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EVE Online

4 years ago

Feature: No Wrong Way To Play?

The New Order Of EVE Online: Meet The Corp On A Crusade To Bring War To Highsec Space

They say that in space, no one can hear you scream. I'm inclined to believe that's a lie, mostly due to the hail of insults quickly filling up my chat window. I'd be a little pissed off too if my relaxing evening in EVE Online [official site] was just ruined by a roaming gang of thugs, but this foul-mouthed victim is not the first one…

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Feature: Selling Space

EVE Online’s Andie Nordgren: “When People Are Talking A Lot About CCP That Usually Means Something Is Wrong”

During FanFest 2015 I sat down to talk with EVE Online's executive producer Andie Nordgren about communication and EVE Online. It's a game with a reputation for being hardcore. As Nordgren puts it herself later in our chat, "You have this idea that people who play EVE are some weird spreadsheet masochists, right?" So, with that in mind, how do you go about attracting and…

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Feature: Spaceship storytime

EVE Online’s Historian Talks Battlefleets And Betrayals

"Death to Taggart, Death to Ragnar, Death to the memory of this treacherous night." Thus it was that a character named Jade Constantine signed off an EVE Online forum post in 2003. Ragnar was the leader of the rival Taggart Transdimensional corporation and Taggart had declared war on Jade Constantine's corp. Her overwrought posting - as role-played by an Englishman - commemorated the occasion. "I…

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5 years ago

Have You Played… Eve Online?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. There are MMOs, and there's Eve Online. There are space games, and there is the space game which is a thriving, living universe populated by thousands of players and brought to life by their very real industry, political machination, and endless conflict. It…

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Feature: Backseat Drivers

Spaceship Diplomacy: Spies And Information In EVE Online

In this, the last of our reports from EVE Fanfest 2014, Rich Stanton sits down with one of the MMOs' enigmatic space diplomats. One of the most curious aspects of EVE Online is that the more influential the player, the less time they spend in the game. Or claim to, at least – The Mittani positively exults in how rarely he logs in. I still…

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Feature: Space Race

Forging Frontiers: EVE’s Future

If there was a subtext to the announcement that development on CCP's World of Darkness was being stopped, it is surely that CCP has learned what it is good at – and that may not include vampires. “That was a big part of the keynote this year,” says CCP's Torfil Oloffson. “And [CEO] Hilmar [Petursson] has said this a few times: CCP is now an…

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Feature: Cash Rules EVE-rything Around Me

Money Talks: An Interview With EVE Online’s Economist

EVE Online's economy is unique among videogames in being truly player-driven; outside of the wildcard item of PLEX, almost everything in the game is constructed, hoarded and sold by players. The enormous complexity of this is why, seven years ago, CCP decided to hire a full-time economist. “My name is Eyjolfur Eyjo Gudmundsson but no-one can pronounce that,” he laughs, “So I am known as…

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Feature: The Untold Story Of EVE Online's Biggest Battle

Big Trouble In EVE China

One of EVE Online's most important features is that everything takes place on a single UK-based server called Tranquility. Cool story bro, but the only problem is that's not quite true. The Chinese version of EVE Online has its own server, Serenity, operated by the publisher Tiancity – and it has just as much, if not more, capacity for the enormous player-driven events EVE is…

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Feature: Ragnarok Arrives

EVE Online And The Big Game Hunters

In the months I've been following EVE Online, one story stuck in my head more than any other. It's the tale of how a pilot flying a Ragnarok Titan, the biggest and most expensive ship class in the game, was inactive but tracked for years by a group of players. And when he eventually logged on, they bagged him. The outlines suggest so much –…

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Feature: Whack Attack

EVE Fanfest 2014 – The RPS Report

I'm standing outside the Brick bar in Reykjavik, Iceland. After 2 days of hardcore talks, announcements, and chatter about spaceships, the EVE Fanfest pub crawl has begun. Each team is numbered and has a physical flag. I hear a whoop and turn to see a guy wearing a Guristas top – a pirate faction – run with a stolen flag, the previous owners hot on…

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Feature: Emergent Gunplay?

