24 hours of Modern Warfare 2: The Aftermath

You guys are awesome. That’s all we can conclude following our epic 24 hour celebration of the noble art of man-killing last Friday. Between our transatlantic office space and a staggering number of hardy Radarites located far and wide, we ably kept a Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer session running for a solid day, and ye gods, did we have a good time along the way.

Between the site, the forums and our US  and UK podcasts we’ve seen a thoroughly badass community growing up around GamesRadar for quite some time now, and there really couldn’t have been a better indictment of its current strength than the raucous fun we had online a few days ago.

Above: Don't let Nathan's body language fool you, It was a facepalm of joy. 

It started innocuously enough, as these things often do, as Radar UK kicked things off at 10AM GMT. Head to our Facebook page and watch as Nathan calmly, nay innocently, talks you around our set-up. Oh how things were to change… We tentatively signed in to check our friend requests, each man quietly hoping that things weren’t about to cruelly fall apart by way of empty inboxes and emptier lobbies. We needn’t have worried. MrBubblesIPA saw to that, he being the first one of you to appear, getting the exploding death ball rolling with admirable style.

Above: A box of doughnuts and a vipers' nest of cables. The typical Radar UK breakfast. 

Bubbles, it should be noted, is based in America, and thus, had been awake for a good long time and was steadily working his way through a modest number of beers. No sleep for him. Oh no. The man was a machine, staying with us for an inhumanly long time considering the circumstances, and doing his damnedest to drum up more players during the whole time he stayed conscious. Oh how we all mourned as his last beer toppled to a premature death.

But from that point on, the flood gates were obliterated, as Radarite after Radarite poured into our lobbies to join the noble fight. We laughed. We cried. We pwned random folk far and wide, and swore gratuitously when they did the same to us. Not that that happened often of course. Team Radar is a strong and mighty one. Also, Dave H nailed 6 nuclear-strength Lucozade Alert energy shots (The RDA is 1) and developed the ability to aim at people before they were even on screen. Dave M nailed several beers and got all emotional about Jurassic Park. Again.

Above: Meikleham toasts the heroism of the T-Rex. Houghton stares in unblinking, caffeine-fuelled concentration. 

But long into the day you continued to join our merry band. Players said their sad goodbyes, new ones said their jubilant hellos upon arriving to replace our fallen, and quite a few departed players couldn’t resist popping back once they’d got their less important offline obligations out of the way. Truly, it was a brilliant celebration of gaming, the Radar community, and the never-ending joy of excessive digital violence. And there can be few finer combinations than that.

Standout players? You all brought a hell of a good time to the day, and turned a rainy Friday in Bath into one of the most fun and funny days we’ve had in a long time. But we do want to give a particular mention to A SPASTIC TIGER, SPAZZ FM1 and FuryAc3, who, as far as our now addled minds recall, blasted the living crap out of us on a relentless and merciless basis whenever they were in game. Truly, a score against any of them was a trophy kill. We salute and fear all three in equal measure. 

Above: Any claims that excessive gaming caused our minds to snap are greatly exaggerated. 

We’ve tried our damndest to compile a list of all who joined us at Radar UK. First up, our sincerest apologies if we’ve missed you. Dave H and George started the day with the best intentions, furiously scribbling down the names of each new entrant as they appeared, but between the sheer number of you and the beers consumed, we may not have got everyone down. But regardless of whether we did or didn’t, if you friended us up and/or played, you were part of a thoroughly epic day at Radar towers and shall glow in our collective heart forever. 

The 'tags and IDs of the glorious

rxb F1
Eight Bit Remix
Igneous Steak
nAtHaN XpLoSiOn
The Ginga
Neo Kef
Dragon 59

Want to continue the celebration? Head over to GamesRadar's Facebook page for more photos from the day, and make sure to swap your favourite war stories in our official forum thread.


 GR's 24 Hour Modern Warfare 2 Marathon!
Photos and a match report from the US side of the great battle

 Modern Warfare 2: The Super Review
Modern Warfare makes a heroic return. Read our definitive review

 Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer strategy guide
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  • acethelord - November 21, 2009 11:22 a.m.

    yay i got a name mention
  • Bawheidbob - November 17, 2009 6:40 p.m.

    It was great fun thanks for setting it up and making my first real online adventure a good experience.
  • DonKratos - November 17, 2009 6:10 p.m.

    Thanks for the shoutout, Had a great time, lets do it again! DonGian
  • FuryAc3 - November 17, 2009 4:43 p.m.

    Friday was a hell of a day ! Good Times !
  • batman5273 - November 17, 2009 4:13 p.m.

    It was a great time!! sorry Tyler I threw a grenade. I wasn't in the chat with you so I didn't know you was trying to take a pic. "My Bad!" But thank you Hank, Tyler, Brett, Chris, and Mikel!! Just have Spec Ops left and I'll have 1000/1000 on this game!!
  • rxb - November 17, 2009 1:48 p.m.

    This was such a laugh, I got on bout 12pm. Played until hunger forced me to take a break. I remember one private 2v2 match where me and Justin got murdered in the Airport [just like in the single player]
  • NeoKef - November 16, 2009 8:54 p.m.

    I hope the US team puts out their own article about their 12 hours.
  • frmonth - November 16, 2009 8:21 p.m.

    You need to do another one when I'm not caught with exams/coursework, I was only in like 3 matches until I realised that failing a GCSE maths test was not a good idea.
  • Felixthecat - November 16, 2009 6:11 p.m.

    Lol, A Spastic Tiger was funny i agree. And i was JesseJamesT, i have a feeling you got angry at me, i was messing around CONSTANTLY.
  • breener96 - November 16, 2009 5:56 p.m.

    I had such a great time lads! It was so fun! When I saw Breener1996 I was like "Holy shit!". You guys were a laugh to play with and to be honest, I enjoyed playing with you guys more than the US guys! Hope to play with ye again, and thanks!
  • Corsair89 - November 16, 2009 5:54 p.m.

    *tears* DAMN YOU, MY 360 RROD, DAMN YOU!!!
  • BadLadJon - November 16, 2009 5:51 p.m.

    MW2 was a crazy release, i gotta wait till christmas, lookin forward to MW2 and assassins creed 2

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