The only thing worse than a stagnant game is when the developers dare to change things.The context, of course, was one of the recent changes to EVE that was implemented in the Inferno patch. I forget which change, but really: does it matter?
Good Lord, EVE players are never happy. ;-)
It's fun to compare this year's "summer of discontent" with the full-on summer of rage last year. We're about one month shy of the one year anniversary Jita Riots. The larger reason that precipitated the riots was the "Greed is Good?" copy of the CCP Fearless internal newsletter and the "up with micro-transactions" philosophy that it quietly espoused. As I wrote last year, it was literally the pebble that started the avalanche. Still, a secondary casus belli was the :18months: meme. CCP made it quietly clear that they were going to be concentrating on Incarna and Incarna-related features for 18 months and during that time, changes to the spaceship game would be few and far between. And only a massive wave of unsubs convinced CCP that this course was the wrong one.
I'll have more to say on this topic later in the week, but now CCP has committed to exactly what the players want: more space ships and more space ship game play. And sad as it is to relate, that doesn't happen without a lot of changes to the underlying code. EVE players seem to want the first without any of the second. And they get disgruntled when it's made clear CCP can't really do that.
I caught hell when I came out in favor of the new inventory system. I still seem to be in the minority on that one, but I'm OK with that. But the carefully worded and NDA-safe Tweets and blog posts coming out of the CSM say -- when you read between the lines -- that we can probably expect a lot more changes of this type as CCP works on the underlying architecture of "all space ships, all the time." And I'm sure a lot of those changes are going to prompt a lot of low-level player rage from differing quarters, further confirming that CCP just can't win no matter what they do. ;-)
I'm not sure what cliche sums it up best: "Be careful what you wish for, you might get it"? "You can't please all the people all the time"? They both seem to apply. But they're summed up in that QOTW.