See, I think this is a weak argument. Of course, if everyone did what I did, it would devalue my rewards. However, I’m pretty sure that there is more than one way make a living in Eve. And this most certainly does not mean that a lot of complainers are not just getting angrier and angrier as their deprecated strats give them less and less reward for their time and effort. That is not adaptation -that’s being an evolutionary hold out.
Of course, this is not to say that everyone can pivot to new ships, careers, and/or opportunities as easily as older and richer players can, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t adapt. The problem, however, is that too many people would rather complain that CCP made a change, than figure out how they might benefit from that change.
Now, I do believe that some players do indeed sometimes get the shaft, and that sometimes people do have legitimate complaints (and I sympathize with casuals and newbros who feel like they had the rug yanked out from under them). However, I’m also of the firm opinion that not having a valid complaint has never stopped a whiner from whining. Doesn’t matter if it fixes balance issues, or is good for the long term health of the the game…
Whiners gonna whine -because that’s how they respond to adversity.
Oh, and I seriously doubt the stockpiles of the people who logged off are anything to worry about. Think about it, do your really think that the overalap between those who built large stockpiles of wealth/production mats/assets, and the people who are logging off because they’re having trouble making ends meet is particularly large? You might be able to argue that their isk/assets are cumulatively large, but I doubt it. Now, to be clear, I’m not saying that thing is good or bad, I’m just saying that thing is - and that thing is that it’s actually a very small segment of the player base that owns most of the stuff and engages in most of the unsustainable economic activity. So, as long as CCP has been able to diminish the stockpiles of the guys who actually have stockpiles worth considering, then they have achieved their goals. Personally, I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt, and assume that they are in a better position to ascertain whether or not they have achieved their goals than the players are. But, I guess we’ll find out.
But don’t forget to at me if I’m proven wrong.