Serious Business

The Guardian’s Phil Hartup embeds himself in the war-torn virtual world of EVE.  In the first part of a series, hilarity ensues:

“With that in mind, when the opportunity to join what is now called Goonwaffe and ride along with them and the rest of the Clusterfuck Coalition (CFC) during their, at the time, impending invasion of The Fountain region of the game appeared, seemed rude not to go.

Joining Goon is a remarkably sophisticated process, because it needs to be. I’ve seen plenty of gaming clans struggle under the weight of administration just to keep a few dozen players, a web forum and a voice comms server ticking over. Goonwaffe has thousands of members so recruitment, training, communications in and out of the game, forum admin, tech support, even security are all major concerns. You can’t just round up thousands of players, point them at the bad guys and type go in local chat, at least not anymore.”

I’ve never played EVE but I love reading about it.  It sounds like late-capitalism on space-steroids.

Because it is late-capitalism on space-steroids.

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