Murdered State Department official Sean Smith was influential online gamer | The Lookout - Yahoo! News
Today, the U.S. is recoiling* from the tragic news that Sean Smith, a State Department official, was one of four individuals killed in a rocket attack in Libya. The U.S. ambassador to Libya was also among those who died.OK, I confess, when I first saw that, I mis-read his handle as "Ville Rat", GI slang in Korea for a guy who goes out, um, partying every night...
Smith, a foreign service information management officer, had a sphere of influence that extended far beyond the realm of real-world diplomacy: He was also a respected and hugely influential figure in the world of online gaming.For much of the past decade, Smith was an avid player of Eve Online, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). The game has more than 400,000 players, who take on roles as warriors, strategists and even diplomats in a science-fiction setting.Alex Gianturco, aka "The Mittani," one of Smith's Eve Online colleagues, has written a moving tribute to his fallen friend, who went by the online moniker "Vile Rat."
The article posts one of his last messages:
(12:54:09 PM) vile_rat: assuming we don't die tonight. We saw one of our 'police' that guard the compound taking picturesI think we can take it as established that the attack(s) was (were) coordinated and planned.
His last message:
"In Baghdad the same kind of thing happened - incoming sirens, he'd vanish, we'd freak out and he'd come back ok after a bit. This time he said ... 'GUNFIRE' and then disconnected and never returned...."
****Recoiling, Hell, I'm reloading...