A sci-fi-themed MMORPG built around spaceships, the economy, and drama.
- Developer: CCP Games
- Release Date: 05/2003
EVE Online is a spreadsheet application disguised as a video game. Unlike most MMORPGs but like most spreadsheet apps, it is exceptionally complicated and lacking in action.
EVE Online is also host to a very complex in-game economy. Unlike most video games, EVE relies on its players to be majors in Accounting and to build items to sell in the marketplace. It also allows players to form corporations and work together much in the same way real-world businessmen do. Also just like real-world businessmen, players can and will steal millions or billions of ISK (the in-game currency) from their corporation and fly off somewhere very far away. Keep in mind that there are no rules against any of this, just like in modern capitalism.
EVE Online was the big idea of Icelandic game developers CCP Games. Failing to create the next Excel knockoff, they have subtly transformed it into an interactive screensaver. Due to its ongoing success, EVE has made CCCP one of the largest and most powerful companies in Iceland. Such is the life of Icelandic communism.
The "walk-in stations", where players will control human avatars inside space stations, is currently being developed. Scheduled for "soon." An oncoming expansion will also implement a presentation subprogram, just so you can fool your potential customers like in real life.
Recently, CCP has implemented a real money shop where in-game items can be purchased with real money, as many MMO's over the years have done. This alone was enough to make the playerbase very angry, but then an internal document was leaked that contained a discussion by CCP as to whether selling overpowered spaceships for IRL cash was a good idea. Common sense will tell you that businesses and governments like to take the time to discuss stupid ideas to figure out why they're stupid, but the only thing stupider than these ideas are the general public. As a result, EVE is currently swamped with in-game "riots" where pilots from across the galaxy have taken it upon themselves to fire at indestructible monuments located in the major tradehubs. This accomplishes nothing other than the destruction of the players' ships via CONCORD, the in-game police force (think the police from Grand Theft Auto except actually good at what they do). This wouldn't be a problem, but the same gigantic blob of sub-intellectuals is also attacking any players in sight, which, considering that this is going on in the major trade-hubs, will probably cause the in-game economy to crash, which means cheap shit for everyone.
- Developed in Iceland.
There are many familiar designs to be found in EVE Online's spaceships.
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