In EVE, a universe of unbounded opportunity awaits new capsuleers, whether they lust after wealth, crave the fight or simply yearn for adventure among the stars. The venerable and ever-updated science-fiction MMO lets you create a spaceship pilot, mine the stars, engage in corporate warfare, and live in one of the deepest MMO communities available.
The greatest trick a capsuleer ever pulled was convincing the art world CCP's EVE Online mattered.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City isn't something that we typically get to mention here at WarCry. However, starting today they will include 14 video games (to start) in its Applied Design exhibition at the Museum's Philip Johnson Galleries. Among the games included in the collection is the space economy sim EVE Online.
In a presentation given via the TED discussion platform, curator Paola Antonelli described the addition of EVE Online through Sean Smith, or as he was known in EVE Online - Vile Rat. She states that the design of EVE Online, where you play using tools of the game instead of engaging with a pre-planned narrative, has created stories that no other game could mimic. Sean Smith, or Vile Rat, was online on EVE Online until just before his death in Benghazi in 2012. The resulting memorials and mass renaming of stations across the galaxy symbolized Smith's importance as well as EVE Online's importance to the concept of applied design.
There has been some reaction from video game art folks who believe that the inclusion of games in an art museum as an example of applied design cheapens the artistry that video games represent. However, I feel that this inclusion in the mainstream is a great first step in getting games to escape the current public opinion of games as murder simulators and violence-riddled agents of desensitizing youth. It remains to be seen how this exhibit will ultimately be received by the public. According to the TED video at the start of this story, some critics believe that this exhibit cheapens art as a whole.
Other games in the exhibit that would be relevant to Warcry is the eventual inclusion of Animal Crossing, Minecraft, Dwarf Fortress and NetHack. The exhibit is available to walk through now if you live in New York City or to view selections from via the MoMA Website.
Source: TED Blog