Yes I realize EvE Online is not a Free-to-Play MMORPG, but the hour-long documentary “A Tale of Internet Spaceships” made during CCP’s 2013 EvE Fanfest by three media students from the Malmo University in Sweden is free, and does a good job at weaving a story which depicts the intricacies of what is arguably the most socially complex sandbox MMORPG currently available. Plus it’s a documentary about an MMO and how often do we get one of those?
Touted as a “tale of Dedicated Fans, Consumer Power, Conflict and Redemption”, A Tale of Internet Spaceships tells a story of how CCP and its community of players created organic narratives completely spurred on by the community with little influence from the developer themselves. There’s also an honest open discussion regarding wrong choices CCP has made in the past when choosing to implement some Free-to-Play styled cash shop items in a Pay-to-Play MMO and the resulting ramification of those decisions.
There’s a reason why EvE Online has just as many followers of EvE news as it does actual players and anyone looking to understand the internal culture and social history of how EvE became the EvE we know of (but probably don’t play) today should definitely consider checking the documentary out.