Why Multiplayer Modes Keep Scaling Down

Online multiplayer has the capacity to enchant us with its sheer scale, and occasionally, unbridled chaos. I think most of us are fascinated by it even if we don’t engage with it directly. The sheer spectacle of these headline-grabbing, Guinness World Record-breaking feats in the likes of Planetside 2, EVE Online, and MAG tease an alternate mainstream multiplayer that never really took off. One in which we’d all regularly return from work to settle into an ongoing thousand person battle rather than a match of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or Rocket League.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qjpb73/why-multiplayer-modes-keep-scaling-down