Burn Jita Makes it to Le Figaro

Dans ce macrocosme fascinant s’est instaurée une société complexe, un far-west spatial où le commerce de matières premières côtoie le crime organisé, la délinquance financière ou l’escroquerie pure et simple.

Le Figaro, on EVE Online

There is a sentence that sums up EVE Online pretty well.  Go on, use Google Translate on it.

So many things are made better by being in French.

And EVE Online making the culture section of Le Figaro… amazing.

Okay, it isn’t quite Le Monde, but it is still one of the “papers of record” in France.

Though I do have to nitpick about their headline.

EVE News 24 logo right at the top...

It translates roughly as “Anarchist Insurrection Launched in Online Game.”

I wouldn’t exactly call the Goonswarm or the CFC anarchists. (Comments on the article point this out as well, before the thread turns to the tired violence in video games argument.)  More unfettered capitalists really.  They don’t want to burn down the universe, just the parts where other people live.

There are other errors.  Jita is a star system, not a space station, and you cannot really ruin the insurance companies since they are NPC run and have limitless resources available.

But the article as a whole gets across the spirit of the game… and the viewpoint of CCP.  The didn’t stop the event, they just reinforced the servers running Jita so it could go on.

Of course, I might be biased about the article, as they chose to embed my Jita movie further down the page.  First Poland, then France… wait, don’t go there.  Anyway, like Jerry Lewis, my works are appreciated more overseas.

8 thoughts on “Burn Jita Makes it to Le Figaro

  1. saucelah

    Wait, what’s this first Poland bit?

    I just found from trackbacks that one of my defining sandbox articles is being cited as a source in the Polish wikipedia’s article on sandbox gaming. I’m not sure whether to be pleased or to be concerned that someone who speaks Polish thinks someone named “saucelah” counts as an expert.


  2. Step

    I just put the whole article through google translate and it makes a good read. Although the “campaign of targeted killings of minors” must be a new low, even for goons.


  3. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Step – Heh, the joy of Google translate. Goon campaign against under age gamers! (It should be miners, in case anybody did not get that.)

    @NoAstro – I haven’t checked Aftenposten, the big Norwegian daily. But they haven’t covered EVE for a while. (But they have covered it!) I used to read their English edition regularly until they noticed it was pretty much just me reading it and shut it down. Best source of moose related news items ever.


  4. flosch

    In some way, “anarchist” is fitting. Anarchism used to be one of the catch-all names for people and movements that committed to “propaganda of the deed”, that is, assassination and such. Today, you’d classify many of them as violent democrats, or socialists, or nationalists. Like Gaetano Bresci, or Gavrilo Princip.

    I just wonder what the Goons are… but I guess some people just want to watch the world burn. EVE, c’est la guerre!


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