Be the Hero; Not the Villain

There was this today, which was prompted by this, which was prompted by this. I was going to ignore that last article, but my incredulity quotient has gotten too high. To wit, ZOMG! The Mittani thinks there should be noob friendly space in EVE Online now because, “shit, politely, is fucked.” Really? REALLY!? Holy crap Batman, EVE Jesus has spoken – “shit, politely, is fucked.” Like this is some sort of divine revelation. I’m astounded some see this as such. As Rixx Javix points out in the first link in my opening sentence, this idea has been kicked around the EVE Online blogosphere for years. I myself have addressed it on many occasions. I began with the post titled, “You are killing the thing you love one noob at a time.” I wrote that at the end of my first year of blogging, December 2011. It’s just as true today as it was then.

Why is that? No, I don’t mean why do we need a new player safe area. That’s derp. Why is it still just as true today as it was in 2011 that players are killing the thing they love? That’s the question everyone really needs to ask themselves. Because until they do, and address the reasons why, EVE Online will continue to die. Yes, I said it. EVE Online is dying – and you may be to blame.

But before I go on, honestly, I really don’t care any more. I’ve written about it until my ink runs dry and nothing ever changes. All I get for it is trolling and abuse by the same people who kill EVE Online one noob at a time. So I’m going to troll you knuckleheads back. Some of you are genuine, grade-A pig rectums. YOU are the reason EVE Online is dying. Your juvenile rationalizations for anti-social behavior are pedantic drivel. You drool your stupidity in every word you utter defending your faults. I know. I’ve been on the receiving end of your pointy sticks often enough. Now make your purulent comment condemning what I just wrote about you and prove my point. Stick poking is all you’re really good at anyway.

And it wasn’t just me getting the pointed end of that stick. When Jester, you remember him don’t you, brought up the idea there should be limits on antisocial behavior in EVE Online, he was treated so badly he shut down his blog. Now, I don’t know for fact that one specific incident involving the bonus room was the reason, but I’d wager it was a large contributing factor in his decision. He didn’t need the abuse any more than me. Fortunately he had an out. He walked away, just like I did.

That’s the first time I’ve admitted that to anyone. Yes, I walked away from the EVE Online community. I got fed up with the abuse, and the same old tired rationalizations for antisocial behavior. I gave up on it because it is hopeless, and I have no faith this most recent call for change from EVE Jesus himself will make a damn bit of difference. After all, a major tenet of that religion is they’re here to ruin everyone else’s game. Until that changes, they are just part of the problem.

Now don’t get me wrong, it is completely unfair to hang this problem on Goonswarm. Sure, there are some in Goonswarm who promote anti-noob behavior, but not all of them, or even most of them. In actuality, even though it’s more than in most MMOs, the number of players creating this problem is a minority percentage. The problem is they are becoming a larger percentage every day because people who just want to have fun, not at someone else’s expense, are leaving the ship like rats. How many bloggers alone have moved on? Jester, me, Tur Amarth (edit 8/20/14: the correct spelling is TurAmarth – no space. Also, he’d like everyone to know he hasn’t left EVE, but is just on a forced RL extended sabbatical. And he posted to his blog two days ago as proof. I apologize for including him in this group. I was obviously mistaken to do so…), Corelin, Krazy… and the list keeps growing. They don’t all say it’s because of anti-social behavior. Most claim to have just become bored with the game. Some may even come back, or so they say. But regardless, losing community bloggers is a serious symptom of the overall malaise. That wasn’t obvious to me until Jester threw in the towel. EVE Online is just not fun anymore. If it’s not fun for long-time, committed players, how much fun can it be for the noob who runs into extortionists who hang out in high-sec because they think it’s l33t to harass new players?

If you still play EVE Online and are part of the problem, get this through your thick heads will you? No one likes to have their fun ruined just because you get lulz from it. They don’t have to put up with it. Those with nothing yet invested in the game will simply never log in again. “Fuck that shit” leads directly to “shit, politely, is fucked.” That’s the correlation here, and anyone who has ever taken joy at another capsuleer’s misfortune is to blame.

But what do you do when the game designer itself promotes the thing that is killing it? “Be the villain,” is an ongoing ad campaign from CCP. CCP actively recruits those most likely to kill noobs. And it works. Just do a Google search for “EVE Online be the villain.” Players offer extended 21-day buddy trials to anyone who wants to be the villain (I won’t link the web site because they don’t deserve the link but you’re smart enough to find it I’m sure.) Non-villain noobs only get 14-day trial periods. This is CCP’s doing, and it is yet another symptom of what is killing EVE Online. In a world where the vast majority of people don’t find it enjoyable to harm other people, it is self-defeating to promote the minority view. There’s a good reason the Empire was defeated in Star Wars.

But as I said earlier, I don’t care anymore. If EVE Online doesn’t change it can just continue to rot, and deservedly. I won’t shed any tears for it. I am so beyond that now. EVE Online doesn’t deserve to live if it can’t be a game where all players find enjoyment doing what they want. Even if that’s not blowing up other people’s space ships and not being blown up in return. If you still play, the ball is in your court. Do something. Be the hero, not the villain. Or watch the thing you love die. Peace out.