First, I must say the blogosphere is living up to Friday Blog wars (lazy linking since I don’t want to update this as more pop up). It took a bit of time, but finally people have caught on and are following the rules. For that, you should be congratulated. Your posts provide great entertainment to close out a very eventful week.
Next let’s talk about evil, since I’m the expert on it after all. Not SynCaine grant you, but the person behind the name. I have no doubt that those who know be best on the internet, Inquisition, will all attest to how evil I truly am. Furthermore, those I played with back in WoW will also surely confirm just how low I’ll go (ok Gavel might, but he sucked anyway). Finally some random former MMO blogger, who sadly no one cares about anymore due to his boring posts about PnP, who has time and time again proven he will turtle at the first sign of a conflict, who might have the thinnest skin on the internet, and who on more than one occasion has thrown in the blogging towel, thinks I’m evil.
It’s that last bit the really hurts.
Because again, consider the source. This is someone who declared CCP will shut down in 2012. Who ‘tried’ EVE for all of about a week and demonstrated only how little he is able to comprehend when it comes to that subject. Someone who post after post after post has been telling us how FFA PvP can never work. How the wolves will eat all the sheep, and how that’s just simply not sustainable. Who swears gold ammo is not P2Win. Who for years professed the virtues of ‘accessibility’, yet then the true value of accessibility showed itself, declared WoW ‘too accessible’, about 3-4 years after others made the exact same prediction.
I’ll stop, because if I continue, Tobold might quit blogging, again, or start (continue?) filtering comments, or worst of all, once again declare that he does not read this blog, and then who would we (not) read for our PnP fix?
Plus, picking on someone who is already so close to the edge would just be wrong. The last thing anyone wants is for Tobold to off himself, right? Why take the chance with someone who has clearly shown to be less than stable.
Let’s move on to someone who is begging to be called evil, or even acknowledge to exist: Gevlon. I find Gevlon extremely entertaining. It’s like getting to watch someone walk into a wall day after day, only to come back a month later and figure out that they are indeed attempting to pass through a solid object. (contract hauling anyone?) It’s cute in a sadistic way, but acceptable because the individual walking into that wall continues to tell you how smart they are and that it’s you who is wrong.
Whatever disorder Gevlon has, I wish more bloggers had it. At least Gevlon has moved on from the kiddy pool of WoW AH ‘tactics’ and into EVE for all of us to enjoy.
His expert breakdown of the Goons, for instance, is riveting. Granted, it rivals a Tobold post about EVE in accuracy, but it’s far more entertaining because I truly believe Gevlon is not trolling. He honestly believes what happened to Mittens will be a negative for the goons, and that these events somehow herald a ‘new dawn’ for PvP lead by him and his goblins (RP’ing a bit much there…). He also fully believes that the goons have done more harm than good in EVE, and that the game would be better off without them. Finally, he believes CCP wishes the goons and players like them would go away.
You can’t make up this kind of comedy.
Last and least, we have those shining examples of humanity I quoted yesterday. I’m still having trouble understanding how such simple creatures have managed to access the internet, let alone roll their faces across a keyboard long enough to blurt out the gems that they have, but god bless all you little retards.
So why is all of this such a big deal? Here is a wiki link. Just kidding, but go read this first, it will give you a nice baseline. What we have witnessed this week is that envy flared up to 11. To the envious, it seemed to them that finally EVE was on its way down, and that the players who truly make it what it is, represented by The Mittani, would be thrown out.
The Mittani is ‘embarrassed’ by this. The goons will finally give up. ‘Evil’ players of EVE are going to be banned by CCP. CCP themselves will change the rules and finally, finally, allow the masses to enjoy EVE as the envious envision it.
And that only adds to the total comedy of all of this, because the exact opposite is going to happen.
The goons biggest enemy is inactivity. When they don’t have a cause, they grown bored and weak. While The Wis might have pulled off an epic troll job on Mittens, he, along with Massively and everyone else in the lynch mob, have provided the goons with the greatest source of motivation they have likely ever seen. The lynch mob has, quite literally, done a masterful job of fueling the goons on and making them more powerful than ever. Jita burning will be just the first trophy of this effort, and they will have Massively and the rest to thank for it.
But it’s not just the goons who will ultimately profit from this. All EVE players will. EVE is famous for high-profile stories that ‘shock’ the envious, and nothing has been more shocking than this whole suicide show. The foolish believe such stories drive away players, but they do the exact opposite. Those who this scares away would never have survived in New Eden anyway, and so they never counted in the first place. White Knights claiming ‘this’ is the event that drove them away are either fooling you, or fooling themselves. Those same White Knights said the exact same thing when GHSC made news, or when the downfall of BoB made news.
At the end of the day, EVE remains as the longest running MMO with a growing population. Longer than WoW, longer than EQ1, and longer than all the voiced dialog of SW:TOR. It has the strongest, most stable community in the genre, it’s technically superior to any game out, and CCP (which includes former goon members, ooh nooz) are the best in the world at what they do.
And the envious hate that. It defies all that they believe. It spits in the face of their “wolves and sheep” theory. It spits in the face of ‘accessibility’, welfare epics, and of ‘fair fights’. To them, it’s the story always ending with the bad guy winning, and it eats away at them and drives them insane.
And it’s going to continue. Despite the wishes of former bloggers, EVE is not going away this year. CCP has corrected their path thanks to The Mittani guiding them, and are now back to making the best game in the genre ever greater.
And somewhere, hopefully, that success will eventually drives a white knight or blogger to off themselves. We can only hope they do it publicly, to give us one more bit of content before they go.