Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Blog Banter 45: Propaganda

Welcome to the 45th Blog Banter, the EVE Online community discussion which stumbles from topic to topic like a drunk looking for an empty cubicle.

If you're new to the Blog Banters, don't be afraid to get stuck in with your opinion. If you're unsure how it all works, check out previously completed discussions in the Blog Banter archive or read this post for a brief explanation.

Bad UIs Cost Lives

This edition of the Blog Banter is forged from suggestions by #tweetfleet members @KaedaMaxwell, @RocWieler and @TigerlilyFenix.

In a socially-driven game environment such as EVE Online's, everyone has an agenda. CCP promotes its products and has an army of volunteers to do the same; corporations and alliances deliver entertaining recruitment drives, CSM election candidates solicit for voter favour, bloggers and podcasters opine to their audiences.

In this intricate web of communication, influence and control, what part does propaganda play in your game?

Banter on.

The Ministry of Opinion Prestidigitation

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Capturing EVE History: A Tale of Internet Spaceships

At Fanfest 2011, I had the good fortune to meet Swedish journalist Petter MÃ¥rtensson, whose relaxed, erudite manner and keen instincts meant he had a good ear for a dynamite quote. He subsequently wrote this piece about his beer-fuelled Icelandic spaceship experience for GameReactor.

The following year, we met up again and I did my best to ruin/enhance Petter's in-the-field podcasting attempts for The Three MMOsketeers on CSICON network. It was also a great opportunity for me to copy his homework as he swotted up in the press pit for various Swedish gaming news outlets.

Nobody Expects the Swedish Inquisition

Now this year, with for the big ten-year celebration of EVE Online upon us, Petter is bring out the big guns. He's planning something suitably ambitious for such a milestone; a documentary aimed at capturing the essence of Fanfest 2013, of EVE Online and the relationship between the players and the osmotic community membrane beyond which the devs can be found.

Along with his able technician, Philip Raivander, he plans to be stalking the halls and bars to capture the Fanfest ambience and will be sitting down with players and devs to get beards-and-all coverage of the occasion.

What will result will be a documentary which will forever be a record of the time hundreds of internet spaceship nerds got together to celebrate the world's greatest, most controversial, gloriously divisive yet fiercely inclusive game of interstellar treachery and destruction as it entered into its second decade.

You Rang, Marshter?

Of course, as history has shown, Petter's Fanfest coverage would be incomplete without his best laid plans being “assisted” by me. I'll be there somewhere, shambling around in the background, playing the part of skivvy, gopher and “researcher”, like some cockney Igor. I'll be doing my best to ensure that things run smoothly and interview appointments are kept. “Mishter Shoundwave, the Marshter will shee you now.”

I'll also probably be the one who has to go get you a drink if your throat is a bit dry, but don't push it. ;)

In truth, things are relatively fluid at present. We have a few big names to occupy the bar stool of doom, but there will always be room for more. The idea is that the team captures the essence of Fanfest, with screentime for every aspect of the Reykjavik-based shenanigans. Petter will be keen to chat with you about your thoughts on EVE, it's history and its future, or on your experiences; whether your Corp CEO is any good, what that battle was like, why you like rotten shark or what we should blame the Goons for today.

If you're interested, contact myself or Petter, either via the comments box below, or by email at seismic[dot]stan[at]gmail[dot]com or via Twitter.

Just One More Thing

Of course, this grand plan will only come to fruition if the project gets enough backing. Petter has set up an IndieGoGo page to get the ball rolling, and your sponsorship would be greatly appreciated. For just $10 your name will be emblazoned across the credit roll, for $50 you'll be immortalised in photographic form and for a greater sum, well, other magical things could happen.

Go check out the 'A Tale of Internet Spaceships' IndieGoGo page for up-to-date details.

We'll see you in the City in the Smoky Bay in April at beer o'clock.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

An Oscar-Winning Summary of Blog Banter 43: Celebrating the Nation of EVE

Gathering together the disparate thoughts of tens of bloggers is no simple task in any case, but to deliver one by distilling multiple awards into a single cohesive showcase of peer appreciation was an immensely tall order.

However, Drackarn at Sand, Cider and Spaceships took time out from his usual bloggery of fiction, faction and spaceship action to bring some glitz and humour to the most ambitious community celebration to ever grace the spaceship interwebs. Maybe.

In any case he does a fantastic job and thoroughly deserves comments, acceptance speeches and heckles from you the peers, nominees, winners and audience of The Podars.

Go now and take a stroll down the red (it really should be blue) carpet.