Even in the genre of MMORPG, players of the online game EVE Online are famously/infamously known as hardcore gamers. And just to prove that reputation is well-earned, we have the story of Marcus Dickinson, better known in EVE as Roc Wieler.
Proudly calling himself a role-player, Dickinson has a second life as Roc. He writes on a blog called Roc's Ramblings (as Roc), he creates music albums and 3-D artwork for his character; he even sells Roc-related paraphernalia to his fans through his blog. But something was missing!
After a trip to the EVE holy land of
discovered what was missing. Like most players, the avatar Dickinson created in game looked nothing like
him. Roc Wieler was supposed to be a retired military colonel with an imposing
visage and Dickinson…well,
he is a 40 year old marketing executive.
However by having the impressive discipline of his avatar,
Dickinson showed just how
seriously he is about the game by…actually working out! Hitting the gym and
changing his diet, Dickinson
now looked a whole lot more like Roc Wieler.
Now people; this is a role-player! I won’t be surprised if shrines are built in his honor! What’s next; plastic surgery to make people more elf-like?