I’ve been thinking a bit about the collective EVE bloggers of late.
EVE Players constantly hunt and kill each other with real pixel consequence. A large enough number of these players also troll, lambast, scam, steal and belittle their opponents. They show no respect, mercilessly hound signs of weakness, and go out of their way to be upsetting. Big wars see streams of military grade propaganda and thousands of players displaced.
It is not hard to imagine why people get annoyed, or even angry, and why grudges and rivalries can last for years.
Given this, I was surprised at how generally civil the EVE Blogging community is.
Yes I am sure you can prove me wrong with enough exceptions and bad examples. I am not saying it is some angelic utopia of fair-mindedness. I’m saying that – given the nature of the EVE environment, I am surprised that the blogging community is not more fractious and troll like.
And then the obvious came to me.
The average EVE Blogger is probably not the truest representation of the EVE environment. Yes they can be found in Empire, and Low and Null Sec, and Wormholes, and in solo play, and in small gang PVP, and within Industry or huge Alliances. Yes by following them you can learn about the mechanics of the game, the histories, the many different play styles and you can get valuable tips and ideas.
But the authors tend to be well (well) out of their teens, often have careers, are often married, and a fair number also have kids. They tend to have a perspective on what is really important in life, and the maturity to realise that life isn’t just about them.
It would be a mistake going into EVE assuming this relative civility is the norm.
(I’ll stop thinking about the EVE Blogging community now! 🙂 )