I love you guys, or I wouldn’t say this.
If you have a problem with someone or something that happens in-game, don’t run to CCP demanding they punish someone or remove something from the game.
You’re the community. We are the community. If you see someone doing something you don’t like. Just respond to it. That’s your role. Play it. Engage with it. Let them know yourself if you don’t think something is cool or should be allowed. With a game like Eve Online, where freedom and liberty are taken to extremes, we as a community have a responsibility to govern more interactions for ourselves than in any other MMORPG.
CCP just makes the game. We play it. Mitigating bigotry, trolls, and personal attacks - as uncomfortable as it might be - is not CCP’s responsibility – it’s actually part of the game. Trolling, for a long time, was actually an accepted form of psychological warfare. I don’t know how much this has changed, as much as the definition of trolling has changed. But it used to be saying awful things to your enemy was a great way to make them hastily waste resources on you. And if CCP intervened, the game was over. Nobody wants that, just like you wouldn’t necessarily want a teacher stepping in on the playground (all those years back, right?) and messing with a situation you already had under control for yourself.
Yeah, I don’t like to hear ugly talk, either, but it’s up to us to confront it with our own methods of communication, whether that’s to reflect their ugliness, or kill them with kindness. Personally, I prefer to take the high road, and trash them by ridiculing their ignorance, which is the source of the sort of stuff you guys complain about. I understand many words are ugly and get a rise out of you. They’re so powerful as words that even imbeciles can use them to great effect, as you’ve observed. Sure. I agree with you, it sucks. But I want ignorant trash talk in game because it gives me something to fight back against. And I’m not referring to clicking on their profile and submitting a report ticket, like a snitch. HEY! Listen to me! You guys like this Ayn Randian hellscape, right? That’s kind of the point of this game, right? Well, act like it, and confront community issues yourself. That you even expect someone with a position of power over Eve to react to your whining demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of the basic philosophy of this special game.
Please stop acting like hall monitors by asking CCP to step in and handle stuff that’s actually our collective responsibility. You know how few people are even left in CCP? Let them focus on keeping the back end alive, and if you don’t like what’s happening up front, well, you’re in here, too. Take matters into your own hands. Let Twitter ban people for social missteps. Let Eve punish them. Don’t be a snitch. Don’t be a rat. Be a wolf. Bring justice to local.
This is Eve Online.