This morning, Reddit user Itsatrapski posted several images of a major battle—like 2,800 players—raging in the space MMO EVE Online today. YouTube user deusxverra followed with this video capture of the battle, described as terribly one-sided, so you can get an idea of what this conflict looks like in real time.
WTF was going on? How did hostilities commence among this many EVE players? Boredom is cited as a cause. According to Redditor videogameexpert, it's a showdown between a Reddit alliance and the notorious Goonswarm of Something Awful. "These two superpowers have been somewhat friends for 3 years, but relationships are getting strained. Also, some people just want to fight because they're bored," videogameexpert wrote.
The two sides have been bickering for a couple of days. One of the Goons teleported his supercapital ship into Reddit territory but forgot to bring in the rest of the fleet. Reddit moved fast to repel the incursion, and it wasn't much of a contest.
The entire conflict is allegorized as European versus American interests, with the ships representing cities on their respective continents. "So basically the US and Canada obliterated Paris," wrote videogameexpert. "Europe sent in reinforcements but without a good strategy against an already prepared North America they were also crushed. Europe is now without 3 major cities and 10 or so minor ones. They still have plenty of resources left, but it was a great first strike. Especially since North America pretty much lost nothing."
North America! Fuck yeah! I haven't loved Canada this much since the end of Argo.