EVE Fanfest 2018: Two EVE players were married by the space pope. Yep.

    
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Of all the fascinating things the EVE Online community has embraced over the game’s almost 15-year lifetime, perhaps the most bizarre is space pope Max Singularity. The character of the space pope started out as a joke among players who discovered Max doling out words of worldly wisdom in the in-game chat channels and counselling players who were going through tough times. This most cutthroat of online communities embraced Max’s kindness, and he embraced his new in-game role as a religious leader of the Amarr empire.

The space pope is actually NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory employee Charles White in real life, but at EVE Fanfest 2018 this week he was in full papal garb with an entourage of space monks and space nuns. If you’ve never heard of the space pope, well, I promise I am not making this up. Today at Fanfest, lucky EVE players Tairon Usaro and Irma Amatin were married by the space pope himself in a traditional Amarrian ceremony in front of hundreds of onlookers. Skip past the cut for a short video about the wedding.

Massively Overpowered is on the ground in Reykjavik, Iceland, for EVE Fanfest 2018, bringing you expert coverage from EVE Online and anything else CCP has up its sleeve!
Disclosure: In accordance with Massively OP’s ethics policy, we must disclose that CCP paid for our writer’s travel to and accommodation at this event. CCP has neither requested nor been granted any control or influence over our coverage of the event. This community is totally nuts sometimes, and I love it :D
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Greaterdivinity

Awww, that’s pretty cute/awesome. I want to get married by the space pope now…that sounds rad.

Though here’s the real question – who is going to betray them at the reception and eat the whole cake before it comes out, having successfully infiltrated the wedding plans for this sabotage months ago? : P

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Aaron Weddle

his full name/title is Maximilian Singularity VI (first of his name), Harbinger of Faith, Pope of New Eden, Column of Light, Prophet of the Storm, Bane of the False Empress, Founder of the Sixth Empire, Herald of the Imperium, Paragon of Virtue, The New Prophet, The Liberator of All Hope and Dreams, and the True Emperor of Amarr

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Giggilybits

I’m the only one that finds this weird? Different strokes for different folks I guess.

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Stropp

Yes. It’s weird.

It’s also wonderful.

The world needs as many weird and wonderful happenings as possible these days. Especially these days.

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Randy Savage

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Utakata

“…and impressively coiffed, bright blond hair, which on close inspection looked to be all his.” – James Comey

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Randy Savage

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Slaasher

Reminds me of the old EQ days. I remember so many people meeting in that game and getting married. To my knowledge most of them are still together

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Stropp

It’s probably because they met while engaging in shared interests and got to know each others personality online first. Instead of just getting together because of physical attraction.

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Randy Savage

Being attracted to someone’s personality is just as chemical as physical attraction and it’s just as subject to change. I was in an online relationship back in my WoW days but I wanted to reroll Horde and she wanted to stick with Alliance. Alas, we were not meant to be lol

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Briar Grey

My husband and I met online (text-based MUD) and were friends for years before riding off into the sunset – 16 years and counting together now ;)

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dixa

He is going to scam her and take everything in her hangar.

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Randy Savage

The ultimate gank lol

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styopa

Can it be ‘traditional’ if it hasn’t/won’t happen for what, like 4000 years?

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Denice J. Cook

Are they legally married? Or is it more a “jump over the broomstick” kind of thing?

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Armsbend

A lot of folks do a symbolic not law binding thing in Vegas/on a ship and then do the real thing back home. Could be the case here.

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Utakata

I concur. To my understanding marriage is merely a document of agreement between two individuals who wish to share their lives together, witnessed and signed by the agreeing parties and an authorized public figure…or something like that. The ceremony is merely a symbolic vestige…which can be done anywhere, anytime with anyone who is interested. Even online game related.

…I was invited to cosplay wedding years before cosplay became a word. This thing for this article sounds very similar to that. o.O

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Bryan Correll

…I was invited to cosplay wedding years before cosplay became a word.

We all need to know the theme of that wedding, now.

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Stropp

Isn’t it fairly easy to get a licence to marry in the US though?

The S.P. could have obtained one, and then the couple would be legally married.

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Bree Royce

I did this, in the opposite order – we married in the clerk’s office on paper in one state, then did the ceremony (on a riverboat cruise, technically in a different state) the next day. :D

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Randy Savage

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Ian Harac

Was hoping to see this reference. Am not disappointed.

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Bryan Correll

My first thought on the header was “That’s not the Space Pope! That guy isn’t even reptilian!”

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Solaris

I love this about MMOs.

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Randy Savage

What? That it’s like eHarmony but for gamers?

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Toy Clown

Sure. Why not? The only barriers we come up against are those we create ourselves as a result of societal conditioning. It makes me happy to see people doing what makes them happy, and not what society says to do to be happy.

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Randy Savage

That’s a slippery slope.

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