Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Jan 2013 00:31 UTC
Games "EVE Online's complicated inter-corporate politics are often held together by fragile diplomatic treaties and economic agreements. So fragile, in fact, that a single misclick can lead to a fracas that quickly snowballs into all-out warfare. That's what happened to two of the spacefaring sandbox MMO's largest player alliances in the Battle of Asakai, a massive fleet vs. fleet onslaught involving 3,000 players piloting ships ranging from small interceptors to gargantuan capital ships. Straight from the wreckage-strewn outcome of the battle, we're breaking down the basics of what happened for everyone to truly fathom one of the biggest engagements in the game's history." The costs of this battle in in-game currency is, so far, 700 billion. While MMO's don't float my boat, I have to say that this is still pretty awesome. Penny Arcade looks at the technical details server-side, and what a battle like this does to the game's backend infrastructure.
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Not massive
by sbenitezb on Wed 30th Jan 2013 13:30 UTC
sbenitezb
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2005-07-22

A battle of 3000 people is not massive and not even fun, specially when you loose your ship because of lag or disconnect. Fun in EVE came from small battles, where you had to use your skills to succeed.

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RE: Not massive
by Soulbender on Thu 31st Jan 2013 01:57 in reply to "Not massive"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Uh, how is it not massive? I'm sure it might not be fun but 3000 is a pretty massive number for an online battle.

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RE[2]: Not massive
by Nelson on Thu 31st Jan 2013 13:42 in reply to "RE: Not massive"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Agreed. For some context, 3k is bigger than the populations of most medium sized WoW servers.

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