I like to keep this blog about EvE Online. That’s why I started it. That’s mainly what I’m interested in pontificating about. But I have to stray somewhat this week. To those who like their EvE reading pure, I apologize. However, this week’s Jerk of the Week, or I should say Jerks of the Week, has a direct baring on us, the gamer. Why? Because it has happened in our game too. It happened last summer. It resulted in a perma-ban (that was not so perma it turns out.) What am I on about? Read this article and find out.
So, this week’s Jerk of the Week award goes to all those piss-ants who “humiliated, defiled, and verbally attacked” Jennifer Hepler. I hope every single one of you are hauled into court, held accountable for your unacceptable behavior and then banned from the online gaming community forever. I doubt that last is very likely, but hopefully Bio-ware will follow through on the promise.
This more than anything else is why I see noob griefers as extremely bad for EvE Online. It is a short stroll from that behavior to the behavior outlined in Gamespot two days ago. The same personality type commits both actions. I think of Helicity Boson as the poster child for that. People exhibiting such behavior may think they are just having fun or using acceptable Internet slang, but it is nevertheless wrong. That behavior is unacceptable anywhere and I will not give it consent through silence.
In a world that comes electronically closer and closer every day, we cannot abide such behavior from those with whom we associate. If you accept this even once, you give your consent for it to happen again. The abusers will take your silence for agreement. They will continue to heap their verbal vomit upon undeserving developers and players alike, and endangering the game we all love in the process.