And now an important message from Jester's evil twin, Garth. The opinions of Garth are not the opinions of Jester (unless they are).
Yes, you knew I was talking to you, didn't you? Because you're an EVE player. More to the point, you're a long-time bitter-vet "been playing since beta" EVE player. Know what? The rest of us don't give a shit about your opinions about how hard EVE should be to learn. This comes out in particular every time someone like Jester proposes simplifying this game in some way and making it a tiny bit easier for newbies to understand. Any time anybody says something like this, you assholes start carping about how "I had to learn how the sandbox worked, and it was fucking hard. So should the new guys. If they can't learn it, they should GTFO."
You know what? It's elitist shit like this that is strangling this game. Have you looked at the PCU count lately? Even more than that, though, you remind me of a cliché: the old dad saying that there weren't any new-fangled school-busses when they went to school. Oh no. They walked to school! In the snow! Uphill! Both ways! And so should you!
You're a cliché and you're pathetic.
CCP had about five minutes where they thought this would be a good recruiting strategy for new players, then they wised up and realized how idiotic that approach is. FFS, even the phrase "EVE is hard" has 212 million links on Google. And some of you assholes think that EVE isn't hard enough. Know what I think about this opinion?
You know what? I'd just as soon not shoot at the same 50 guys in the same eight alliances for the rest of my EVE career, thanks. I'd like to get some new blood in here, and if removing unnecessary difficulty from the game is how to do it, then guess what: that's what should be done. And you assholes that think EVE should be hard just for the sake of being hard because it's always been hard can go screw yourselves.
That said... hey! You! Asshole!
No, not you assholes. You other assholes. You assholes that get all whiny when your ship gets blown up. You assholes who have somehow convinced fucking programmer Vikings that maybe their game makes space a little bit too unsafe.
You know what? Space is supposed to be unsafe, so maybe you should just shut your mouths and HTFU. "Q" told you this all the way back in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and if you didn't believe him, a guy named Gus Grissom is at the door and wants to explain it to you. Just because I think that maybe this game should be made a little bit easier for newbies to understand doesn't mean I'm gonna advocate putting training wheels on your Tempest or making your Hulk gank-proof. If you do seriously dumb shit in this game, not only are you gonna get blown up, but you deserve to get blown up. Hopefully, it'll teach you not to do something quite so dumb the next time. I've had ships ganked. I've been podded in expensive implants.
Know what I didn't do? I didn't whine on the forums that the mean man hurt me. I learned from the experience. Maybe you should try it.
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. It takes a rare gift to piss off both bitter-vets and carebears at the same time.