I’ve read a few comments posted by Goon sympathizers that object to my vilifying Goonswarm. To be sure, comments like this are in the minority but they do exist. Could I be wrong? Could Goonswarm be just a bunch of widely misunderstood capsuleers? Or, are they a bunch of griefers as I’ve led my readers to believe? Let’s try and answer that question shall we.
For those that do not know, Goons recruit on the web site Something Awful. In fact, to become a Goon, they require all perspective members to have an account with this web site for at least three months. They also do their recruiting through Something Awful. Here is their 2012 recruiting post done the end of last year.
They start their plea for bad press with this statement, “Goonswarm was born of grief and shaped for the infliction of misery.” That’s a really straight forward statement. They grief and inflict misery. The opening paragraph goes on to say how it was done to them, so now they do it back even better. But that’s just a bunch of rationalization. They simply reaped what they sowed. They are not the victims here though they’d lead you to believe otherwise.
Is that an objection I can already sense forming? Stop! There is evidence that they have always been griefers and it comes from the most damning source: their own recruitment post.
“That time is past. We have returned to our roots. Take a look at the official Eve Online forums and you will find page after page of threads complaining that we are ruining the game for miners, industrialists, mission-runners and more. Our victims lose scores of hours and tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of the tedious, dreary effort they have put themselves through every time we strike, and they simply cannot comprehend why or how it occurred.”
In this one paragraph they as much as admit Goonswarm has always been about griefing. There is no other interpretation for “returned to our roots.” They are proud of it. The relish the idea that they have irritated other Eve players and cost them “tens of thousands of dollars.” This certainly fits the definition. Wikipedia says,
“A griefer is a player in a multiplayer video game who deliberately irritates and harasses other players.”
Need more proof? They sum their efforts using a chart. They call it the “grief index.” There is no mistaking what Goonswarm is. In their own words they are about griefing. If they tell you anything else, remind them that they are not recruiting based on those other ideals. They recruit griefers. Their advertisement is quite explicit about that.
Want more evidence? Okay, straight from their recruitment post.
- “Goonswarm Federation 2012: A Grief Odyssey”
- “In order to destroyed [sic] the treasured possessions of others, Eve give [sic] you the ability to fly spaceships.”
- “The only way you could get a more immediate and satisfying capability to hurt your opponents in meaningful ways would be if they voluntarily wired electrodes to their scrotums and let you deliver repeated shocks to their testes.”
- “There was no fair fight, because we don’t care about fair fights.”
- “Simultaneously, many goons are involved in a highly successful campaign of griefing aimed at choking off the supply of certain vital goods used to fuel the production of many advanced items needed in the game.”
“You want to kill things and hurt people. Shush… I know you do: it’s OK. Things that belong to real people who will usually be very upset, and will very often tell you so. If you are even moderately lucky then occasionally they will be so upset that they tell you that they will hunt you down and kill you, and you will then get them banned for life. Goonswarm is built to help Goons have fun in Eve. Fun just like this.”
Considering that all this is in their own words, the only conclusion is that Goonswarm is a bunch of griefers. You are what you recruit. They started as griefers and they continue to be griefers – and they’re proud of it.