Important note: suicide gankers are not Nazis.
EVE players love them their false associations and so can often make comparisons to Nazis or Hitler in the very first post of an EVE Online forum thread. And that brings me to the Quote of the Week:
Whether it's Jews or Miners, racism is racism, prejudice towards an 'other' is prejudice.As much fun as the continuing drama around Hydra Reloaded and the AT have been, the brand new drama around mining ship ganking continuing into June is even more fun. The Mittani stirred up a lot of folks when he mentioned on Twitter that he was thinking about continuing the bounty on Hulk kills in perpetuity. This might sound expensive, but as I've mentioned on this blog before the Goons gain a direct financial benefit from every Hulk killed. The tech bottleneck isn't going to last forever. I'd be surprised if we didn't see some major changes to T2 production before the year is out, in fact. As a result, a few more months of Hulk bounties aren't going to break the Goon bank and the tactic might even be profitable.
It's certainly profitable in the rage that it's producing.
A lot of miners seem to have reached the conclusion at some point that as long as they dock up or avoid trouble during Hulkageddon itself, they should be entitled to 11 months of gank-free mining goodness. Now that this is proving not to be the case, the carebear rage has begun.
Important note: mining is not a civil right.
I'm sorry I had to type that, but that's really what it's starting to sound like out there: like mining is a federally-protected play style and that by interfering with it, Goons and other gankers are violating people's inherent right to play EVE. The sputtering indignation is rather amusing. Where it evolves into full-fledged comedy is when the sputtering rage gives voice to people who are obviously professionals in their real lives trying to justify (or bemoan) their habits. This particular thread -- even if it was a troll -- certainly exemplifies that.
And I've read more than one follow-on thread or post comparing the on-going ganking of miners to the Holocaust.
The words "false association" don't even begin to cover this.
Important note: miners are not a federally-protected endangered species.
It's gotten to the point that at any given moment now, on the top page of the EVE "General Discussion" section, there are four to five threads about this. Oh, some people put different spins on it: gankers are chasing off new players, or gankers are hurting the game's economy. One very amusing thread posits that ganking is a "low skill and low risk trade" that "takes place in high-sec", and therefore mining is actually the higher-skill, more dangerous occupation!
I was never that big of a reader of the EVE Online forums. The signal to noise ratio has dropped below acceptable levels in most of the sections. Still, I have to admit that I'm getting a big kick out of this particular issue. We'll have to see if things settle down into a new normal. One thing that the miners forget about the Goons is that they don't have a particularly long attention span. I suspect something shiny will distract them in due course.