As I've mentioned before, my favorite of all the Star Treks is Deep Space Nine, for a variety of reasons. But a big one was the on-going character development that happened over the course of the series. The series regulars changed and grew as people and as they did, their personalities, situations, and lives developed. You know, kinda like real people. Unlike the other Treks where the characters were flies in amber, forever trapped in a single moment in time, DS9 allowed its characters some story arcs.
Still, as the series went on, it did have one constant running gag and that was the annual "torture O'Brien" episode. The purpose of this annual event was to put one of the series regulars, Chief Miles O'Brien, into some horrible situation and make him deal with it.
I'm starting to think that Mord Fiddle over at Fiddler's Edge is bringing back this tradition with an annual "torture Mittens" post. Now granted, Mord's been pretty fixated on Mittens and on the Goons for quite a while, since the start of the "foreverwar". Still, last year's torture Mittens post was a classic, probably the single best EVE blog post that was written last year.(1) Which makes this year's version all the more amusing. Here's the opening shot (which I've altered slightly for reasons which I expect will be obvious):
The Mittani is dead.Go read it, because it's damned amusing and very much worth your time.
Which is not to say that he's dead, dead. I mean [Mittens], some-time lawyer and full-time bacon aficionado is, to the best of my knowledge, still among the quick. He is likely in Wisconsin, happily deep-frying cheese curds as I write this. But, while his in-game alter-ego persists in the digital sense, Mittens is no more.
The first birth announcement is, of course, the linking of DUST 514 to Singularity, EVE's official test server:
Today on August 27, 2012, we have reached another milestone with opening DUST 514 on our test server Singularity for EVE players.Don't have much to say about this one except that of course DUST 514 mercenaries continue to not be spaceship-shaped. The repeat of :18months: development on micro-transaction space pants, minus the accompanying space-rage, appears to be moving right along. Don't worry though. For the second birth announcement, EVE is getting logistics frigates. 'cause if there's anything EVE's roaming T1 frig gangs were crying out for, it was an unarmed ship specifically designed to keep them from dying...
DUST 514 was moved to Singularity earlier last week and available there for DUST players.
Like I said, pretty quiet week. ;-)
(1) Yes, I was jealous.