Vicious ways? …
The Eve community? …
I’m kinda tempted to write something possibly a little rude here but being British I’m way too polite for. Whilst I do genuinely respect the fact that this, is, apparently, your opinion, put simply, it’s just a tiny bit bonkers.
In terms of language, there’s a disconnect, because given that gankers frequently deride (most and/or all) miners as risk-averse ‘carebears’ to then have you describe them as ‘vicious’ is contradictory and frankly just a little bit laughable.
Have played the game for well over a decade, I’ve yet to see a miner warp up to some overcompensating macho stud blowing unarmed stuff up in their heavily armed ship to give them grief, bump them, and/or indeed blow them up, not least of all because mining ships are, by design, unarmed.
As far as the Eve community goes, I do actually feel like I’m already part of it.
Not the community of misanthropic suicide gankers, with a quasi-religious obsession with James 315, extracting ‘danger money’ (in the style and manner of the Mafia) from other players on pain of grief, bumping and destruction, but the other one.
The one where I have come across people who are generous to newbies and other pilots, the one that involves community-minded things like B4R, inclusivity, kindness and so on, and for me personally, this is where the community lies, if it lies anywhere.
When George Lucas wrote about the Jedi, it was based on a bunch of philosophies including, primarily, Zen Buddhism. I think this is noteworthy.
Yoda: beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.
Luke: Is the dark side stronger?
Yoda: No… no… no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.
Luke: But how am I to know the good side from the bad?
Yoda: You will know. When you are calm, at peace. Passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defence, never for attack.
I have thought for a long time that the way a lot of MMORPGs work means that there are elements of your real-life psychology and personality that inevitably creep in. The complexity of Eve, does, I think, lead to this being possibly truer here than in any other game.
In the same way that actors draw upon their real-life experiences to act, it’s fairly hard to be a consistent vicious killer in this game unless you have been, or are well on the way to being seduced by the dark side.
Having said all this, it’s a big universe and if you really feel that doing bad stuff to other people all the time for kicks is your true calling, then off you toddle.
Me? I prefer to live in the light.