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Thought political corruption was limited to reality? Think again. Players of the MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) Eve Online were given a little dose of the Real this...

Thought political corruption was limited to reality? Think again. Players of the MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) Eve Online were given a little dose of the Real this week after accusations on the part of many players that the government (i.e. the game’s developers in Iceland) had offered unfair advantages to a certain in-game political faction known as Band of Brothers. The game, a space simulator that spans endless, perilous galaxies, has been sent reeling into a deep-seated political turmoil, with accusations of corruption flying left and right, and as a result many players (and payers) have simply threatened to leave the place for good and return to earth. Seeing as the problem can’t be solved from the inside, as often seems to be the case in political matters, the game’s developers and their parent company CCP have taken unprecedented measures in order to deal with the fallout: they are holding real-life, real-time elections.

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