Sean Smith AKA "Vile Rat" Killed in Benghazi

#1 Posted by Renahzor (991 posts) -

A touching Article by Goonswarm's The_Mittani: http://themittani.com/news/rip-vile-rat

Though I didn't know the man, I have heard of him though various in-game channels. My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of all those killed in Libya. EVE is an interesting game, everyone has friends and enemies, wars and alliances. But in the end everyone comes together to help support each other when shit gets real. RiP Vile Rat.

#2 Posted by Village_Guy (2581 posts) -

Never heard of him, but I'm not really into EVE. But at least he wasn't killed over some silly quarrel related to the game.

Rest In Peace.

#3 Posted by Ghostiet (5281 posts) -
@Village_Guy said:

Never heard of him, but I'm not really into EVE. But at least he wasn't killed over some silly quarrel related to the game.

Rest In Peace.

Yeah, instead he got in a silly quarrel of a different sort.
#4 Posted by scalpel (314 posts) -

@Ghostiet: There's nothing silly about angry Islamists.

#5 Posted by Sanj (2393 posts) -

I don't know Sean, but RIP and my condolences to his loved ones.

#6 Posted by Karkarov (3109 posts) -

There is nothing silly about what happened to him or the other people involved in the incident. They were regular people just doing their jobs and they were killed by a bunch of raving lunatic whack job islamists for no reason other than being from the US. Best wishes to his family and friends, no one involved here deserved this and we can only hope these incidents will lead to changes that prevent it from ever happening again.

#7 Posted by TeflonBilly (4713 posts) -

Ugh, I saw a 14 minute clip of the "movie" which supposedly set all these maniacs off in a tizzy. What a bloody waste, on both ends.

First of all the movie is stupid garbage abd secondly how can you get so murderously angry over such a percieved slight. If your God is so almighty, you'd expect him to handle somebody talking some shit about him. Especially when it's so shittily done you'd have to be half-tarded to take it seriously.

A damn shame.

Very touching written piece though. RIP

#8 Edited by Peanut (954 posts) -

Wow. That was a pretty powerful piece of writing and it's a shame we're still living in a world where shit like this can happen. It makes me ill to the very core of my being to know there are people out there with such a disregard for human life. It's so hard to not just say that I wish they all die and rot in hell, but those people are so fucked up I don't think they even realize what they're doing most of the time.

It sounds like he was a great guy and a credit to EVE and I hope he rests peacefully.

#9 Edited by Ghostiet (5281 posts) -
@scalpel said:

@Ghostiet: There's nothing silly about angry Islamists.

Conflicts are generally silly - as in, pathetic. This one especially. My comment was aimed at the "oh, at least he was murdered without a reason and not because of a video game" sentiment.
#10 Posted by Silvergun (297 posts) -

Man, I played with Vile Rat when I was in Goonfleet. I didn't know him too well, but he was a good guy who really did some amazing things for GSA and EVE in general.

#11 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4605 posts) -

As truly horrible as this is, that article is also simply fascinating in it's own right. A lot of EVE stories are kind of crazy, but you never get much of an idea of who is behind all of it. Vile Rat sounds like he was a very cool dude, and for a State Department employee be one of the most influential players in EVE - EVE, for fucks sake - just seems really interesting. Fucking shame we had to find out about him like this.

#12 Posted by AleksO (87 posts) -

Many may think of Eve as just a mmo like any others but since politics plays a huge role ingame, Sean's skills as a diplomat in real life transferred straight into eve and has made him one of the most important players to Eve ever. He is behind lots and lots of different deals ect, and was and overall awesome dude that will be missed by the eve community.

We Eve players may be looked at as assholes and "bad" games but today we really see that we are a big family and with the news of a loss of a family members spreading out in New Eden, you really see how many people Sean touched in some way.

As we speak lots and lots of player owned structures(POS's) and outposts are being renamed in the memory of Sean.

#13 Edited by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

@scalpel said:

@Ghostiet: There's nothing silly about angry Islamists.

Yes, it's very disrespectful to say an attack on innocent people was a 'silly quarrel'. Especially when multiple people died, and more people hurt. The extremist groups all around the middle east, and some in Europe are a big issue, I don't think apathy and denial will fix it at all.

#14 Posted by Ghostiet (5281 posts) -
@BestUsernameEver said:

@scalpel said:

@Ghostiet: There's nothing silly about angry Islamists.

Yes, it's very disrespectful to say an attack on innocent people was a 'silly quarrel'. Especially when multiple people died, and more people hurt. The extremist groups all around the middle east, and some in Europe are a big issue, I don't think apathy and denial will fix it at all.

As I said, I was mocking Village_Guy's comment. I thought the sarcasm and intent was obvious.
#15 Edited by Mikemcn (6988 posts) -

I'm amazed that guy could commit all that time to Eve, a very time demanding game, and get a top job at an embassy in such a key part of the world today. If his ability to multitask is any indication of skill, I'm sure he would gave gone even farther up the ranks given the chance. Such a shame. He had a wife and children too.

#16 Posted by Grimluck343 (1149 posts) -

Such a waste. RIP.

#17 Posted by StarvingGamer (8254 posts) -

:'(

#18 Posted by ajamafalous (12002 posts) -

That was a powerfully-written piece, and for Vile Rat to have died over such a ridiculous thing that he wasn't even involved in nor responsible for makes me sick.

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