It's really kind of amazing on how the game is living and breathing to where a single battle becomes huge and truly will affect the online world (or galaxy? whatever.)
It's definitely impressive, but also a good example as to why EVE will never be a game for me.
The thought of playing for months on end only to lose it all at some point and start from scratch is enough to make me say no thanks. (And I've heard plenty of agonized cries from guildies over the years when they lost their ship on that game)