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Monday, May 14, 2012

In the news

I don't usually get too excited about in-game news items, but this one caught my attention.  Since I'm sure I'm not alone in not noticing this sort of thing, I reproduce it here in full for the benefit of players who might not have seen it.

If you've already read it, you can skip to the bottom for my comments.
News
Rapid and surprising rise of technological advancements in previously stagnant fields
2012.05.14 14:40:50

Major advances have been made recently in various once-stagnant scientific fields, throughout all of civilized New Eden. While the full impact of these advances has yet to be measured, their effects, for good and ill, are already being felt at various levels of society.

Over the following days, we will present a brief overview of the current state of affairs. It must be noted that the brevity of this reportage is due partly to how new these advances are - The Scope always strives to be first  - and partly because of the cloud of secrecy that overhangs them. There has been an intensification of high-level interest in the great factional wars, and it is believed, though not yet proven, that these scientific advances are due at least in part to the efforts of those political forces. It will not come as any surprise to our readers that all questions related, if even tangentially, to these forces and their effects on the war efforts are met with muted silence.

It must also be noted that the various entities responsible for these advances have remained extremely reticent to comment on any part of the process. This applies not only to those directly involved - scientists known to be working on related projects, educational and research institutions whose charters explicitly involve the fields in question, and so on - but also those believed to be indirectly involved, including the members and commanding officers of any scouting or expeditionary forces whose missions clearly have brought back more than anyone expected. Even when questioned about a tangential matter - such as rumors of a drug (reputedly codenamed "Inferno") whose functions have supposedly had a direct effect on the status of recent scientific advancements - there is near-total silence.

Nonetheless, we believe we have uncovered more than enough information to present a fair and balanced look at both sides of these new technological advancements. Their upsides, as our readers might expect from any new advancement in science, are numerous and apply to both the lowest rungs of earthbound societies and the upper echelons of capsuleerdom. Their downsides, however, are equally notable, not merely for the direct effect they have on certain parts of human society, animals and the environment in New Eden, but also for the damage they may be doing to progress in other fields - xenobiology, archaeology, history and various social sciences.

Two things caught my attention about this piece.

First, in paragraph three, the reference to a drug called Inferno.  That's obviously the name of the summer expansion, and it's only the second or third time I can recall that an EVE expansion has been named directly after something in-game.(1)  That sent me scrambling to the test server.  Is there a new item on the market called Inferno?  The answer is no, there isn't.  At least, not yet.  Then again, from context perhaps that's just a red herring.  The implication is that the Inferno drug improves scientific processes, not military ones.

Second, someone's having a bit of fun at the expense of those of us in the U.S.  The phrase "fair and balanced" in paragraph four is probably benign to those outside the States.  In the U.S., it invokes for us the Fox News Channel, far and away the most biased source of news in my country.  That's amusing enough.  But even more amusing (at least for me) is the play on words about "the lowest rungs of earthbound societies and the upper echelons of capsuleerdom".  Not only is someone having a bit of fun at the expense of those of us in the U.S., it also sounds like someone's having a bit of fun at the expense of the DUST 514 development team, too...

I'm sure that's not that whomever it was meant by "lowest rungs" of those "earthbound".  I'm sure of it.  Heh.

Anyway, the piece just sort of... ends, so that says to me that it was the cut-off first four paragraphs of a larger written piece.  Presumably we'll have to wait a day or two to see the next part.  I'll be keeping my eye on the in-game news for the next few weeks...


(1) "Bloodlines" might or might not qualify -- it's the expansion that introduced one new bloodline to each race -- but "Incursion" certainly does!

26 comments:

  1. Revelation? Not sure if it was actually named for it, but certainly the name of something in game.

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  2. Nah, that's just CCP trying to make up some fluf as to why datacores will be available in FW LP. The whole idea is just so :CCP:

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    1. I agree. Like I frequently say about :CCP:: They make :arbitrary changes arbitrarily: then throw together a couple paragraphs in a "chronicle" to "explain" the :arbitrary change:.
      It's doubly bad when some tweens on Fanfic.net not only _can_ but _regularly_ surpass CCP's "chronicles" in both quality and quantity of writing. :-/

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    2. That's what I am thinking too. RPfarmers complain about "lore" not supporting datacores from FW LP store, CCP produces "lore" to support datacores from FW LP store.

