We, here, at Insert Coin to Begin aren’t a political based news site or give our views on the current world news. However, there are times when games and world news combine and, sadly, we have this story.
Eve Online and the Something Awful forums are grieving today, with the rest of America, as one of their own was one of the four Americans who were killed in an attack on the consulate in Libya, that took the life of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya as well. Sean Smith, or as he was known in Eve Online as “Vile Rat”, worked at the consulate in Libya while, in his free time, he used his knowledge in the real world of being close to the ambassador while being a Diplomat, himself, in the world of Eve Online.
In the game, many buildings, outposts and other monuments have been renamed in the honor of Smith and people from far and wide showed their support in an instant. The head of the council that Smith was apart of, in-game, was the one who broke the news to the Eve Online crew with this statement:
My people, I have greivous news. Vile Rat has been confirmed to be KIA in Benghazi; his family has been informed and the news is likely to break out on the wire services soon. Needless to say, we are in shock, have no words, and have nothing but sympathy for his family and children. I have known Vile Rat since 2006, he was one of the oldest of old-guard goons and one of the best and most effective diplomats this game has ever seen. His family are in our thoughts and prayers.
You want to know the weirdest and chilling part of this whole thing? These were the last words he said to a member/friend from his Gabber account. WARNING! Graphic language ahead.
(2:40:22 PM) vile_rat: FUCK
(2:40:24 PM) vile_rat: gunfire
We live in this day and age that news is instant and if it’s a day late, you’re screwed. However, with the internet, we get globally known. You’re a dick online, everyone will know that you’re a dick. You’re friendly, you’re going to have friends all across the globe. I have friends on other continents (not saying I’m the nicest guy in the world, but still) and, as this group did, I would kind of feel like someone I knew close, like a family member or a close friends, had passed, even though I never knew them personally and only on the internet, especially when they were quite close.
We, here, at Insert Coin to Begin, would like to extend our condolences to the members of Eve Online and Something Awful that knew of his work, as well as the family and friends of Sean Smith.