ONE SHOT: SUPERBROTHERS HQ’S VIDEOGAME VENDING MACHINE
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Because it’s always a great day when new Superbrothers art comes your way, presented here is Vending Machine, a new illustration for a Washington Post article profiling Eyjólfur Guðmundsson, in-game economist for Eve Online, and newly hired Valve economist Yanis Varoufakis.
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THE ‘FEVERISH BAD CRAZY’ AT THE HEART OF EVE ONLINE
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Our Ragdoll Metaphysics columnist Jim Rossignol has already done a fantastic job of documenting the depth of insular and near-inexplicable tactics that take place in the world of EVE Online, but Ten Ton Hammer has updated with a wonderful look into the “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.”
The money quote? Right here:
I was approached by one of the leaders of Red Alliance… but almost immediately we were down the rabbit hole. Much to my surprise, the RA director didn’t want in-game information from me; he wanted us to use the forensic resources of our intelligence agency to trace down The Enslaver’s home address. At a coordinated time, armed with this information, a RA member would apparently cut the power to The Enslaver’s house in the real world, and in EVE a RA capital fleet would assault the abruptly pilotless Titan. Yikes.
Bad Crazy in Internet Space [Ten Ton Hammer, via Margaret and Tom]
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RAGDOLL METAPHYSICS: GOOD GRIEF, THE VICTORY OF EVE’S SPACE GOONS
Something Awful’s Eve Online wing, GoonSwarm, has claimed what will likely go down in internet history as its greatest victory. It was an event described in a Metafilter headline thus: “It’s as if Apple dissolved Microsoft“.
That’s an incredibly accurate diagnosis of the events of last week. Thanks to a brutal betrayal of trust by an Eve player, the Something Awful superpower has used the game’s strange organisational mechanisms to take their arch-rival’s name away from them. Band Of Brothers (BoB), once the most feared of alliances, is now gone for good. The Goon victory wasn’t a great battle, nor a tremendous war brought to an end. Instead it was an inspired defector that led to the dissolution of one of Eve‘s most significant brands. It was a classic instance of underhand warfare tactics from the real world: sabotage by a traitor, trashing vital infrastructure, and leaving the gates of the fortress unlocked.
So what does it all mean? And how did it all come to pass? What it means is that upwards of several million man hours of work have been instantly obliterated, and a relatively peaceful region of Eve Online has been plunged into fresh war. The equivalent real-world costs are almost incalculable, given the sheer number of factors involved, and the thousands of people who have contributed to BoB. But it’s safe to say that we’re talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars in virtual investment put at risk. (more…)
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