Here's the EVE Report coverage of the Majesta theft. Here's the EVE News 24 coverage of it.
Simultaneous to this heist, I and others have been having an extended conversation on Failheap with Mittens about his strategies for CSM6. The thread is long -- more than 14 pages now -- but it's probably worth your time if you're interested at all in CSM activities. Mittens's posts are even easy to find. Very few Failheapers go with a hot pink signature image.
And a couple of weeks ago, I was giggling on Twitter over this sarcastic little piece that describes "what your MMO says about you." About EVE players, among other things, it says this:
You are a criminal at heart and appreciate that no one in EvE exemplifies basic human decency, including game designers. You pretend to be affronted when people accuse you of things like lying, stealing or shitting on the toilet seat, but that's just because you're very dishonest and like to make people feel bad, even when they're right.What do these three things have in common? Glad you asked.
Think of the most successful EVE players you know. The big alliance leaders. The space-rich players. The best FCs. The most awesome pilots of the [x] type ship.
Is it just me, or are all of them pretty much arrogant jerks?
I don't mean the rank-and-file EVE player. They are, for the most part, great people and people I don't mind at all spending my time talking to and hanging out with in a virtual sense. I mean the people in this game that really make names for themselves, the hundred or so people whose character names most of us know. Can anyone think of anyone who both plays EVE and has a ton of e-fame and e-success (for whatever reason) that isn't an arrogant jerk? I can think of two... maybe three.
EVE definitely rewards jerkish behavior. And a lot of the best EVE players out there positively glory in it.
The more I think about it, in fact, the more I think this is a defining characteristic of EVE Online that's brought out by the single-shard sandbox. A ton of people who are lovely to be around in real life turn into true scum once the Internet's thin layer of anonymity is applied. And give these very same people a weapon and the ability to virtually shoot people in the face, or set them on fire? EVE is the ultimate expression of the Internet troll's fondest wish. One of the things that a lot of people told me during my CSM run was some variant on "Yeah, I wanted to run, but you have to give your real name. I didn't like that." Some actively (and fruitlessly) advocate for CCP to remove this requirement.
Gee, I wonder why. ;-) Strip that thin layer of anonymity away, and you can't be "yourself" in EVE any more.
Let's focus for a bit strictly on alliance leaders, because here, the cream truly rises to the top. I'm having a really difficult time thinking of a leader of a large successful EVE alliance that is beloved. Most are simultaneously respected for their competence and despised for their bad behavior and arrogance, and this is often by the people that follow them! I once spent an evening listening to members of one of the biggest, most successful 0.0 alliances in EVE bitch and complain about their alliance leader non-stop for two straight hours. But the thought of leaving? Nuh-uh. On the flip-side, EVE's history is littered with the corpses of nice guys that tried to lead EVE alliances, and only led them to their destruction. I used to bemoan anti-social behavior from EVE alliance leaders. Now I just accept it because the alliance leaders that actually care about you tend to fail. Who leads successful alliances, particularly big, successful 0.0 alliances? People like Sir Molle. People like Bobby Atlas. People like The Mittani.
And when these people leave their alliance or stop playing EVE, history shows that the alliance had better replace them with another jerk if they want to last.
A former corp-mate of mine, Tai Maac, was involved in the recent mess between Rixx of Evoganda, his corp, Lucifer's Hammer, and Rote Kapelle. RK is, in my opinion, one of the best small-gang PvP organizations out there. They've got a great reputation. And their alliance leader is fairly well-known in 0.0 circles. The full piece on Rixx's blog is definitely worth your time. Lucifer's Hammer was part of RK for a probationary period, but was eventually asked to leave. On paper, they were asked to leave because their membership wouldn't fall in line with the standard fittings and tactics expected of RK, and apparently resented being told what to do and what to fly. Tai Maac has also written an interesting little piece examining what happened from his own perspective. And the piece kind of made me smile at the familiarity of it all. I've gently touched on this topic before during a KOTW posting back in February.
What's most interesting to me, though, is that the two pieces strike the exact opposite tone in their view of RK. Tai Maac -- who's an excellent, aggressive PvPer -- writes a little apologia about Rote Kapelle and how much he learned there. He definitely takes RK's side over Lucifer's Hammer's. His post received a positive comment from lorcar of RK, who says, among other things:
We generally don’t praise people, unless it's something truly exceptional. The prevailing attitude being: yes, of course you did good. You are a part of RK, you could be no less than excellent.Rixx, meanwhile, rips RK to shreds in his own post... and is ripped to shreds in return in the comments on that post. But Rixx is really just shouting at the rain: he's bitching because he thinks the leader of a successful 0.0 alliance is a jerk. He only gets about four paragraphs into his post before he writes this poignant little line:
I'm sorry, but we just left an Alliance like that.Memo to Rixx: I'm afraid you've got a tough future ahead of you in EVE Online.
So, what do you think? I don't think there's any debate that EVE rewards you the more willing you are to be a jerk. But is the reverse true? Do you have to be a jerk to be truly successful at EVE Online?