My post yesterday about Garmon's use of an exploit to destroy Jump Freighters in low-sec is getting me attacked by various Garmon white knights, and people who otherwise think that I'm trying to destroy the name of a great solo PvPer. It's not anything that I didn't expect, but it deserves some comment.
First, it shouldn't surprise anyone. If people do things in this game that I think are wrong, I do not hesitate to go after them. I've gone after The Mittani, Seleene, Mynxee, Rooks and Kings, Pandemic Legion, Goonswarm, EVE News 24, the CSM generally, CCP itself... the list goes on and on and on. These are all people or entities that are beloved by some fraction of the EVE player base. I've also praised all of those people and entities when I feel they've done something right. That's the nature of the blog I'm writing here. I write about big picture EVE topics and that isn't going to change. The personality of the game itself and the people who play it are one such aspect of that big picture, and I'm going to write about it.
And from time to time, I'm going to call out people who have a hand in shaping that personality of the game.
The "things I think are wrong" are my opinions, and I never say they aren't. Many people agree with my opinions, and many don't. I'm totally OK with that. Sometimes I say a beloved person or entity in EVE has done something that I think is wrong-headed or dumb and I take flak for it. I'm totally OK with that, too. I have a thick skin and I can take it just as much as I dish it out, if not more. Sometimes, people say in blogs or on fora that I'm the one that's wrong-headed. I'm also OK with that. People are entitled to their opinions of me.
So no, I'm not surprised at the outburst in the slightest.
My opinion on this matter is straight-forward: Garmon is a great solo PvPer and I think his videos are terrific. However, Garmon could have gotten just as much fame out of this incident and maintained his reputation by producing a video of him using this tactic to destroy a JF on Sisi, then explaining how the tactic works. He obviously destroyed one or more JFs on Sisi as test runs before committing to the tactic on TQ; the first kill is too clean to believe otherwise. Publishing such a video would have gotten him just as much fame, and there's good reason to think that CCP would have rewarded him for it in some fashion, for instance by linking to his website from their Facebook wall or from an ISD news post on the EVE log-in screen.
I also don't buy the explanation of him going to a GM and asking "is this working as intended?" That's just silly. Seriously, Garmon's been playing this game for a long, long time. You don't ask such a question of a GM without already knowing the answer. The comparison with AHARM's asking GMs about their use of wormhole e-war mechanics is unavoidable. They knew what they were asking, too. And the fact that AHARM had a GM response covering their ass in no way negated their responsibility in that matter. The fact that Garmon had some GM response covering his ass does not negate his responsibility, either. The simple fact is that Garmon found an exploit, surely realized it was an exploit, and could have advertised it as an exploit without using it.
Instead, he specifically chose to use the tactic to get himself some cheap kills.
Choices have consequences. The consequence of this choice is that he sullied his own reputation. He didn't sully it with everyone, to be sure. Garmon will always have his defenders, no matter what he does. But there's now going to be a percentage of EVE players that can't think about Garmon without thinking of his use of this tactic. After all, I'm sure most of you knew what I was talking about when I mentioned AHARM.
To me, that loss of reputation -- built up over years! -- wouldn't have been worth a couple of JF kills.
That's why I wrote about it.
And the next time something like this happens, I'll write about it then, too. And if I ruffle feathers along the way, then that's my choice and the consequences of that choice.