The developer of EVE Online CCP Games has announced a new online course, created alongside the University of Iceland, which is based on the long-running MMOG space and the relationships that people form. through him. The PCC has been hitting this particular drum for a long time, but the pandemic he saw how the company leaned even more on this concept and talk about the game as a "friendship machine." Indeed, the course is called Friendship Machine: Forming a New Type of Human Connection.
The course aims to examine the science behind how people establish meaningful relationships and apply it to the new type of connection that video games make possible. The first three weeks are free, while those who want to do all-in can sign up for the full course for $ 50 / € 40.91 / £ 35.19. Great, if you do this, you'll get a "share certificate." I will definitely put it on the wall of my office.
However, I’m not cynical about the course: MMOGs create the best stories based on the players in our industry, and even in this company, EVE is perhaps the first example. The course will analyze the stories of real players at EVE that, with access to CCP data and knowledge, should be a series of fascinating deep dives.
"In recent years, there has been a growing concern that computer games could have severely detrimental effects on players' mental well-being and social skills," says Ársæll Arnarsson, a professor of leisure studies at the University of Iceland and course leader. "In selected cases, this may be true. But for the vast majority of people involved, studies indicate that gaming platforms can effectively function as friendship training devices. Communication technology and information can create an alternative space for meeting disconnected people, transcending geographical and socio-economic barriers. "
An opening ceremony for the CCP Games will be held in Reykjavík today at 17:00 GMT / 11:00 EST. and can be seen here. You can sign up for the course here and even a free registration will give you access to most materials.