Posted Tue, Sep 28, 2010 by The Mittani
The rise of independent media has had a heavy impact on the EVE Online universe. Information that was once obtained by spies infiltrating a corporation and leaking out details can now at times be obtained by simply searching the right website. All this has had a profound effect on the EVE Online universe with both positive and negative consequences, a subject that The Mittani focuses his attention on in this week's Sins of a Solar Spymaster #52 - The Rise of Independent Media.
As entertaining as this new freedom is, there are some disadvantages. CCP no longer has the ability to quash discussion of topics which explicitly harms the game, such as Real Money Trading (RMT) or botting. The need for espionage and diplomacy has also taken a hit; much like governments reacting to the rise of CNN in the mid-eighties, there’s much less need for a vast spy network when you can load up EveNews24 and find out about a fleet battle that occurred five regions away from you moments after it happened.