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1000-Player FPS Event Pits Press Against Gaming Industry

By - Source: MuchDifferent PR | B 29 comments
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The creator of Counter-Strike, the creator of ShadowGun and many more notable people will be participating in the 1000-player FPS Guinness event taking place this Sunday.

MuchDifferent reports that over 10,000 people have expressed their interest in playing Man vs. Machine this weekend. As previously reported, this will be a one-time event where 1,000 players will battle together on a single map in an attempt to set a world record. The war will begin on Sunday at 16:00 CET / 10:00 EST.

As the game's name indicates, players will be divided up into two teams. In this case, MuchDifferent has decided to place members of the (evil) game industry on Team Machine and members of the press and other outfits on Team Man. Both teams will also consist of those who purchased a ticket via the Engineers Without Borders - Stockholm organization’s website (all earnings go straight to the organization).

Included on Team Man will be Gaz Deaves, Gaming Editor of Guinness World Records, Mike Brown from Wired Magazine, and Alex Iosup, an assistant professor at the Delft University of Technology. On Team Machine will be the creator of Counter-Strike Minh Le, the creator of ShadowGun Marek Rabas and Reakktor Media CEO Cyrus Preuss.

Man vs. Machine is an FPS based on the Unity engine that can support up to 1000 simultaneous players on a single map. The purpose of this game is to demo the capabilities of the PikkoServer load balancing product. By using the software, game developers can supposedly build any kind of high-player density MMO game that can handle up to 1000 players on one specific map across eight cell servers. It also supports eleven actions per second (10 movements plus 1 fire), a total bandwidth downstream per player of 420 kbit/s and more.

Those who want to participate during Sunday's event can purchase a "ticket" by making a 200 sek (about 23 Euro, $30 USD) donation. Once the funds are received, the Engineers Without Borders organization will send a link to the actual game forty minutes prior to the event. Donations must be made before 15:45 CET / 9:45 EST. For more information, head here.

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    cmartin011 , January 28, 2012 3:17 AM
    BATTLEFIELD SHOULD SO buy this server tech!
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    tomfreak , January 28, 2012 3:37 AM
    Agreed! 50 jets, 50 Helis, 200 tanks, 200 light IFV vehicles & jeeps and 500 Soldiers!

    Bring this on to battlefield!
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    godnodog , January 28, 2012 8:21 AM
    I hope they make a gameplay footage movie about this! It should be epic!!!
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  • 14 Hide
    cmartin011 , January 28, 2012 3:17 AM
    BATTLEFIELD SHOULD SO buy this server tech!
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    Borisblade7 , January 28, 2012 3:27 AM
    Planetside 2 is gonna beat 1000 easily but very cool to see none the less. =)

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    tomfreak , January 28, 2012 3:37 AM
    Agreed! 50 jets, 50 Helis, 200 tanks, 200 light IFV vehicles & jeeps and 500 Soldiers!

    Bring this on to battlefield!
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    FloKid , January 28, 2012 3:57 AM
    Should this fail do I get my money back? : )
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    soidier37 , January 28, 2012 4:28 AM
    Wow, this sounds really awesome, but the one fire per second implementation makes me kind of wonder...
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    giovanni86 , January 28, 2012 4:29 AM
    TomfreakAgreed! 50 jets, 50 Helis, 200 tanks, 200 light IFV vehicles & jeeps and 500 Soldiers!Bring this on to battlefield!

    One huge map indeed =D I literally some times catch myself just standing still to view the amazing battle taking place, but 500vs500 would be something out of this world, i just hope i do see this in the near future for the next battlefield game =D
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    amk-aka-Phantom , January 28, 2012 5:21 AM
    hastenWould have to be a huge map to support that! One awesome huge map.


    And of course, no consoles ;) 
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    BlackHawk91 , January 28, 2012 5:21 AM
    I somehow keep reading 1000 FPS.
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    24oz , January 28, 2012 6:17 AM
    1000 player lag fest
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    boju , January 28, 2012 6:33 AM
    I really do hope they give statistics on how long a single player survives for. Wouldn’t be more than a second surely...

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    tomfreak , January 28, 2012 7:23 AM
    24oz1000 player lag fest
    Probably only happen in the stupid old tech Xbox360/PS3.

    I am OK to buy SB-E with dual GTX580 to play 1000 Battlefield 3.
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    iamtheking123 , January 28, 2012 7:41 AM
    I just woke up in a cold sweat after dreamaing of what BF3 would be like with 1000 players. *Spawn* *Headshot* *Spawn* *Headshot*
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    boju , January 28, 2012 7:58 AM
    ^^ do'ya like squashed tomatoes!? it’s what your teammates will look like not given enough spawn points
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    godnodog , January 28, 2012 8:21 AM
    I hope they make a gameplay footage movie about this! It should be epic!!!
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    memadmax , January 28, 2012 8:59 AM
    I can see a hundred guys spawning at the same time in one place while 50 grenades are lobbed into their lap =O
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    Anonymous , January 28, 2012 10:43 AM
    Hey, don't you guys realize Planetside 2 with a 2000 player per server capacity is on its way?
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    A Bad Day , January 28, 2012 11:15 AM
    iamtheking123I just woke up in a cold sweat after dreamaing of what BF3 would be like with 1000 players. *Spawn* *Headshot* *Spawn* *Headshot*


    Imagine MW on a "team". Get a missile strike, or better yet an AC-130 or a chopper, shoot a few times at the human sardine packed area (and watch the aircraft get immediately pwned by 5 different AA missiles), rack up a 30 kill streak within seconds.

    Tactical nuke inbound


    Better yet, MW Free for All, on their standard maps. Oh god the horror.
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    warmon6 , January 28, 2012 11:37 AM
    I have only one thing to say....

    "SPARTANS! PREPARE FOR GLORY!"
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    __-_-_-__ , January 28, 2012 3:59 PM
    where do I sign in?
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    JamesSneed , January 28, 2012 4:26 PM
    Wouldn't you call this a MMOFPS ?
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