On the March 3, 2017 edition of The New Yorker Radio Hour, Simon Parkin highlighted the short history of EVE as a massively multiplayer online game that has captured the hearts and minds of countless individuals. During the piece, Simon talks to a few EVE players, including Imperium’s own Alexander “The Mittani” Gianturco. The piece goes on to talk about Goonswarm and its historic feud with Band of Brothers: the “Great War” that took place between the two factions was a lengthy campaign on both fronts that eventually petered out into a stalemate of sorts. The turn of the tide, however, came when the low-level alt of one of the founding members of Band of Brothers was recruited by Goonswarm. And the war was ended with the single push of a button as Band of Brothers was…disbanded…overnight.
With that, the face of EVE was changed forever. Yet its world spins on, and countless players continue to sacrifice hours of time to a life lived in the endless void between suns.
As someone who hasn’t really played EVE that much, I found the piece interesting. Insightful. I can’t pretend to understand the vast intricacies of what EVE is, but I feel like this piece gave me the tiniest glimpse of a world I haven’t had the opportunity to experience. Regardless of your experience level with EVE, this segment is something you ought to check out.
And, for those interested in a rousing tune, let’s not forget the Goon Swarm Anthem…