EVE Online's Community Culture Has Grown Beyond the Sandbox - Meet Some of the Celebrity Escapees

Veterans of EVE Online often find themselves needing to log in to the game client less and less to 'play their game'. What are they doing instead? Welcome to the culture beyond the pixels.

Aside being a well-worn cliché, to describe EVE Online as a sandbox is perhaps not to do justice to the fertile nature of the sci-fi MMO's community environment. Sand suggests desert and a lack of life, yet just taking a whistle-stop tour of EVE culture shows its more a teeming jungle than the dusty savannah suggested by the term 'sandbox'.

The metaphor is used to imply the freedom of action given to children in a defined play area overseen by adults. Even though that may have once been the case for EVE Online, evidence suggests that its ever-expanding metagame culture has spread far beyond the confines of the kindergarten.

Undoubtedly, there is an impressive depth of gameplay to be found within the client itself and players can certainly participate in the building and destroying of metaphorical sandcastles. But it is beyond the client where the sheer volume and diversity of content available can be impressively overwhelming.

Meet the Metagamers

Sadly, many new players may arrive expecting an MMO gaming experience comparable to others they've had in the past. Depending on how rookies are introduced into EVE culture, vibrant segments of the EVE landscape may remain undiscovered.

New players will explore the client content, perhaps visit the official forums if they get stuck, but may never really discover that a peek behind the curtain will reveal the true face of EVE Online. It is not an MMO supported by a single community; unlike many games, EVE has multiple communities which are all part of a society that makes up “the Nation of EVE”.

These fertile communities are an endless fount of material and resources both in and out of game. Behind much of this content are the individuals who bring character and colour to New Eden's rich sci-fi tapestry woven from barbed wire and string theory.

Read on to meet some of them...

Featured Columnist

Broken paramedic and coffee-drinking Englishman whose favourite dumb animal is an oxymoron. After over a decade of humping and dumping the fat and the dead, my lower spine did things normally reserved for Rubik's cubes, bringing my career as a medical clinician to an unexpectedly early end. Fortunately, my real passion is in writing and given that I'm now highly qualified in the art of sitting down, I have the time to pursue it. Having blogged about video games (well, mostly EVE Online) for years, I hope to channel my enjoyment of wordcraft and my hobby of gaming into one handy new career that doesn't involve other people's vomit.

Published Nov. 15th 2013
  • 290x
    Mat, I am dissapointed. You are showing your true colors as a carebear apologist and bot aspirant by not including the Supreme Protector of Hisec, James 315, on this list. His website at Minerbumping.com is THE premier source for all your mining and hisec related questions.
  • Patrick P_4735
    Nice feature, good to see Arydanika on there! should have some rooks and kings too
  • Voislav_2313
    I really think Jester deserves a place here, as a blog master.
  • bigchols
    you are missing "The best FC in the game - Elo Knight"
  • Mat Westhorpe
    Featured Columnist
    He's not missing - this collection of celebs focused on those whose achievements are outside and not directly related to the game client (hence the "escaping the sandbox" reference in the title).

    I totally agree that Elo, along with many other fine EVE players, are worthy of recognition for their EVE skills and I'm looking forward to doing some more of these profiles focusing on top FCs etc.

    But Elo wouldn't really fit on this list unless he wrote, directed and starred in EVE: The Musical or has made money knitting EVE hats. Or something. ;)
  • Lioso Cadelanne
    You mean "Fastest Talking FC in the Game"?
  • Tu Montrose
    The docking ,over and over to deposit ore or materials is getting old, can yall figure out how to approach a station and just transport good without docking ? also, can yall design a space ship like saucer shape, tired of the bug look, and instead of beds we never use a glass cylinder to stand in is more logical , guild wars could teach yall a lesson, in character change , going down to planets etc. come on . hire me ill show you how.
  • that guy_6460
    Mattani is the king ******* not a villain. Hog tie him and *** * ***** **** *** **** *** ****, that is a much better role for this mouthbreathing mongaloid.
  • Amy White
    Former Editor in Chief
    ** Moderator Comment:

    Comment edited sue to exceptionally creative profanity. Leaving something to the imagination with some censor marks.

    Also fixed a typo, seeing as I was already in there and can't help myself.
  • Lioso Cadelanne
    Given your reaction, I would say the Mittani qualifies as a villain.
  • Mat Westhorpe
    Featured Columnist
    This was just the first in a possible series, I'd be happy to do more as there were many colourful characters I'd have liked to have included this time, but couldn't fit them in.

    Thanks for reading and for the suggestions. Expect more of these celebrity focus features in the near future.
  • boom_6962
    What about the Count Wilson?
  • kylar molok
    It saddens me to not see boodabooda listed as great national hero
  • Lioso Cadelanne
    Depends on which side of the fountain war you are on, i suppose.
  • Travis_7791
    What about Lord Jita?

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