I know close to nothing about EVE Online, but I know a lot of you guys love hearing about the crazy stories that come out of it, so in case you missed it, I thought this was worth a thread. If you have more information, please share it, and if I talk out of my ass, feel free to correct me. :)
Over the week end, a simple navigation error made by a high ranking member of one of the largest factions in the game, caused a ginormous battle involving at least 2800 players. The exact count isn't clear, but it may be as much as 3284 players, with 278 alliances and 740 corporations involved. Here's a pretty good explaination of what happened, by appropriately named reddit user videogameexpert :
Pretend EVE is real life and whole cities can teleport.
The reddit alliance is pretending to be north america in this example and something awful goons will be Europe.
These two superpowers have been somewhat friends for 3 years, but relationships are getting strained. Also, some people just want to fight because they're bored.
They've been arguing with each other for a few days now, and the guy controlling Paris (a single EVE ship, but one of the most powerful ones) last night hit the wrong button. He teleported the city of Paris into Canada (Pandemic in my example) but forgot to teleport all the suburbs (ships) around the city, stranding it.
Canada ganged up on Paris instantly and called in the US (TEST in my example) to help. So basically the US and Canada obliterated Paris. Europe sent in reinforcements but without a good strategy against an already prepared North America they were also crushed.
Europe is now without 3 major cities and 10 or so minor ones. They still have plenty of resources left, but it was a great first strike. Especially since North America pretty much lost nothing.
You'd think the servers would melt when something like this happens, and you're not wrong. Despite time being slowed by 90% to help with the load, there was massive lag and many players were disconnected. Considering none of this was planned, that's not at all surprising.
I found a bunch of different estimates on the total damage, ranging from 610 billion to 1 trillion ISK. According to this thing , we're talking up to $35,000. That's not quite million bucks, but it's still a lot of money.
All of this only makes me wish Dust 514 was a better game. I played a few matches of the beta and found it lacking to say the least. EVE Online was a very different game when it first came out, so we can always hope they make good on the promise eventually, cause I really want to be part of this type of craziness. Do you guys think similar stuff could ever happen in Dust ?