Our first candidate is a response to the Alliance Tournament X drama that I wrote about last week. Writing about that drama, Tyrus Tenebros on FHC says:
I guess if the tournament has turned in to who can produce the most tears through metagaming, I'm going to say so far we're looking at CCP Victor.And if you read the EVE Online forum threads I linked last week, you know this to be true. But if you want to see even more examples, look no farther than the Intigo and Duncan posts on the FHC thread in question. Because there's lots and lots to be found. So, they're my first candidates for people who take EVE too seriously.
Hydra cries more than a ganked hulk pilot.
My second candidate for people who take EVE too seriously is Oddball Six. Oddball managed to lose a Hulk and a pod in Hulkageddon yesterday. The Hulk was a terribad fit. The pod was a +5 implant pod with all the trimmings. Oddball could have taken the least interest in EVE's meta game enough to stay informed about Hulkageddon and staying docked during it. Oddball could have been actually sitting by his keyboard so as to avoid losing his pod when his ship was destroyed. Oddball could have even been philosophical about his loss and gone on with his life. He chose none of those options. Instead, he wrote a small novel badly arguing for his play-style at the expense of all other play-styles. Among the :words: of the novel was this interesting quote...
I petition CCP to consider the policy and natural violations that the inaction to date represent, and also suggest a system of natural Consequences which may be of use in curbing such competitions like 'hulkageddon' - or at least limit them to the low- and null-sec systems where they belong.Uhhh... OK. Oddball seems to argue that Hulkageddon is somehow a violation of the EULA/TOS and then argues for the removal of high-sec ganking from the game.
Funnily enough, my third candidate for people who take EVE too seriously is Oddball's killer, Kaeda Maxwell. Now of course, in the discussion between gankers and ganked, I'm going to take the position of the gankers every time. Managing risk and occasionally getting blown up when you fail to do that or are simply unlucky is part of EVE and if you don't want to deal with it, there are other MMOs out there. Still, I'm not sure Oddball's rant deserved a step-by-step explanation of how he died and a justification for it. But in case you're interested in such things, Kaeda obviously took a great deal of time to provide it.
You don't however see me going onto the forums and writing some wall of text quoting the EULA to try and get CCP to remove mining from the sandbox because I don't consider it fun or entertaining, I'd appreciate it if you'd at least consider providing us 'griefers' the same courtesy.That's probably more thought than Oddball's post deserves, but it's quite fun to read Kaeda's defense of the "griefer" play-style. Kaeda's an extremely infrequent blogger, but the last few posts have gone into quite a lot of detail backing the points in the EVE-O post if you're interested...
Finally, I'd be remiss in a post about "taking EVE too seriously" if I didn't point to this interesting article at IGN. It's a terrific outsider's perspective on the insane asylum that we're all spending so much time in. Amusingly, the author manages to make pretty much every EVE player sound insane. Even more amusingly, CCP roundly promoted the piece on Twitter and Facebook, and it'll probably be pointed to in the next EVE Newsletter even though it makes all of us sound insane! Writing about Fanfest, the author says...
Once a day, the CEO of CCP Hilmar Petursson stands up and gives keynote speeches in front of this massive audience, addressing players about the forthcoming changes and improvements to the game and the future vision of the company, and (almost) everything he says is met with eruptions of delighted cheering. At one point, during one of these presentations, people were literally cheering an image of a floating rock.Emphasis mine. So the fourth candidate for "people who take EVE too seriously" is all the rest of us. ;-)
And yeah, I include myself. How could I not?