Let’s talk about local chat.
In EVE there are many intelligence tools, many ways to see incoming danger. We have D-scan, combat probes, our overview, friends and corporation members… but none of them are as powerful as local chat.
See a hostile name appear? Dock up and you will be 100% safe.
Local chat has been controversial. It’s the only intel tool that is completely uncounterable, as all the other intel tools can either be fooled or played around by using ships specifically designed to not show up on D-scan, on the overview or with combat probes.
Local chat also is part of the identity of parts of space: wormhole space and triglavian space are spooky because the only people showing up in local chat are the players who chat in local. Null, low and high sec would be completely different if the local chat there worked the same as in wormholes, as we have seen in the blackout.
I do believe local chat is simply way too reliable and uncounterable as intel tool. On the other hand, I don’t think another blackout is a good option either.
What do you think CCP could do to make local chat:
- less reliable,
- and/or counterable,
- while keeping the identity of high/low/null sec space with faces in local chat?
Or do you disagree that local chat is too reliable and uncounterable as intel tool? Discuss!