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Danger Game (Hættuspil, in Icelandic) Danger Game (Hættuspil, in Icelandic)

PC Gamer recently published an article about Jon Gnarr, the mayor of Reykjavik, and EVE Online, the mass multiplayer game from the Icelandic software developer CCP Games. They write that the story of Jón Gnarr could be mistaken for a story from EVE Online. The game has a 10 year release birthday this year.

In Iceland, Jón ran for office as founder of “The Best Party,” which he says wasn’t, and still isn’t, a real political party.

“It was supposed to be a complete nonsense party,” said Jón during a Q&A after last week’s EVE Online Fanfest in Reykjavík. “We promised whatever people wanted us to promise, but also promised to break all of our promises.”

Before becoming a politician, Jón was already well-known as a comedian in Iceland, and appeared in one of Iceland’s most popular board games, Hættuspil, which translates to “Danger Game.

” The man on the cover, dressed as a perturbed woman, is Jón Gnarr, and the company behind it was CCP. Hættuspil’s success funded the initial development of EVE Online, which was the plan all along, so Jón—the mayor of Iceland’s capital—deserves some small credit for EVE Online and CCP’s success.

 

Read the full article by PC Gamer here.

 

Last modified on Friday, 03 May 2013 18:36

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