      Cynical dangling of shiny carrotto lure ISK farmers to AFW is cynical.

      CCP Soundwave even attempted to justify the RP nerf by saying it was to address "passive income", without addressing the perpetual accrual of RP. In one action, he has pissed off RP farmers and condemned FW to a cesspit of endless manipulation by the ISK farming blocs.

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  3. Hi,

    I have a client who wants to advertise in your website. Please email me back.


    Thanks,
    Elizabeth
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    1. Dude? Wtf?

      Also, have you noticed how more and more EVE politicians post on Jesters blog?

      Seems to me like Jester exceeded some of his own victory conditions.

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  4. Uh, I think you are way overthinking things, I am pretty sure this is just fluff to explain the new modules...

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  5. To be fair, MSNBC is just as biased as Fox just to the left as opposed to the right. I would propose that Fox's actual news coverage (as limited as that is) is pretty fair. The 'non news' programming (O'Riley, Hannity etc) however is another story. I'd say the same about MSNBC with Al Sharpton, Chris 'tingle up my leg' Matthews and Rachel Maddow leaning way to the left. Just ask that you don't misrepresent things to your audience!

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    1. yeah, seconding this. i'm getting a distinct whiff of partisan bullshit from you here, Jester.

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    2. I'd say the difference is that MSNBC does not have 'Fair & Balanced' as tag line.

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    3. The difference indeed.

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    4. @Druur: true. though they imply constantly that they are 'unbiased'

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    5. LOL It has been proven (as in scientifically proven, not mere conjecture) that those who get most of their news from Fox News are consistently misinformed about the facts regarding just about anything.

      It ain't bullshit. It's true. Fox is the propaganda arm of the Republican party in the U.S., and any "left leaning" media outlet is far and away a better choice for the truth about what's going on in the U.S. and the world.

      So I say it again to any Fox defenders: LOL

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  6. "In the U.S., it invokes for us the Fox News Channel, far and away the most biased source of news in my country."

    Put down the jug of Kool-Aid, man. They're all highly biased; I didn't think partisan pigeonholing was your style, but I may be mistaken.

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    1. Ummm... no, no they're not. It's not even close. Fox is far and away the worst offender when it comes to slanted news coverage and opinion.

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  7. I disagree with you on your statement about the most popular news channel, FOX, being the most biased.

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  8. FOX is the most biased OF THE MAJOR NETWORKS (NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX). Luckily in modern society we have so many cable channels that viewers can avoid the major networks and get ONLY THE NEWS THEY WANT so their ideology remains unchallenged.

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    1. This.

      People watch what they want and often want to watch shows that re-enforce what they already think...

      I avoid this be using the internet...and only goign to sites that agree with me.....wait...damn

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    2. all cable news channels are biased. fox is just one of the most biased. also it's unique because it's biased -right- instead of left like the others.

      used to be that internet news sites were more reliable, but over the past several years, that bias has been creeping in, and now it's impossible to distinguish the truth from the bullshit.

      best bet, in my opinion, is to make a scientific wild-ass guess (SWAG): take fox's reporting and MSNBC's reporting and, recognising that they're both likely bullshit, assume the truth is somewhere in the middle.

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    3. The thing is that no, it's not the most biased of the major networks. The others are generally ridiculously left-winged.

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  9. Jester, I guess now you know what side many of your readers fall on. By reading the comment section you'd think your article had Fox News in the title.

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  10. FOX News is not the most biased news source in the US, in fact I would argue it is the most balanced. You're just used to the other liberal media outlets being so left wing that when Fox is reporting from the middle they feel biased.

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  11. CCP lives in iceland with the terrible economy, and the last thing they want is barack re-elected. Why they supporting fox news. That lesbian prime minister of iceland will propably try to seduce romney and get him to go to their land. So they can save their economy.

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  12. Er, OK, gents. Wasn't my intent to start a political fight. Further comments on this thread need to be EVE-related, else they won't get published.

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  13. Is "drug" sure to be a drug as we know it ? What about the artifact discoveries leading to DUST merc creation ? They have been described in "Templar One", which I haven't read, but have they a c t u a l l y occurred in New Eden's history yet ? Wouldn't the start of DUST planetary wars and the Capsuleers' involvement into it need lore background ?

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