Multiboxing with MiRai


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What is it?

Multiboxing with MiRai is a video series on YouTube that I created because there was an incredible lack of support for the PvE side of multiboxing. About eight months ago, a few months prior to me starting the series, I was on reddit defending the multiboxing playstyle when another redditor actually brought up a good point. They started off by saying they didn’t believe that PvE multiboxers existed, which I found a bit odd, and their reasoning was that if you did a search for multiboxing on YouTube (at that time), the PvP-related results completely dwarfed the PvE-related results — And they were absolutely correct. This is probably what pushed me the most to get this series going.

Tell Me More…

Ultimately, I wanted to create a video series which showed that the playstyle itself wasn’t all about trying to gain a competitive advantage against other players and that it could easily be about just having fun and honing your ability to multitask. The idea to show off how a multiboxing setup could evolve over time wasn’t initially part of the plan, but once I began making changes in my ISBoxer profile, I figured that it might be useful to include that because someone might wonder why I’m doing something a certain way in one video, when I wasn’t in a prior video. I also thought it might be interesting for other multiboxers (mostly those who use ISBoxer) to see how another fellow multiboxer has their profile set up.

Now, before continuing on, let me first rewind just a bit… Back during the Cataclysm expansion I had a very similar idea where I wanted to take people (YouTube viewers) through PvE content and show them what multiboxing was about, but with my own twist on the videos to keep them fun and exciting because nobody wants to watch a six-part, seven-hour series of someone questing through Stranglethorn Vale. This would have been the very first time I had ever attempted anything like this and I really had no idea what I was doing or if there was going to be any demand for it. The first four videos of that series were actually created and uploaded to YouTube, but I only let a handful of people actually watch them so that I could get feedback. Those that did see the first few episodes liked what they saw, but unfortunately, I put the idea on hold because I felt that the series needed something more.

So, fast forward from then up until about six months ago, two months after the discussion on reddit, and I’ve just released the first MWM video which I considered a pilot episode. It was a back-to-back rampage of both Utgarde Keep and Utgarde Pinnacle, and was much, much longer than I had anticipated — I guess it’s easy to lose track of time when you’re just having fun and cruising along through old school heroic instances. I think it’s a bit unfortunate that the pilot episode did have such a long playtime because people might look at that and initially be turned off by it, when in reality, it’s two entirely separate instances that can be watched at two different times. Maybe I should have split up the videos and uploaded them separately, maybe not, but that pilot episode currently has more views than any other video in the series, so people must be watching it.

Old Expansion Heroics? Really?

Well, I started with the Wrath of the Lich King heroics because, not only do I still find them to be incredibly fun, Blizzard’s Recruit-a-Friend system, at the time I began the series, stopped at level 80 — It’s since been upgraded to 85 and I’m sure the upgrade to level 90 is not too far off now that the Warlords of Draenor expansion is about to be released. I was tempted to stop at level 70 and complete those heroic instances, but I figured that the Wrath heroics were probably the best place to start since that expansion had been the pinnacle for the multiboxing playstyle. I do have plans to eventually lock a team to level 70 and then complete the Burning Crusade heroics, as well; so, if your multiboxing-nostalgia lies in TBC, I do have plans for that.

However, the main plan for the video series was (and still is) to start with the Wrath heroics, move onto the Cataclysm heroics, then the Mists of Pandaria heroics, and so on and so forth. As much as I would like the content to be current when I’m doing the instances, because I might be able to show off some skills a bit better, it’s not necessary for this series because it’s all about just having fun and showing what you can do while multiboxing. I’m not saying that I won’t try to reach current content with this video series, but I’m not looking to rush through the entire series as fast as I can just so I can make that happen.

Is The Series Dead?

No, it most definitely is not! I realize it’s been quite some time since I last released a video and, to most people who were watching, it probably seems to have just dropped of the face off the planet without any reason as to why. However, I just released a video talking about how the series itself will be making a comeback.

Honestly, the main issue was the fact that the camera I used to record my ugly mug is my roommate’s and he needed it for most of his college classes during the end of 2013. Since I had much less access to the camera I eventually just let the subscriptions of the multiboxing accounts lapse and figured I would just pick it back up during the winter holidays — Unfortunately, procrastination set in and I ended up talking myself into waiting until the new year to get it going again.

So, to all of those who were watching and have been eagerly anticipating the next videos in the series, I do apologize and there will hopefully be more videos soon™.

So… Now What?

Well, I’ve been working on a handful of additions to both my UI and ISBoxer profile, some are implemented and most are not, but it’s likely that the next video in the series will start off with episode 6.5 which will be the second installment of my ISBoxer Profile Evolution. It’ll cover all the changes that have been made since the first set of videos and will hopefully bring everyone up-to-speed, so that we’re all on the same page moving forward.

Thanks for reading and thanks for watching. Hoping to get this show back on the road in the near future.

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