I’ll offer a retort as a 2004 pirate.
First of all, CCP has all but killed piracy in the game. It used to be a lot easier to catch people to fight against. Now, it’s insanely hard not only catch people, but also get decent fights or decent fish with ISK to steal.
EVE used to have 10KM gates for the longest time, which means when you jump through a gate, you were always within warp disruption distance no matter where you spawned as long as the tackler was 0KM from the gate. CCP nerfed this hard.
Speaking on gates, you couldn’t warp 0KM to gates. You had to have bookmarks where someone went behind the gate far enough to get you a 0KM warp if you warped from the right gate haha. Sure, people bought bookmarks, but a lot didn’t have all the regions. CCP nerfed this hard too by allowing 0KM warps.
Sniping at gates used to be a thing. When a target jumped through or warped to a gate before you had 0KM warp, you could snipe a target extremely fast from outside of sentry gun range. CCP nerfed this as well on multiple levels from upping ship health to changing the mechanics.
People actually used to PvE in low security space as well did a bit of trading. You could find people in belts, mining or ratting. You could also find people moving goods between low security systems for NPC trade routes. CCP nerfed this too with the introduction of blockade runners, jump freighters, removing those trade routes, and making low security useless to PvE with the exception of trading with FW.
We used to be able to stack modules with little penalties. Heat sinkes on the Geddon for example was a beast of a ship before role change and stacking nerf. You could stack webs to slow them before they reached the gate (remember, you spawned 10KM from gate and could crash it unless you got webbed 500 times). CCP again, nerfed all of this. You can’t stack webs like you used to, you can’t stack sensor boosters or damage mods or tracking mods like you used to to kill people quickly or even ransom them trying to get back to the gates.
Uploading kill mails was optional. Now, you have it automated and sent out to everyone involved and have websites that hook directly into the game to see your kills and deaths. Kill mails used to be an actual mail you got in your inbox and you have the OPTION to upload it to a site like zkill or not. CCP nerfed this so no matter what, you can get intel on who is doing what.
Man, I could go on and on. CCP has pretty much made so many changes in your favor to survive. You have so many tools and mechanics working for you that if you die to a gate camp today, it’s entirely your fault for being lazy. To think we need even more nerfs to make PvP non-existent is insane…