This is a weird thread.
What is the evil being complained of here? Who are the victims?
It seems that the great evil is that some folks are buying and selling game assets in the real world. The victims are… well, aside from the shareholders of CCP… the victims are …
…the people who want to believe in the sanctity of the sandbox? The people who get upset and triggered by other people not OBEYING THEM RULES!!!
Who really cares? Are we all supposed to pretend to believe this false outrage? Why?
It seems that some folks want to police the entire world in order to enforce the arbitrary rules of an online spaceship game. But they do not wish to do it on their dime. Oh no. The mortally offended folks want CCP shareholders to foot the bill of POLICING THE RULES.
Well, lookit, they could if they wanted to. CCP shareholders could burn a massive pile of capital, going around the world, explaining to attorneys general that the big crime of the new world order is folks who play computer games selling digital assets to other folks who play computer games. CCP shareholders could spend untold millions on lawyers to talk about it.
And what would happen? Would the police bang down doors at six in the morning, arresting nerds in some second world country because… because they have nothing better to do???
If the shareholders of CCP wanted to act in this way, they could. They could burn as much money as you can imagine, or rather that they have, trying to police their game’s rules across the globe. As it happens, they haven’t.
But the people on this thread could still do it. There is nothing to stop them emptying their bank accounts and using every cent they own to lobby governments across the globe. Police this because I care, they could say. So long as they pay, they can say it again and again and again. Nobody could shut them up. There is nobody who could stop them having their voice, trying to police the whole world.
Personally, having visited the poorer parts of the world, if folks can earn a living… if anyone at all can feed their children by playing Eve and RMT, then this game has finally counted for something good and real in the world. Apart from creating jobs for the CCP staff, and dividends for the happy capitalists who own the thing.
I’ve seen children as young as 8 breaking rocks in a quarry because a banker cheated their dad on a real estate deal. That was in what we all call a “democracy”. You want them breaking rocks, or playing Eve?
I dearly hope there is RMT in Eve, and that it is bringing some relief to some folks in the world. If your choices are practical slavery for an existence wage, or playing eve, then fly safe.