Last week I read through several posts about off grid boosting. First there was Kirith Kodachi’s. I think it was the word “rebuttal” that got me reading into this. I still haven’t positively identified what he was rebutting but that’s okay. Then there was Jester’s take on it. That led me to Poetic Stanzel’s and TeaDaze’s posts on the subject.
As I’m a carebear, I didn’t really understand at first what the big deal was. I’ve had opportunity to fly Sleeper PvE with a Damnation along. I have a personal appreciation for the boosts. They are nice. I certainly see why PvP pilots want them along in a fight. But after doing all the reading, Googling the topic and following Failheap Challenge threads, and Eve Forum threads and going all the way back to the CSM notes thread, it seems to me the issue falls squarely into the realm of lulz.
To put those lulz into perspective, I need to take you on a bit of a stroll down memory lane. There used to be this thing called Hulkageddon. Once a year for several years, l33t PvP pilots would purchase cheap million ISK ships. They would fly out on a mission of daring that required incredible courage and blow up 100 million ISK mining Exhumers.
Well, actually, their ships cost a little bit more than 1 million ISK. And they didn’t always just shoot the expensive barges. This Catalyst actually cost 1.21 million ISK when it was popped by CONCORD after blowing up a Covetor in Renyn. I whored in on the kill mail. *grin* Back to the topic though. When the miners cried foul and said it was unfair for a million ISK ship (whose insurance would make up the loss) to one-shot a 100 million ISK ship, they were dismissively ignored. They were told to put on a tank, don’t fly what you can’t afford to loose, dock up or quit. They were told that’s how Eve is and they should HTFU.
When other’s would make fun of the gankers in return, they were subjected to in game harassment… I mean, they were located and taught some respect. Notice the use of six (6) million ISK ships used to kill the anti-Hulkageddon blogger. They certainly pulled out all the financial stops to make an example out of him didn’t they?
This had gone on for years. On top of it all, the miners were mocked publicly and made fun of at every opportunity. Certainly some of these Eve players had questionable responses, but mostly it was a bunch of upset people who’d been trying to play the game their way and had some other people piss all over them virtually. Their anger was understandable. No one likes to be bullied, mocked and ridiculed.
In light of the five years of Hulkageddon and the effort to make it permanent, I just have to chuckle at the off grid booster debate. ZOMG! People use game mechanics to gain an advantage in Eve Online. Who knew!?
To bad off grid boosting takes far more skills than Hulkageddon griefing. Perhaps carebears could get it back on their tormentors of old, posting all the juicy tears on a blog and making fun of them. Alas, carebear’s have no desire to make fun of other’s like that. Those types of lulz rate really low in gross profit calculations.
Eventually (and recently) CCP ended the days of the million ISK PvP ship blowing up the 100 million ISK mining ship for lulz. Now those l33t PvP pilots have to fly 100 million ISK Tornados to do it, and that’s not even a guaranteed alpha kill. So don’t worry about off grid boosting. CCP will eventually address your concerns – hopefully before several years go by. Until then, I’ll just quote Pierat from one of the links above,
“Oh and HTFU people. This is EVE. EVE is not a nice place.”