This past weekend Goonswarm launched another Burn Jita event. In my last post, I categorized this type of event as one predicated on contempt. Though the event has become infamous, IMO it does not further the goals of CCP, and therefore Eve Online, except in the shallowest of terms. It gets some press; that’s about all it does for the community.
The logic of this is fairly basic as I see it. The event is for bored null-sec dwellers. Though that may count into the hundreds of individual players, it does not reach across play-styles and seek to create an event for all capsuleers. Is it nothing more than self-aggrandizing ego masturbation though?
You see, when it comes to Live Events, or any sort of event, it isn’t enough that a large group of people decide to do something. Their play-style is but one of many. Unfortunately, Goonswarm sees many of those other play styles as nothing more than a target for their play-style. High-sec carebears to them exist to facilitate their gameplay; being otherwise worthless. In the eyes of Goonswarm, anyone not of them is less than nothing. How can their events not be ego masturbation when they have such contempt for the 80% of us who aren’t in their little club?
“Burn Jita 2.0: April 19-21st 2013
There are few things that we of nullsec can agree upon, but one of them is, inevitably, ‘fuck hisec‘. We will now wash away the frustrations of March’s cold war by covering ourselves in the blood and suffering of the people of hisec, the weekend before Fanfest begins – just in time to remind these people who the fuck we are. As before, we will invite every null entity which wants to participate in our holy cause.
Last year there was a tremendous amount of publicity about Burn Jita, leading to a whole host of hisec movements and wardecs to counter our efforts. This year we will not be making public statements about the Burn or actively trying to advertise it. Yes, we are giving approximately 19 days of notice with this post, as well as coordinating across the CFC and the HBC if they want to participate, but the blind sleeping masses of hisec will not realize something is coming until it is too late. I am eager to see what happens to hisec if we show up without three months of wardrum-beating and hype, unannounced, and commence putting everything to the sword.
The first Burn taught us a lot. We know Jita has a population cap; we know there are only so many routes into the system which are traffic controlled. We know as well that goons in Jita enjoyed not only taking out freighters, but spreading the carnage by using thrashers to take out industrials of random passers-by. A Burn is fundamentally a terror operation; it is not so much about the isk value of each freighter destroyed as it is implanting fear into the hearts and minds of even the most humble industrialist in his Badger II. This year we will be not only ganking freighters and industrials within Jita, but Miniluv will patrol the lanes outside of Jita to destroy anyone trapped on the gates from traffic control. The number of humans involved means that it will still be a complete mess, but we expect our terror-sowing to be much more efficient than last year.”
The emphasis is mine. The comments in bold support my point that they care nothing for large swaths of Eve Online players. Their contempt is self-evident. The statement in italics indicates to me Goonswarm is not interested in furthering Eve Online as a game. How much press led to Death Race? How much even to Hulkageddon before Goonswarm ruined it? Yes, they ruined it. I used to enjoy Hulkageddon but now it’s just more of the same Goonswarm crapola but that’s a digression. To the point, without lead-in advertising, an event is worth nothing to CCP. The point of such events is to show the outside world the awesomeness of Eve Online. Not to keep it “unannounced” and without “hype.”
But there is something else there that hints of a larger problem. It is the line, “We will now wash away the frustrations of March’s cold war.” You know what that’s about? It isn’t ego masturbation. That’s a comment as to the totally broken nature of null-sec. The are so afraid of fighting each other the entire region is a quaking pit of worry and frustration. Worry from those in charge, like The Mittani, who may lose control if they engage in open combat, and frustration from the masses of goondom who are told “no” to open combat at every turn.
I have to wonder if that’s what original Goonswarm members signed on for? Did they sign on for glorious fleet fights or to gank people who couldn’t give a shit about PvP? Let’s analogize. I joined the U.S. Army in 1982. I was a cold war warrior. Then the Berlin Wall came down. The Cold War ended. We won – or so they told us. In reality I feel like I took a punch in the gut. What I wanted to do with my life no longer existed. My enjoyment of my career declined precipitously. My raison d’être was turned on its ear.
Now, don’t take the wrong analogy from this. Many of you will jump on the point that Goonswarm is in a Cold War right now. That’s not the relevant analogy folks. The relevant one is having your reason to exist pulled right out from under your feet. Not being able to do what you aspire to makes existence meaningless. What’s the purpose of a soldier if he isn’t allowed to defend something?
From there, only bad things can happen. When you are primed all your adult life to go 200 MPH for a glorious cause and then DIAF, pulling back is not in your vocabulary. I didn’t want to and neither does the average Goon I suspect. I had to walk away from my former life – completely and utterly – to find solace. The goon-born, indoctrinated as they are to that existence, cannot. So they come to Jita and have become gankers rather than the PvP warriors they wanted to be.
In that light, Burn Jita tells me null-sec is broken. Null-sec isn’t meeting the needs of those who live there so they prey on high-sec. Can that truly replace what they really want? That’s hard to gauge but I doubt it. It’s the difference between catching a Marlin and shooting fish in a barrel. The alternative conclusion is a null-sec op like Burn Jita is meeting the desires of those who live there. In that case, if the event does serve to “remind these people who the fuck we are,” Goonswarm is not the conquerors of null-sec any longer – just a bunch of gankers slowly losing their PvP edge. If Burn Jita serves to remind us of who you are, you’re a pale shadow of what you used to be.
And you can blame The Mittani. He is the one holding you back. He says,
“A Burn is fundamentally a terror operation; it is not so much about the isk value of each freighter destroyed as it is implanting fear into the hearts and minds of even the most humble industrialist in his Badger II.”
Freighters? Industrialists? Really? Why aren’t you putting fear into the hearts and minds of PL or NCDot pilots? The answer is because The Mittani won’t let you. Go read the entire pastebin post. He claims,
“If we had rabbled more about Montolio it would have allowed him to distract his disparate anti-CFC coalition from their internal difficulties, so we clammed up.”
So rather than give Goonswarm a whole lot of GF, he opted to clam up? WTF? His update goes on to say things like “we’ve reached the natural borders of our ability to defend” and “our war options amount to ‘Wait for someone to attack us’.” Oh, I’m sure that makes for fascinating politics but is that how null-sec should be? Is that fun for you? Then he substitutes Burn Jita for real PvP and tries to convince Goonswarm it’s the same thing. I don’t think it is. Neither should you.
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