Today's going to be kind of a weird day around here.
There's a really famous short film called Powers of Ten made for science classes in the late 1970s. Using a single man as a focal point, the film first zooms out to show the man's place in the vastness of the cosmos. It then rushes in to show the nucleus of a single carbon molecule in the man's hand. The idea is to put the single man into the perspective of both the vastly huge and the incomprehensibly small. The film is 35 years old, but still holds up remarkably well, even with all the advances made in theoretical science in the time since it was made.
In a similar way, I want to use the Alliance Panel controversy to focus on this moment in time in EVE's history, in a first post zooming way way in, then a second post pulling way way back. Don't groan. The Powers of Ten video is not about the man and certainly does not tell his story. In the same way, these two posts are not about Mittens himself or the controversy; I've already written about that.
I just think it's important to put the controversy in context... I want to use this moment as a focal point to talk about a couple of important topics for EVE's future.
Whether we realize it or not, we're currently standing on an important turning point, and I think it's going to be interesting to reflect on where we go from here. A year from now, one way or another, the game is going to be fundamentally changed. An old Hebrew word fits here: "selah", which roughly translated, means "pause, and consider."
Yeah, these two posts are heavy in geek philosophy. Sorry about that. If you're not interested when I write these kinds of posts, come back tomorrow. There will be a fit of the week and some discussion about modules.
For the rest of you, selah. The first post, in a couple of hours, will be called "Put away childish things". The second, later this afternoon, "A song of ice and fire".