A professional moderator hired to preside over the first summit of EVE Online's democratically-elected player council has praised the professionalism and responsibility of the delegates.
Agust H. Ingthorsson, who has worked as a moderator in European Union meetings in Brussels, told the New York Times that the candidates seemed more capable than their counterparts in real-world politics.
"I have to tell you that I have been involved in EU meetings where the participants were not as prepared and professional as what we've seen here," Ingthorsson said. "These players have approached this meeting with what seems like real understanding of their roles.
"They are not just fighting for their particular interests but seem to be very socially responsible in wanting to represent all the players of EVE. Perhaps some real-world politicians could learn from them," he concluded.
The Council's first summit in Reykjavik went smoothly, according to the Times' report, after some initial friction between American and European players on how open its deliberations should be. The article makes for very interesting reading for anyone interested in the future of virtual worlds, so do check it out.