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Monster 6-PC MMORPG Rig Quickens Farming

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One EVE Online subscriber combined six PCs to control multiple characters.

Kotaku points the way to an MMORPG gamer who is really, really serious about EVE Online. Unlike most subscribers however, he doesn't spend hours upon hours performing the same mundane tasks to farm gold and minerals. Instead, Zhek Kromtor has created a six-rig setup that allows him to access six separate characters and get the goods faster than the standard method.

Kromtor was originally kicked off EVE Online for software multiboxing: the act of sending a keyboard or mouse click to multiple computers or clients at the same time using software such as Synergy, Keyclone, and more. CCP banned him from the MMORPG for three days, citing "macro use."

To get around the multiboxing software restriction, Kromtor has now created his current setup. The system consists of four wooden dowels draped across six keypads--each dowel has six screws that come into contact with the same keys on each pad. Also in the mix are six mice connected together with packing tape and skewers.

"Once you tweak it a bit and have the mice aligned properly (if they're angled differently they'll be moving the cursor in different directions) it's not too bad to use," he explained. "You have to use two hands on them if you want to click on 6 buttons, but you get used to that pretty quickly."

The monitor setup looks a little like something ripped out of a science fiction movie: two stacked in the middle while a stack of three sits on the left and a stack of three sits to the right. Rather than purchase a monitor rack mount, he chose to create his own using conduit pipe.

As for the actual PCs, he stacked all six under the table however he didn't reveal any actual specs. Nonetheless, the entire MMORPG setup looks impressive--it certainly doesn't look cheap. Some may call this whole setup cheating, others may call it ingenious.

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    gogogadgetliver , April 12, 2010 7:31 PM
    "Some may call this whole setup cheating, others may call it ingenious."

    ...and yet others may call it a sign that you need a life.
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    flyinfinni , April 12, 2010 7:34 PM
    Wow- is it really worth it? I think I'd lose the enjoyment of the game if I did something like that.
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    gogogadgetliver , April 12, 2010 7:31 PM
    "Some may call this whole setup cheating, others may call it ingenious."

    ...and yet others may call it a sign that you need a life.
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    restatement3dofted , April 12, 2010 7:34 PM
    XZin ran a multi-rig multibox setup like this back in WoW's heyday - one priest, 4x mages. Managed to melt faces up to Rank 13 on all five toons. Never saw pics of his setup, but this approach to MMOs isn't new.
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    flyinfinni , April 12, 2010 7:34 PM
    Wow- is it really worth it? I think I'd lose the enjoyment of the game if I did something like that.
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    Anonymous , April 12, 2010 7:36 PM
    that's sick... I mean in a bad way
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    babybeluga , April 12, 2010 7:36 PM
    When you have to go through such links to win in a game, you should just start playing Farmville.

    I use that reference having no clue what Farmville actually is, just that it's hot right now and farm is in the title.
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    isamuelson , April 12, 2010 7:36 PM
    Loser!

    All this for virtual cash and goods. How much did THAT set up cost him? Maybe the guy should watch the "Make Love Not Warcraft" Episode of South Park to hopefully get a clue. I can picture him like the loser in that episode with a bag of Cheetos next to him with a can of Raging Bull. Wow.

    BTW, does he live in his parents house in the basement? Probably does...
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    pojih , April 12, 2010 7:40 PM
    Not sure how eve works, but if you just leveled 6 people to 80 or w/e in wow you could then sell each character.

    I'm hoping this is what he's doing.
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    isamuelson , April 12, 2010 7:41 PM
    babybelugaWhen you have to go through such links to win in a game, you should just start playing Farmville.I use that reference having no clue what Farmville actually is, just that it's hot right now and farm is in the title.


    Last night I watched the South Park episode called "You Have Zero Friends" which takes a swipe at the Facebook/Myspace community that does nothing but live and breath on those sites. I have a Facebook account, but I rarely do much on it except to possibly see what old friends from school and my military years are doing, but I don't live 24 hours in front of the PC with it.
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    Anonymous , April 12, 2010 7:43 PM
    soo cool...but...dude you need friends..i mean...seriously!!!
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    Anonymous , April 12, 2010 7:50 PM
    "Wow- is it really worth it? I think I'd lose the enjoyment of the game if I did something like that."

    Isn't Eve Online one of the games that doesnt frown upon the interaction of the in-game economy with the real world economy? So whatever he's grinding for is actually making him money? I'm guessing he isnt doing that for the fun of it.
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    doeboy , April 12, 2010 7:52 PM
    this is becoming more typical as we get more technology in our hands. I see it everyday. The social abilities of people are deteriorating quickly. Thus they end up in a box like this guy has made for himself and is most likely highly depressed and wanting more just not knowing how to get to it. Somebody help this guy out and get him a date cause I know the poonanny makes me jump off my pc right away!
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    Anonymous , April 12, 2010 7:54 PM
    Why not just create some circuit boards that'll repeat the signals from one usb device to another and introduce "some" error so they aren't exactly the same and won't count as cheating? Or, even better yet, GET A LIFE =)
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    hang-the-9 , April 12, 2010 7:54 PM
    Pad Pun alert...


    If he only used his powers for Good instead of EVE.
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    xc0mmiex , April 12, 2010 7:56 PM
    impressive, you can't deny that... i wish though that people applied that much ingenuity to real world issues, not the issue of getting money in EVE
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    builderbobftw , April 12, 2010 8:01 PM
    He need a life...
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    kingnoobe , April 12, 2010 8:06 PM
    How do you know he's depressed. Before you go flaming how about you get a clue. Obviously he has money, but chose to build this. HINT HINT! Maybe he simply gets the most enjoyment out of the actual building part then the game itself. This just game him something to do.

    This is no different then any other hobby. If he enjoys it more power to him. But lets flame since he rather spend his time doing something he enjoys then being in a garage which most would find normal.
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    jjobaber , April 12, 2010 8:09 PM
    This is both impressive and very sad at the same time.
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    Regected , April 12, 2010 8:20 PM
    I have played eve for several years now, and have met many people in game who make a decent living through the game. CCP, the developers of eve, have a system in place to help convert ISK (game currency) into real world money. This is done through buying and selling of game time cards. They understand that some people don't want to spend their time grinding for money, so they left a legitimate avenue to buy game money. You can purchase two game time cards for $35 USD, which is $5 more than two months worth of subscription. You then exchange both GTCs for in game PLEX cards, which sell for around 350 million ISK, and whoever buys the PLEX can use the PLEX to add 30 days of game time to their account.

    As a casual gamer, I make around 200 million ISK an hour using two accounts. That comes out around $8.57 an hour if I were to convert it all to GTCs and sell them. That's better money than flipping burgers and much more enjoyable.
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    Anonymous , April 12, 2010 8:29 PM
    The negative comments about this story are unfortunately the result of years of stereotyping by popular media. If someone spends their time/money reading books, playing chess, hanging out at the mall, going nuts over sports, painting, etc., we say its a good hobby for a well adjusted person. But heaven forbid if someone's hobby deals with a MMO video game. Then the person needs a life and whatever money they spent is a waste.
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    nforce4max , April 12, 2010 8:37 PM
    I do the same with wow and its great its quad logging on the same machine is ware it gets complicated or hosting your own raids that way. I should get the other box up and running and have 8 accounts at once. :D 
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