Posted on September 12, 2012, Ross Lincoln US Official Killed In Libya Was A Ginormous Gamer
The attack yesterday on the US Consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi was a shocking tragedy. Among the dead: US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens along with 3 members of his staff, killed when the assailants fired a rocket propelled grenade into the compound. But making things personal for some of us here is the revelation (via PC Gamer) that one of the dead, Consulate official Sean Smith, was a serious gamer who was among the world’s highest ranked Eve Online players.
Smith, who played under the name Vile Rat, had tenure with Eve Online going back 6 years. A recurring member of the player-elected council, he continued to play even while living in some of the world’s most dangerous places, and his background as a diplomat had considerable influence on Eve Online’s culture. A touching tribute to Smith’s impact on the game was written by fellow Eve Online player The_Mittani. it reads, in part:
If you play this stupid game, you may not realize it, but you play in a galaxy created in large part by Vile Rat’s talent as a diplomat. No one focused as relentlessly on using diplomacy as a strategic tool as VR. Mercenary Coalition flipped sides in the Great War in large part because of Vile Rat’s influence, and if that hadn’t happened GSF probably would have never taken out BoB. Jabberlon5? VR made it. You may not even know what Jabberlon5 is, but it’s the smoke-filled jabber room where every nullsec personage of note hangs out and makes deals. Goonswarm has succeeded over the years in large part because of VR’s emphasis on diplomacy, to the point of creating an entire section with a staff of 10+ called Corps Diplomatique, something no other alliance has. He had the vision and the understanding to see three steps ahead of everyone else – in the game, on the CSM, and when giving real-world advice.
What makes this especially awful is that the attacks were sparked by outrage over an obscure movie that no one in the US has even heard of. Assholes. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.