Okay, I’m not making any accusations towards you, but I got a story to tell. Hear me out.
When the hypernet relay was first announced, players went off on the devs talking about how it’s evil and exploitative, and going to turn people into gamblers. Now, I do not have a gambling addiction, but I am a recovering alcoholic. So, I have plenty of experience with addiction and recovery. And, I had some thoughts about the whole Hypernet thing -which I put into a video. I won’t make you watch it, so here’s a super brief TL:DR:
First, I defend the hypernet relay and CCP from accusations that it’s exploitative. Second, I spent a while talking about my experiences with addiction and recovery. Third, I advertised that I started a discord (Drop the Rokh) for people in recovery, and for people who think they might have a problem with addiction of any kind.
I then went back to the hypernet relay feedback thread, and posted about the video and Drop the Rokh, and… no one gave a flying ■■■■. No likes, and the only reply I got was from a guy who told me I should go to Jita to see the hyperspam. Now, I know it took me a while to post, and the discussion had died down quite a bit by then. But I do want to point out that that comment -the one telling me about the hyperspam- had already managed to pick up two likes by the time I saw it.
I’m sure that there are people who are genuinely concerned for the mental health and well-being of others. You might be one of them. The guy who’s friend is addicted is probably one of them. But it’s clear to me that the vast majority of people complaining about the potential for self-destructive behavior and gambling addiction don’t give a ■■■■ about people. They were more invested in being angry at CCP. And as soon as someone with some actual experience on the subject disagreed with them, their only response was to either ignore it, or move the goal post so they could keep being angry.
And with that, I think I’ve had enough Eve forums for the day.