of World of Warcraft characters. But once you hit the cap for the instance you were in, it would be kind of pointless to add more.
Also, WoW is a terrible game for it, because you’ll need to actually gear up your toons through 5mans, right? Or you’ll have to make hugely expensive gear sets.
Now that I think about it, Team Wizzy is around the ultimate in catassery, unless you want to talk about certain Guild Wars guilds who went to ludicrous lengths to equip their players with slightly more powerful items (which were nigh-impossible to find) and still sucked anyway.
I call bullshit on the entire raid. Maybe an entire guild of alts. I’ve 2 boxed in WoW, hell even 3 boxed once. No way you could handle 20 (for half a 40-man, nor 7.5 for half a 15-man.)
The guy who controls the 5-man pvp group on his own had to develop a special keyboard input system in order to play. These guys would need something really sophisticated (bots?) to play half a guild. More than likely they control a few characters each, or they would have a lot of difficulty in control.
5 man though? Yeah you can do it but it’s a bitch.
I have a massive leather lounge chair I got as a hand me down from my dad that’s a bit bigger and cushier than those, and it’s just fine with the keyboard in my lap and the mouse on tower lined up with my right arm.
Totally possible, as long as you do things just right. In a raid situation, every class only needs to use three or so spells (from my limited experience). You could have a special keyboard setup to do it, just as Team Wizzy did in DAoC.
I’ve got my computer set up around a giant recliner and it’s awesome. The mouse rests on the arm of the chair at a proper and comfortable distance, and the keyboard just sits on top of my legs. I took a hard plastic mouse pad and put a little piece of velcro tape on the top edge and the other side of the tape on the front edge of my mouse so when I’m reclined and the arm of the chair is at an angle I can just push the mouse up to the top of the pad to stick on the velcro so it doesn’t end up in my lap every time I take my hand off it. I’ve got my LCD monitor on a swinging arm attached to a table next to the chair, so when I sit in the big chair I can have the monitor hovering above my lap an appropriate distance from my eyes. With the setup those guys have it looks like when they kick back they are probably a little too far from the monitor.
I’ve got a recliner setup too, and I think my monitor is a “little too far” by your definition, Thrag. (It’s pretty much just beyond my knees.) But that’s cool, it doesn’t bother me, I have good glasses :-) And yeah, it works very well to have it reclined – just about the most sustainable catass position for five- or six-hour gaming marathons.
(Though propped up on pillows on the couch, legs outstretched on the ottoman, looking at the 5 foot projection wall screen, playing on my 360-if-it-ever-gets-back-from-its-RROD-service, is right up there too.)
Glad to hear no one can understand how these people could really be running 40-person raids with 2 actual humans. That part made no sense to me either. Though it does seem like it’d be possible to write bots that could run a whole raid purely by AI… not that these schmoes have the skillz to do that level of automation…