Teg: Mittens. No question about it. Love him or hate him, he's had the biggest impact on EVE as a game this year.riverini has said that EN24 will be announcing the selection of the "EVE Online 2011 Most Influential Player" on January 1 sometime, and explicitly compares the selection to TIME magazine's annual Person of the Year.
Teg: Hell, he's had major influences on two aspects of the game: positive in the first half of the year, pushing CCP as the Chair of the CSM.
Teg: And then negative in the back half of the year through the ice interdiction, hurting not only cap-using vets, but newbies that just want to mine ice.
TIME has already chosen their POTY for 2011, and they chose "The Protester", pointing primarily at the multitudes that drove the Arab Spring in the Middle East and the Occupy and Tea Party movements in the U.S. But of course, we had a bit of an Occupy moment in New Eden as well this year, didn't we? ;-) It'll be interesting to see if EN24 picks an individual player, or goes the same route.
The same EN24 piece asks what players felt were the ten defining moments for EVE Online in 2011. The top five things on my list are not only important moments in EVE history in 2011, they will also drive the future of the game. The remaining five are important but not so influential.
1. The Jita riots and mass player unsubscriptions
Easy selection, and far and away the most important moment in EVE's history this year. It's already had a profound impact on how CCP views their customers, and put an important new weapon in the EVE player's arsenal. 'nuff said.2. The creation of the BTL and Ditanian Fleet incursion-running channels
This is probably a surprise pick, but the more I think about it, the more I think putting this choice as number two is the right way to go. While I certainly don't support the position that incursions are ruining the EVE economy the way some people do (I feel the opposite, in fact), there's no question that the creation of a structured support system for running incursions had a profound impact on New Eden's economy this year, and the PvE options for both newer and more experienced players.3. CCP's public apology and declaration of change in development direction
This one was driven by number one, of course, but it deserves to be mentioned as a separate item in and of itself for one reason: Crucible. It was clear that once the impact of the Jita riots was felt within CCP, it fundamentally altered how CCP approaches its development process. It's already had a major impact on the development teams, and the change of direction affected everyone up to Hilmar himself.4. Destruction of the Northern Coalition by DRF forces
This was far and away the most important event in null-sec sovereignty this year. Though the NC collapsed primarily from internal rot and burn-out, the implications of the super-cap in null-sec warfare were made plain through their use in this fight. Though it was initially shaping up to be an epic clash of the titans, the NC's effective surrender left the bulk of their super-cap arm intact... and unless I miss my guess, the bulk of it is still intact, though now distributed to a large number of alliances.5. The consolidation of the null-sec bloc to take control of CSM6
CCP Greyscale and CSM5 coming together last December to say that they didn't see any reason why jump bridges couldn't be removed from the game had a profound influence on the CSM6 election come the beginning of the year. Even more than that, though, it showed CCP that their customer service and support mechanisms could be gamed by the very same players that had become so good at gaming EVE's internal mechanisms.6. Interdictions
Some of this was right out front -- the GSF Oxytope interdiction and the Pandemic Legion Technetium interdiction, for instance. But I'm becoming increasingly convinced that control and denial of resources is happening under the covers as well (and I'll have more to say about that in 2012). What comes out of this, though, is the veteran player's increasingly strong desire to hurt and control the ability of the newer player to succeed in EVE... driving resentment on both sides of the line.7. The fall of IT Alliance
IT certainly wasn't the first alliance in EVE to fail due to internal rot and back-biting. But unless there's another I'm aware of (TCF, perhaps?), they were the first alliance in EVE to say "You know what? Fuck this game and the un-fun things that it makes us do."... and actually mean it and follow up on it.8. The sanctum/haven nerf
I don't have too much to add to this one that I haven't said already, but the end result is clear: thousands of EVE players were driven out of null-sec and into the waiting arms of the public incursion channels. The small sov-holding alliance may never recover.9. The rise of the machines
2011 was the year that botting went from being a cancer that was destroying EVE to a practice that's accepted in this game with a wink and a shrug by a solid minority of EVE players. "If you can't beat them, join them" has become the order of the day. Anything CCP Sreegs has in mind to attack the bots is probably going to be too little, too late at this point.10. The flavor of the month
Finally, this was the year that -- for many ships -- the number of acceptable fittings dwindled from the infinite to the few. From the Hellcat to the Thundercat to the Alpha Maelstrom and beyond, this year EVE players made it clear to each other that there was a right way and a wrong way to fit and fly a ship. How far this will spread remains to be seen.
That's my one and my ten. What are yours? Discuss.
Happy new year, everyone. :-)