Perhaps developer CCP hasn't made it perfectly clear how big a part you could play in the universe of EVE Online. Perhaps this new video will rectify that oversight.
This is an example of what could happen if you find yourself flying the sometimes friendly skies in EVE Online, CCP's massively-multiplayer online space sim. I've never had an experience like this personally, having spent most of my time watching my ship auto-pilot itself from sector to sector, but I am sure if I got a chance to stop and saw a freighter being attacked by pirates I'd be far too surprised to do anything even remotely helpful.
I'll get there eventually. Baby steps!