As anyone who keeps up with what’s going on in EVE Online knows, there was a huge battle in HED-GP over the weekend involving an estimated 4000 pilots. Two null-sec power blocks decided they would have a throw-down to decide the fate of the universe. Well, that’s what they believe in their imaginations at any length. Really, about all they were going to decide was whether the big blue doughnut got larger or not. The majority of the EVE Universe would have continued on with barely a blink and a nod. But that’s just my opinion, sitting in high-sec, playing my own game the way I want to play it.
And from that vantage point, I could not believe some of the things I was reading on Twitter from some of the participants of that fight. They were angry at CCP because of the Soul Crushing Lag message they were getting, etc., etc. Here, read for yourself: Tweets about HED-GP. Twitter it seems is forever, so these tweets should be there for some time – unless the sender deletes them. Can they do that? It doesn’t matter. That’s not what this post it about. Moving on now. Don’t get me wrong, there were lots of good, positive things said during the day. But the whining and outright demands made by some of those caught up in the Soul Crushing Lag were ridiculous. One I found particularly silly went something like, “I had that dread for over two years. Thanks CCP.” Dude, rule number one is don’t fly it if you can’t afford to lose it. Stop being a cry baby. What’d you expect would happen when 4000 capsuleers tried to jump into the same system and launch thousands upon tens of thousands drones, missiles, bullets and laser pulses?
Then, today (today being Tuesday,) I read that CCP apologized to them for the Soul Crushing Lag. You – have – got – to – be – kidding – me. What the hell does CCP have to apologize for? For allowing the other tens of thousands of capsuleers online that day to play through? At it’s peak, Tranquility hosted 50,245 players on Sunday. And to be certain, during the course of the battle in HED-GP, many more people than that came and went in the EVE Universe without even noticing the Soul Crushing Lag elsewhere in New Eden. But for some reason, the less than 8% of players who were in HED-GP think they deserve an apology. What you all really deserve is a dunce hat. Soul Crushing Lag was the completely predictable result of your activities that day. In my book you can place the blame on yourself for being just plain dumb.
It doesn’t end there though. There are demands by those involved, the less than 8% at peak log in, that CCP must resolve the Soul Crushing Lag issue now and with whatever resources are needed. Some are leveraging the apology to get just that. Doing so would be a horrendous waste of CCP resources. There are so many play styles in this game, so many things to do, so many other players doing other things. Yet this vocal minority must feel they are the only reason EVE Online exists. I have news. They aren’t. They aren’t even close to the majority – I don’t care how many alts they have. That day there were over 200 mission runners and gankers in Apanake. At this very moment while I write, there are 117 in Osmon, with a concurrent log in total of 30,040 pilots. There are always more than 1000 pilots in Jita. At practically any given time, if you take all the trade hubs together, they probably equal the number in HED-GP that day. And all these players are happily doing those things which make EVE Online fun for them sans Time Dilation let alone Soul Crushing Lag. That’s incredible when you think about it.
CCP should stop apologizing to the self-important null-sec blowhards who think this game is just about their play style. CCP should only apologize if they do something wrong, and they did nothing wrong – even having another system on the same node as HED-GP for a time. There was no foul in that. The rest of us greatly appreciate the remaining nodes of Tranquility hummed along with hardly a hiccup all day, allowing us to play our way without the slightest bit of lag. To me, that is a monumental achievement. CCP should be lauded, as many less egotistical players have done. I’ll reiterate. Well done CCP.
Of course, the vocal minority will likely start to “shout” at me again. Things like, “You know nothing of null-sec,” and, “STFU pubbie.” That’d just be another indication of their own sense of self-importance. They fail to understand that far more people enjoyed playing EVE Online last Sunday than did not – myself included. Most of them were in high-sec carrying on business. If you take raw numbers into account, CCP should ignore those who went to HED-GP and continue down the path they’ve started upon. There is no reason to reinvent EVE Online because a few people want it to be other than it is. We live in a world of constraints, and FLOP limits are one of them. I’d tell the whiners to go play another game if there was one even remotely like EVE Online. Since there isn’t, I’ll just say next time be a little smarter about how you play and HTFU. It was your choice. CCP isn’t to blame for anything.