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EVE Online is a) real, or b) really delusional

by: Randy -
More On: EVE Online
Gamers accuse EVE Online of being many things: beautiful, brutal, brilliant, and yes, even boring. EVE Online is certainly something, and developer CCP's latest campaign makes the gutsy assertion that "EVE is real." Perhaps there's some merit to that. Perhaps not. There are over 2 billion people living online across the globe, and upwards of 350,000 of those are playing EVE Online. Playing online versus living online: should there even be a "versus" in that comparison? How is play not a part of our life? That's a debate I'm not prepared to moderate. So the EVE is Real museum is a collection of CCP- and player-generated videos and screenshots hinting at all of those earlier accusations; that it's beautiful, brutal, brilliant, and yes, even boring.
EVE Online launches new player memory museum
www.eveisreal.net offers sharing rewards, contests and a universe full of memories

EVE is more interesting than most of those games you play because EVE players make it so.

CCP is very proud to announce something new and unique for EVE fans and the gaming community at large. EVE is a game with a rich universe full of stories that are all player-generated. EVE is a one of a kind environment where all players are active on the same server and in the same shared virtual world. At the same time. It’s an ultimate experiment with the human experience. That fact has amused and amazed and horrified people for almost a decade now. It’s time to undock those player stories and content.
www.eveisreal.net  is something that could only come out of EVE. These stories just don’t happen elsewhere. EVE players choose the harsh, often brutal struggle in EVE because it has true meaning and real consequences.  Cruise over and find out for yourself. More player content is added every day.
The site is a repository, a virtual museum of player generated EVE stories and content. It is paired with a social media outreach and incentivized social sharing mechanism, rewarding the entire EVE community with Aurum for use in the new NeX store. As players share more stories, both into the site and out from the site they are helping unlock over $6.5 million in virtual currency. Each unlock stage is worth over $1M in virtual goods (around 107,000 months of gametime AKAPLEX each), with every active paying EVE customer getting a slice of the rewards themselves.
Side contests for best image and best video are also included, with awesome computer hardware prizes. Look for more "EVE is Real" news soon after the first $1M of Aurum unlocks.
So far the response has been amazing. Here are just a few examples of the breadth of the memories generated within the EVE universe.
Here's the "I Was There" Trailer we produced, based on player stories we've heard throughout the years.
We hope you enjoy the EVE universe through the eyes of our players.