Why did something that happened in a multi-player space simulation game make the news? Because at one point, 4,070 human pilots were engaged in an epic battle between two of Eve Online‘s biggest alliances, clashing over solar systems and resources, taking commands, moving in in fleets, destroying each others’ ships. You don’t have to be a gamer or a war strategist to realize how vast and complicated of an undertaking this was.
Real time was slowed down to 10% so the servers can figure out who was shooting at whom. After it was over, millions were “dead” and thousands of dollars (translated into internet currency, used for constructing now destroyed ships) were actually lost. How did this happen? Let’s ask.
“Because of Russians + Something Awful v. Reddit, sending LoTR quotes to each other as motivation,” ANIMAL friend Peter Yeh, bringer of the news tells us. “There’s a world beyond yours and I’m not 100% sure how it works…”