First Look – EVE: Project Legion

Rich Stanton is in Iceland attending EVE Fanfest, CCP's celebration of internet spaceships and those who love them. He was there when the company revealed Project Legion, and he tracked down CCP staff to get details of the new sandbox shooter set in the EVE universe. Finally. Among CCP's odd decisions over the years, surely one of the strangest was in making Dust-514 a Playstation…

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Feature: The Big Bang

EVE Diary Part Three: Oui Together

Rich Stanton has been playing player-driven space MMO Eve Online - read parts one and two here. In this third and final part, Rich joins a corporation and goes to war. In Stendhal's The Charterhouse of Parma an idealistic young Italian called Fabrice del Dongo runs off to join Napoleon's army, and ends up at the Battle of Waterloo. He gets bonked on the head,…

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Feature: Fleeting Sensations

EVE Online Diary Part Two: Pew Pew Pew!

“OK guys I wantcha to align to Vard annnd... warp. That gate is green on land.” Our FC – Fleet Commander – takes EVE very seriously indeed. This is great because I have no idea what I'm doing. The soothing computerised voice of the ship fills my ears: “Warp drive active.” I arrive out of warp and, per the FC's instructions, jump through the waiting…

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Feature: Warped Drive

EVE Online Diary Part One: Spaceships And Supermarkets

Rich Stanton has been playing EVE Online. In the first of a three-part diary series, he explains the tools and apps he uses to make sure he never wastes a minute of valuable space time. It is often said, and not without justification, that EVE Online is more of a spreadsheet simulator than a space game. At the very core of this magnificent creation are…

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Feature: More Than A Game

Jacking Into The Matrix: EVE And Oculus’ Utopian Dreams

Sometimes interviews go perfectly according to script and everything is just dandy. Also, frequently boring. In those instances, you nod dutifully after exhausting every possible line of questioning, turn off your recorder, and usually buy some form of burrito to soak up the tears. But other times things just sort of naturally veer into wacky territory. That's not to say that CCP CEO Hilmar Pétursson's dreams…

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6 years ago

Feature: To Infinity And Beyond

CCP On How Valkyrie Will Fuse With EVE, Evolve

EVE Valkyrie has caught enough eyes to populate the world's weirdest, most Halloween-friendly gumball machine, but let's be honest here: we don't actually know all that much about it. Yes, it's glittering, glorious dogfighting with a thing that sounds amusingly similar to "Octopus" strapped to your face, but EVE is more than just a series of battles. Much, much more. It's a universe of politics,…

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Feature: Space In Your Face

Impressions: EVE Valkyrie

I love the idea of being in space, but I've recently come to realize that the reality of space is entirely horrifying. No air, no gravity, no control. Humans weren't meant to exist outside our warm, loamy cradle of a planet, and mortality's icy hand becomes much harder to ignore when it's inches away from your face. That's the power of EVE Valkyrie, the suck-the-air-out-of-your-lungs…

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Feature: StardateZ

How Rocket Plans To Follow EVE’s Lead With DayZ

I have a theory: eventually all games will just become EVE Online. This stems partially from the spacefaring MMO's remarkably forward-thinking focus on player interactions and player-powered corporate empires that make EA look like The Most Comparatively Decent Company In America, but mostly from the fact that developers are literally saying that it's their goal. PlanetSide 2, EverQuest Next, Age of Wushu, countless indies, etc.…

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Feature: Money makes the worlds go round

EVE Fanfest 2013: The Invisible Hand of EVE Online

One of the most fascinating and enduring things about EVE Online is the depth of its economics. The player-driven economy has got a full decade of history behind it, operating on its own strange breed of anarcho-capitalism. In Free Market economics, there is an idea called the ‘invisible hand’. This is the idea that the marketplace ultimately regulates itself, whether it wants to or not.…

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Feature: And why do I want to put only mining lasers on it?

EVE Fanfest 2013: Interview With A Space Philanthropist

I went to EVE Fanfest, where I mostly walked around pretending to be a real journalist. A lot of my time was devoted to finding one person: a space captain called Chribba. Talking to various EVE players, I soon discovered that this man was something of a celebrity in New Eden. Not only is he one of the most well-known players, but he is also…

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