If you haven’t already, I’d suggest you read The Mittani’s latest article in Ten Ton Hammer:
To summarise my personal view (as outlined in my last post), Suicide Ganking Miners is valid in EVE, but I suggest it is currently unbalanced towards the attacker right now due to the buffed destroyer, which is further being helped along by the manipulation of an immensely wealthy player group.
To summarise The Mittani (cheery picked quotes, but they are all there), he seems to feel there is a majority shameful ignorant demographic in EVE who are completely unplugged from the community, and whose unfounded presumption of safety threatens the game, and therefore must be educated or blown up to prevent EVE from turning into a PVP optional theme park.
Interesting how he responded to the outraged commentary of the Ganked Miner – with outraged commentary of his own. It might be unkind, but I got to the end of the article with the impression I was listening to the self-righteous indignation of a politician.
The Mittani plays a very different game than the vast majority of us. His in game wealth, income and power are almost unequalled. That leaves me wondering just how in touch he is with the reality of what the average Empire Hulk Pilot thinks and does. Is he like the Politician who says they understand the cost of living pressures, with a driver and a car waiting for them outside, fuel cards, food and travel allowances, and a base salary far above average?
My bemused observations aside, this debate is unfortunately not really about the tank on a Hulk, as I would prefer it to be. Whether The Mittani’s arguments are right or wrong, there appears to be a ground swell demand on CCP to start drawing a line in the sand about how hardcore EVE Online must be.
CCP can do nothing and ignore the ranting and raving. They will lose some miners and some hardcore players, but in the end all but the most embittered will return to playing the game like they want. However the next time CCP make a mistake, this pent up aggression will resurface, and The Mittani will still be a thorn in their side.
CCP can come down against the casual player, and would expect to lose a volume of empire miners, and probably shorter subscriptions from those who might come into that profession later. I don’t envision it will see an increase in the number of players in the game.
CCP can come down against the hardcore player, and would expect to lose a volume of pirates and 0.0 content drivers. There would be a void there for a while – but that gives opportunities for newer players to possibly fill it. It might also cut back on some of the angst, and they might even be rewarded by The Mittani quitting.
Personally I am just going to work on remaining calm, and wait with interest to see how this pans out. EVE is Real…