Internet Spaceships Are Serious Business: An EVE Online Reader

Internet Spaceships Are Serious Business: An EVE Online Reader


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EVE Online is a socially complex, science-fiction-themed universe simulation and massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) first released in 2003. Notorious for its colossal battles and ruthless player culture, it has hundreds of thousands of players today. In this fascinating book, scholars, players, and EVE’s developer (CCP Games) examine the intricate world of EVEOnline--providing authentic accounts of lived experience within a game with more than a decade of history and millions of “real” dollars behind it.

Internet Spaceships Are Serious Business features contributions from outstanding EVE Online players, such as The Mittani, an infamous member of the game’s community, as well as academics from around the globe. They cover a wide range of subjects: the game’s technicalities and its difficulty; its projection of humanity’s future in space; the configuration of its unique, single-server game world; the global nature of warfare in its “nullsec” territory (and how EVE players have formed a global concept of time); stereotypes of Russian players; espionage play; in-game memorials to Vile Rat (aka U.S. State Department official Sean Smith, murdered in the 2012 Benghazi attack); its gendered playing experience; and CCP Games’ relationship with players; and its history and legacy.

Internet Spaceships Are Serious Business is a must for EVE Online players interested in a broad perspective on their all-consuming game. It is also accessible to scholars, game designers seeking to understand and replicate the successful aspects unique to EVE Online, and even those who have never played this notoriously complex game.

Contributors: William Sims Bainbridge, National Science Foundation; Chribba; Jedrzej Czarnota; Kjartan Pierre Emilsson; Dan Erdman; Rebecca Fraimow; Martin R. Gibbs, U of Melbourne; Catherine Goodfellow; Kathryn Gronsbell; Keith Harrison; Kristin MacDonough; Mantou (Zhang Yuzhou); Oskar Milik; The Mittani (Alexander Gianturco); Joji Mori; Richard Page; Christopher Paul, Seattle U; Erica Titkemeyer, U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Nick Webber, Birmingham City U.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816699087
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 03/23/2016
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Marcus Carter is a research fellow in the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces at the University of Melbourne.

Kelly Bergstrom is a postdoctoral researcher at York University.

Darryl Woodford is is a visiting fellow with the Digital Media Research Centre and the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology.

Table of Contents

Glossary of EVE Online Jargon
Marcus Carter, Kelly Bergstrom, and Darryl Woodford
1. EVE Online for the Uninitiated
Kelly Bergstrom and Marcus Carter
2. EVEOnline Is Hard and It Matters
Christopher Paul
3. Virtual Interstellar Travel
William Sims Bainbridge
4. Universes, Metaverses, and Multiverses
Kjartan Pierre Emilsson
5. The Digital Grind: Time and Labor as Resources of War in EVE Online
Oskar Milik
6. The Russians Are Coming! Stereotypes and Perceptions of “Russianness” in EVE Online
Catherine Goodfellow
7. The Art of Selling Trust
8. We Play Something Awful: Goon Projects and Pervasive Practice on Online Games
Richard Page
9. The Accidental Spymaster
Keith Harrison
10. The Evolution of Player Organizations: A Goonswarm Perspective
The Mittani (Alexander Gianturco)
11. RIP Vile Rat: Makeshift Memorials in EVE Online
Martin R. Gibbs, Marcus Carter, and Joji Mori
12. Imagined Capsuleers: Reframing Discussions about Gender and EVE Online
Kelly Bergstrom
13. The Social System in EVE Online
Mantou (Zhang Yuzhou)
14. Do EVE Online Players Dream of Icelandic Spaceships? The Role and Mechanisms of Co-creation in CCP’s Success
Jedrzej Czarnota
15. EVEOnline as History
Nick Webber
16. On the EVE of Preservation: Conserving a Complex Universe
Kristin MacDonough, Rebecca Fraimow, Dan Erdman, Kathryn Gronsbell, and Erica Titkemeyer

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