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Posted: Nov 17th 2010 5:43AM smg77 said

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Test Alliance is quickly becoming the most entertaining alliance in Eve. Keep it up guys!
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Posted: Nov 17th 2010 4:08AM claytondora said

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I have to respect those Blink people, they handled that well. Their response contained no vitriol. Only reassurance that what they were doing would go uninterrupted, and sadness at the event in general. Well played.

Posted: Nov 17th 2010 5:04AM pcgneurotic said

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I was thinking the same thing. Not often you see that kind of mature response in any online situation.
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Posted: Nov 17th 2010 9:56AM ScottishViking said

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Yep, that was some serious class. Most corps/alliances would be ragescreaming and calling for blood. But the fact that they were so prepared for this means that their losses were limited anyways. Sounds like they'd be good RL businesspeople.
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Posted: Nov 17th 2010 10:17AM lizardbones said

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Just because their press release is calm doesn't mean they can't have some contracts out on that player's ships. Sounds like they have plenty of in game money and could make it worth somebody's time to destroy 1.25B isk of that guy's stuff.

Posted: Nov 17th 2010 1:59PM Slust said

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That would only be 10% of what he jacked.
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Posted: Nov 17th 2010 2:01PM Slust said

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Dammit, how do I edit my post and remove the 0, because that typo implies math fail!? ;_;
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Posted: Nov 17th 2010 10:33AM ByDesign said

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So as I see it these types of news stories out of Eve get talked about because in no other game I can think of is 'criminal activity' part of the game. If you don't if you don't believe it youtube the Eve Online Causality trailer.

Secondly I think these stories get attention because at the very heart of Eve is its community and the social organizational tools CCP provides to facilitate management of the social dynamics in the game.

Thirdly, stories like this only really occur because someone(s) has put a lot of long term planning into their execution (though I do admit the outside chance that it could happen on the spur of the moment). Every character in Eve 'could' be a plant for your hated rival. Unless you can reach over and touch the player with your physical hand, you simply don't know who that person is.

Fourth, everyone has a price. The only difference is that some folks' price is much much higher than others.

And lastly these stories are like train wrecks, you see them but can't turn away.

Posted: Nov 17th 2010 10:51AM Resurge said

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ok, sooo ..some guy got into a corp and worked his way up to officer lvl or whatever, then took some money from the "guild vault" and g-quit? This is news? This probably happens on daily basis in WOW. I'm no fanboy of WOW, or EVE but this story seems kinda boring compared to some of the actual crimes i've read bout in EVE in the past ..meh.

Posted: Nov 17th 2010 11:41AM Kalex716 said

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Yea but no one really cares about the economy in games like WoW, as their not the real "carrot" in those games.

In games like Eve, the economies are living breathing aspects of the simulation that have major significance on the game-scape. That muddled up with lots of social interactions, and like others mentioned, one server adds up to something thats very much big news when things like this go down.

Another thing is, Somer.blink in the game is like, the 'new cool thing' so something going down with that corporation is very very interesting to the eve community.
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Posted: Nov 17th 2010 1:05PM Djinn said

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In the Real World, this guy would go to jail or live his life on the run. One of the reasons I don't like Eve is because there are no real consequences for your actions. Sure there might be a contract and someone might destroy one of his ships, but even if they destroyed 125B isk worth of his stuff that still is not a punishment - that's just what he stole. And no matter how much of his stuff you destroy, he is still free to keep doing what he wants. That's not punishment - munch away, he'll make more.

Posted: Nov 17th 2010 1:43PM (Unverified) said

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And this type of behavior is why I stopped playing EVE. The environment is setup to breed this type of anti-social behavior. I love the universe a lot, but having to play with people who lie, cheat and steal as a part of daily life(even if it is "legal by the game rules") is taxing since I don't believe that it is necessary or even particularly healthy to behave like that. One thing I do know is that if the people in EVE who behave this way did so anywhere but EVE they'd be in jail or worse.

Posted: Nov 17th 2010 1:54PM Wamimaster said

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Seems like it could be a coordinated prank to get publicity for Somer.blink.... lots of free advertising...

Posted: Nov 17th 2010 3:02PM Luk said

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Yes, it certainly seems that way, except this kind of publicity doesn't inspire much confidence in the entire operation and people who run it. I would not be surprised if this was a scam on Somer.blink part. If gamblers ask where their ISK went they can say that "one armed Daquaris" took it.
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Posted: Nov 17th 2010 5:55PM Graill440 said

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"cjc.brimd said on 2:12AM 11-17-2010
Indeed, we are a terrible blight upon EVE. At least this time what we did is 100% legal by the game rules.
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You people are exactly the reason Eve is so tiny. There are no ingame counters to real life fraud, no matter what soapbox you stand on to try and justify what you state as being "legal" ingame. Dont stand behind ignorant, corrupt, lazy developers.

The same thing will happen to you folks that did with some of the other people that used real life to gain advantage in a game and bragged about it, you get tracked down in real life and your @sses get beaten due to that bragging. You will be found eventually, people like you and others always slip up.

You people state its only a game, that real life has nothing to do with it, "build a bridge and get over it" i have seen you people type, yet you use real life trust knowing there is no ingame counter to what you do, reading about your future injuries in the paper, on tv or on youtube, now thats the good drama i like to read, i look forward to reading about someone that caused this scam get tagged eventually.

Entertainment indeed, grin.

Posted: Nov 18th 2010 2:01AM Benicio said

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Graill is a perfect example of someone who cant differentiate between game-world and real-world.

Wishing actual harm on someone who's game character 'beat' you or took in-game money from you? Now that's messed up.

"You people" indeed.
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Posted: Nov 19th 2010 7:28AM Wartz said

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>You people are exactly the reason Eve is so tiny. There are no ingame counters to >real life fraud, no matter what soapbox you stand on to try and justify what you >state as being "legal" ingame. Dont stand behind ignorant, corrupt, lazy >developers.

EVE is tiny? O_O

Stealing pixela in a video game == fraud in real life?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGplrpWvz0I

I for one applaud CCP for creating a truly free and open framework for interaction between players in SPACESHIPS. (or closer than any other game) rather than WoW's closed, narrow, and endlessly repeating quest for more shiny pixel hats.
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Posted: Nov 18th 2010 4:39AM Charger said

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Subcribe to Eve. The game needs more victims....ah...I mean players.

Posted: Nov 18th 2010 6:53AM (Unverified) said

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Is it feasible for someone to start a legitimate profitable security company to help curtail these activities? I've never played Eve so I have no clue if the mechanics of the game would allow someone to setup a viable functional organization like this. I just think if it were possible the counter espionage aspect of game play may be fun for the dubious gameplay styles of Eve.

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