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EVE Online Makes the BBC February 24, 2009

Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, EVE Online.
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The defeat of BoB in EVE Online was big enough to make it to the BBC it seems.

The story is short and to the point.  The best quote for me was from Mittani:

“We don’t have any advantages, so we can’t obey your stupid ‘space bushido’. We’re going to spy, we’re going to use defectors, we’re going to lie, cheat, steal and be bastards.”

Space Bushido!

But can you say “bastards” on the BBC, or is that reserved for the web site?

Thanks to my friend Steven for IM’ing me with the link!


1. syncaine - February 25, 2009

Good thing the American media only covers SL…

Indeed a good line about the space bushido, how very goon of them.


2. bluelinebasher - February 25, 2009

To quote my wife, “Slow news day, huh.”


3. Godlesswanderer - February 25, 2009

EVE has made it to the BBC quite a few times, I think. I wonder if there are any other major news groups that EVE has managed to get on.


4. Wilhelm2451 - February 25, 2009

That was the failed search for the right headline on my part. You are right, if you search on “EVE Online” on the BBC site, you’ll find multiple hits.

The essence I was going for was that the Goonswarm taking down BoB event was newsworthy to the BBC.

That an event that occurred in-game in EVE made the mainstream news seems to me to be significant, rather than the usual “Man-children flying internet spaceships,” “Game slang is creeping into the language,” or “Virtual world economies put theories to the test” level of coverage that seems to be all that bubbles up, even on the BBC site.

@Syncaine – I like that he did not go with Space Honor, Chivalry, Code of Conduct, or Ethos. He went straight to the medieval Japanese term. I think he chose it because it sounded good (it does) and because the starting sound of the word is similar to the starting sound of the word “bullshit,” which was his point.


5. michael, St Erroneous - February 25, 2009

On the “bushido” reference…

The name of one of the TAFKABoB corps, Reikoku, is Japanese for “relentless”. TAFKABoB is now the alliance called “KenZoku”, Japanese for “family.” And, entirely tangentially, EVOL’s CEO, SirMolle, was recently associated with Sabre A’s Seppuku Warriors training corporation.

BoB was/is big on the Japanese references. The Goons notice this. :)


6. Wilhelm2451 - February 25, 2009

Ah, I did not know about this BoB tendency and how it may have influenced Mittani’s statement. Thanks for the enlightenment!


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