Good day capsullers,
This post will be of general interest to everyone the plays eve, regardless of activity. I will not polish the apple longer, so let’s get into it. It has come to my attention lately, that more and more players are developing, or at least trying to develop a new type of game meta. Namely reporting other players to CCP, in most of the cases for flimsy and barely perpetrated breaches of the ToS and in some case of outright false breaches, in a shameful attempt of getting the reported player banned from EVE. Such an attempt was recently made on me. A player, for the sake of his protection, let’s call him “Player K” has all of a sudden contacted me via in-game mail. In this first contact, he found it fit to use an aggressive and taunting tone, along with false accusations of faking my character decorations, whatever that means and as if this would really affect him in some way. So I took it as a verbal challenge and I proceeded to respond to him in a similar taunting manner, only I didn’t use insulting words. As a result of this, he lost his wits and sent me a second, this time inflammatory message, stating falsities about me and my corp and also asking me several questions, after which he proceeded to block me – this is what I call a ToS trap, trying to force a harassment claim on me, in case I used another character to respond. I answered to him from another character – a character more than 8 months old, and after that I received a third message, but this time not directly from him, but from another character – let’s call him… Player O. In this message, he threatened me with a report to CCP for harassment – thus confirming my suspicion and for creating a new character to respond to him (a falsity, as the character I sent the response from is more than 8 months old). The whole conversation is pasted below, please read it carefully and post any constructive answer and/ or opinion you may have, as this behavior concerns all of us. I mean, is this honorable? Is this a new meta? Using CCP as a “weapon” against other players? I don’t want to gain any sympathy, but I consider EVE Online to be one of the best games ever made, I respect the CCP team’s work throughout the two decades of development and I also respect the player-base for the passion and dedication. I consider EVE to be a game of mind, of wits, passion, patience and skill. I don’t consider it to be a game of crying and trolling, especially not CCP trolling. I’d like to know what you guys think.
Note: this is not my main, I censored all the names and what could be considered personal info from the messages, including my character’s name. So no chance of breaking the ToS – point 19, in case any “emerging game meta - report” fans are thinking of that.