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A Tale of Internet Spaceships

A Tale of Internet Spaceships - A crowd funded documentary on the video game, Eve Online. Filmed at the annual CCP FanFest, a look at the unique world of spaceships, spreadsheets, diplomacy, community, and inevitable betrayal.
posted by Argyle on Jul 12, 2014 - 4 comments

"War on the impossible"

Anatomy of a failure, with vampires. Icelandic Eve-creator CCP's World of Darkness MMO was shut down recently. This Guardian article gives a behind-the-scenes rubberneck at what went wrong.
posted by Sebmojo on Jun 5, 2014 - 78 comments

This is why we can't have nice things.

"Naturally, the record for the largest and most costly single engagement in EVE history was expected to stand for some time. It didn’t."
posted by Evilspork on Apr 8, 2014 - 48 comments

Goonswarm didn't get where they are today by "playing it smart."

The first issue of the new EVE Online comic book from Dark Horse comics is now available for free download (free registration required). What's particularly interesting about the "EVE: True Stories" comic series is that the stories are retellings of actual player-driven game events. The first story to be adapted is the downfall of the Band of Brothers alliance, which we talked about previously.
posted by 256 on Feb 21, 2014 - 40 comments

You liked Asakai? Wait'll you hear about B-R5RB.

“Supposedly, it was set up for auto-pay, just like any other bill in real life, but either that didn’t happen or the money wasn’t in the wallet, and then everything just escalated..." EVE Online battles can be epic. Let's see how accidentally not paying the rent led to what is coming to be known as the largest battle in New Eden, and some would say gaming as a whole, to date. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Jan 31, 2014 - 96 comments

2900 ships lost

Largest space battle in history claims 2,900 ships, untold virtual lives. After 5 hours of battle, CFC defeats the TEST alliance. [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Jul 28, 2013 - 82 comments

We should keep going and see how many titans we can lose in ten minutes

How does your EVE Online alliance top losing 400 billion ISK to corporate espionage? Why, by losing 309 billion ISK on a single ship of course! [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics on Jul 10, 2013 - 161 comments

The in-world economics of online games

“Economic theory has come to a dead end — the last real breakthroughs were in the 1960s,” says Yanis Varoufakis, a Greek economist recently hired by the video-game company Valve. “But that’s not because we stopped being clever. We came up against a hard barrier. The future is going to be in experimentation and simulation — and video game communities give us a chance to do all that.”
posted by Chrysostom on Oct 1, 2012 - 25 comments

Observing the "burn jita" player event

Observing the "burn jita" player event
posted by Cloud King on May 2, 2012 - 47 comments

We don't have to worry about ISK for a very long time, now.

Phaser Inc., a trading company in space-based MMO EVE online, have absconded with a record-breaking 1 trillion ISK and revealed themselves as a giant ponzi scheme in a remarkably frank open letter. Their haul of the in-game currency translates to just over $50,000, or 242 years-worth, of PLEX (traded for playing time). [via RockPaperShotgun] [more inside]
posted by Drexen on Aug 21, 2011 - 82 comments

A different kind of Eve drama.

Tuesday: Incarna, the latest expansion to Eve Online, introduces an in-game "micro"-transaction store where virtual clothes and jewelry cost more than the same items would go for in the real world. Players are not impressed.
Wednesday: A purported internal CCP Games newsletter is leaked (direct PDF link) indicating, contrary to previous unambiguous promises to the community, plans for greatly expanding the scope of items and services available to be purchased for real money in Eve Online. The forums erupt.
Today: CCP confirms that the document is real. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Jun 24, 2011 - 72 comments

That's a titanic amount of isk!!!!oneeleven!!!

According to my calculations the equivalent of at least $50,000.00 USD was obliterated in a single fleet engagement on February 14. The location was the Uemon system, which is located in everyone's favorite space sandbox - Eve Online. This fleet engagement has been dubbed the Valentine's Day Massacre by EveNews 24. Here(NSFW) is a typical Eve Online propaganda video, which also contains an example of endgame fleet warfare. (note: the fraps capture is sped up) If you want to skip the propaganda go to the 8:00 mark. Here is another example of fleet warfare. [more inside]
posted by AElfwine Evenstar on Feb 16, 2011 - 164 comments

Sovereignty scandal

A scandal is brewing in Eve Online. [more inside]
posted by AElfwine Evenstar on Nov 3, 2010 - 92 comments

Bank insider steals 200 billion

Bank insider steals 200 billion - a director in EBank in Eve Online has stolen 200 billion ISK (approximately 10% of deposits), engaging in real money trading to fence his loot. Equivalent to ~US$12,000, the theft has left Ebank with concerns over liquidity, security, auditor failure, and a run on the bank by investors. Unlike the real world, there is no government bail-out.
posted by Argyle on Jun 15, 2009 - 93 comments

The Spy is in the Refridgerator!

Bad Crazy in Internet Space
There is a jagged fissure of insanity which runs through the heart of the EVE playerbase, a kind of feverish bad crazy that you simply don't find in other online games. Oh, sure, everyone knows a tale or two about the Starcraft player who stayed awake for 50 hours and died from exhaustion because he wouldn't stop gaming, or the legions of relatively mundane overweight basement-dwelling nerds that populate the other MMOs that have a lack of perspective that comes from playing in virtual worlds too much. Some people like to point to South Korea's Starcraft tournaments as a sign of abnormality, but sporting leagues are a 'healthy' expression of hobby activity by most standards. No, if you want utter madness, you have to look to EVE.
The Mitanni, head of the Goonswarm Intelligence Agency, tells some tales from the dark underbelly of Eve Online. (previously)
posted by empath on Apr 13, 2009 - 110 comments

It's as if Apple dissolved Microsoft

"Today we destroyed BoB." The giant sandbox-galaxy of EVE-Online (previously) was rocked this week by a defection from Band of Brothers, the largest alliance in the game (and no stranger to controversy), to the Something Awful-related alliance Goonswarm. The Mittani, the goon spymaster, explains what happened, after all of BoB's assets were given over, the alliance disbanded, and the name reincorporated by goons. Via [more inside]
posted by waraw on Feb 6, 2009 - 207 comments

DeMMOcracy

MMORPG maker to create oversight committee of elected players -- The makers of Eve Online, are taking a bold step in combating charges (previously discussed here) of favoritism towards one of the dominant in-game groups: holding elections for player ombudsman who will be flown to Iceland to audit the company's practices and report back to the game's subscribers.
posted by uri on Jun 12, 2007 - 21 comments

Band of Developers

A hacker breaks into the forums of the guild Band of Brothers on the MMORPG Eve, where he discovers an Eve devolper, called t20, is not only a high-ranking member of the alliance, but has been feeding BoB expensive and rare in-game items. CCP, the company who runs EVE, denies any wrong doing, before it is revealed that CCP knew about t20's abuses for over six months. Players are not happy.
posted by Snyder on Feb 12, 2007 - 49 comments

The question is - was this illegal?

Scamming in the MMORPG Eve Online
posted by Orange Goblin on Aug 14, 2004 - 18 comments

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