Planetside Video Game

Arran talks about his favourite video game, a massively multiplayer online first-person shooter, Planetside.

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Probably my favourite video game of all time is a game that's not too well known, it's called Planetside. It was the first massively multiplayer online first person shooter, what that means is it's similar to 'Call of Duty' or 'Unreal Tournament' or 'Quake' or something like that, in, that you'd be a first person, you'd be from a first-person view, shooting other people.

But the massively multiplayer aspect of it was that you'd have hundreds of people on a server rather than, say, sixteen or thirty two people on a server. You could pilot tanks and planes, and all sorts of things.

And it was just the scale of things, the sheer scope of things. It's a game that's over ten years old now. They've recently closed the last servers for it. There is a sequel out there called Planetside 2, which is pretty good as well. But the sheer scope of this had never been done before where you would have battles with seventy people a side, crowding into one area. So it led to some really unique situations, and very unique gameplay.

I was very lucky as well, I had good friends online who would jump into games with me, so there was some good teamwork going on. And it really led to some special moments in video gaming for me.