And now an important message from Jester's evil twin, Garth. The opinions of Garth are not the opinions of Jester (unless they are).
Sure, any time you get a new source of income in EVE Online, it's tempting to blame it for everything from not enough cheese on your pizza to global warming. We saw it with wormhole income. We saw it with the Dominion expansion and buffed Sanctums and Havens. And now we're seeing it with incursions. Incursions are causing... wait for it... "inflation." The same way Sanctums caused "inflation." The same way wormholes caused "inflation."
Now, I wouldn't give a shit if the people using this word actually knew what this word fucking means. But they don't. What they mean is "This one specific faction, pirate, or dead-space mod or ship I want to buy is more expensive than I want it to be. Waaa." And so are PLEXes. Just ask Evan Drakes, who blames incursion-runners every time PLEX prices jump 10 million ISK.
Want some cheese to go with your whine? No? How about a nice punch in the mouth, then?
These kinds of whiny babies make me laugh for two reasons.
First, they're usually wrong. And not just a little wrong. They're usually a lot wrong. There's two types of wrong that are common here. The first type of wrong is when they say "mod X or ship Y is more expensive than it was before incursions started." Granted, supply and demand pushed up the prices for a few of these items over the summer, but the prices on the common faction and pirate items used by incursioners has been going down since late summer or so, not up. And those prices are now, for the most part, lower than they were at the start of the year.
The second type of wrong is when they say "mod X or ship Y is more expensive, and incursions are to blame." Two examples of this are mind-links and dead-space mods. Why are dead-space mods more expensive? Might it have something to do with the fact that half of EVE's null-sec bears either unsubbed from EVE or got kicked out of their space this year? I'm sure that had absolutely nothing to do with it.
And let's look at mind-links. "Siege warfare mindlinks now cost 100 million ISK when they used to cost ten. That is obviously the fault of incursions," the whiners are quick to intone. Then I explain that, no, CCP added a ton of new story-line missions a year ago, and none of the new ones drop warfare implants. Look at prices for the Skirmish Warfare Mindlinks (which pretty much nobody uses for incursions) and you'll find the exact same price increase as for the Armor and Shield varieties. Therefore, the cost of mind-links is going up because fewer are being dropped.
To which, when I say this, I am told, "Ah, but if there were no incursions, there would be more mission-runners producing the mind-links."
At which point, I get a strong desire to create an invention that would allow me to stab someone in the fucking face through the Internet.
This brings me to the second reason these whiny babies make me laugh. IF what they're saying about "inflation" being caused by incursions is true, fine: that means they're effectively being griefed by high-sec bears! Why aren't incursion bears running missions and making your PvP mind-links cheaper: because they're griefing you. Why are incursion bears "driving up the prices" of all the mods and ships you want to buy: because they're griefing you. Why are PLEX prices through the roof: because incursion-runners are griefing you.
And the more you whine, the more they succeed. And the more I laugh at you.
The preceding has been an important message from Jester's evil twin, Garth. The management apologizes to any and all whom Garth may have offended. He really should have been strangled in his crib.