Here Is EVE’s In-World Memorial To Its Slain Diplomat

Here Is EVE’s In-World Memorial To Its Slain Diplomat

As has been written before, Sean Smith of the U.S. State Department also was a deeply committed presence inside the world of EVE Online, as well as outside it, serving on the unique Council of Stellar Management, a governing body elected by its peers and convened in the real world. Smith was killed Tuesday in an attack on the American mission in Libya.

The death of Smith, known as “Vile Rat,” in both the EVE community and in the Something Awful forums associated with the game, touched a deep nerve of grief, sympathy and respect. Here is the game’s in world tribute to Smith, with voice-over remarks from many of EVE‘s leading community members.

According to this video’s explanation, “the tiny dots of light inside the bubbles are individual players paying their respects by lighting a “candle” using the in-game cynosural field item.”

Further, the final words Smith transmitted inside EVE are as follows:

12:54:09 PM) vile_rat: assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures


  • Wow… That was amazing. The outpouring of genuine grief from people was stunning. His actual real effect on the game was very impressive. Great video. Great series of stories so far on him. Ta.

  • This is really quite moving.

    There’s a certain irony that it takes the words and actions of people playing a video game to humanise what’s going on in Libya, where any number of news media fail.

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