I’m a new player and have been paying attention to a lot of the good and particularly the bad experiences people have been talking about here in the forums and in the game, and whenever people describe the negative experiences they’ve had someone just says “this is what you signed up for, deal with it.” This can be an extremely valid point in some cases, as advanced conflict and deception are core strategy elements that make EVE so exciting, but it is also clearly used as a catch-all to prevent constructive criticism of the game. The difference lies in whether or not a violent mechanic adds real value and complexity to the game without being completely unfair and pointless.
The one thing which everyone complains about and which, to me, seems to fall totally in the latter category, is gate-camping. Resources exist to track areas being gate-camped, but the information is often incomplete and at a delay. The default response here has been that creating alternate accounts as scouts to multibox with is now a de facto requirement. Anyone who complains about gate-camping just needs to make a scouting alt, and that’s as far as the conversation is allowed to go on the topic.
My question is: from a gameplay perspective, is this worth it? Do people who gate-camp utilize genuine strategy and skill to reap real rewards, or do they just sit there waiting for someone to inevitably warp in? While EVE is undeniably a slow game in terms of skill development and a steep learning curve, is the point of the game to simply wait and wait and wait until a helpless person is instantly killed? Should multiboxing really be a de facto requirement for the game?
I don’t want to definitively answer these questions because I’m so new, and I’ve never participated in a gate-camp, but this seems to be the one major aspect of the game that from an outsider’s perspective seems to require little skill and which is virtually impossible to fight except by creating a scout, which in my experience has not been adequately described in the tutorial or in CCP’s website as the apparently absolutely necessary requirement to surviving in New Eden. If the answer to any of those questions is no, maybe we need to put aside our generic “this is what you signed up for” remarks and ask if this phenomenon really adds more value to the game than it takes away.