In economics we call this phenomena rent seeking. That is where you use the political process to secure economic benefits that you did not earn. In this case replace the “political process” with CCP, and replace “economic benefits” with changes to the rules that benefit a particular style of play.
I have been a long time forum warrior, watcher and participant and I am struck by the similarity to behavior of some on the forums with RL analogs in terms of rent seeking.
“Nerf that guy’s Content!”
Translates IRL to:
“Limit that guy’s ability to compete with me…make him get a license, pass inspections, meet various environmental requirements that I have been grandfathered on.”
Basically the same thing, IMO.
Again, I agree. I don’t think CCP planned any of this. I don’t think they anticipated local being an intel tool. I don’t think they anticipated AFK cloaking. But in the end I think they are to some degree content with the status quo of AFK cloaking and local. It may not be optimal, but it works more or less.
That being said, I also think CCP is looking to revamp this area of the game with the Observatory Array. In my more egotistical moments I like to think there is a Dev or two that periodically checks in on these threads and see what we are all nattering on about to see if something interesting has risen to the top of the nonsense.
And again I agree…which is not shocking as this is a post by @Black_Pedro. My view is that the current situation is sub-optimal, but balanced. Could it be better? Sure. Could the Observatory array make things better, I sure hope so, but it will not do so by simply nerfing cloaks and leaving local un-touched.
That Max does not see any nerfs here is indicative of his view of the game. He does not really know what a nerf is. All of his suggestions are nerfs to cloaks despite the fact that people use cloaking ships for more than AFK cloaking.
His attempt to divert the discussion, such as it is, away from AFK cloaking to cloaking in general highlights his overall view of the game, that of a carebear–i.e. somebody who wants to farm while being insulated from interacting with those who do not want to enhance his game play based on his view of the game.
His view of the game is, IMO, stunted. He does not see this as a sandbox where players can interact cooperatively or non-cooperatively. He is fine with the former, but the latter is anathema to him and his kind. Contrast that to the non-carebear attitude where all interaction is accepted as legitimate. The counter example to Max is @Jonah_Gravenstein who does “PvE” but is fine with the sandbox nature of the game and takes it as a challenge when people want to interact with him in a “negative manner”.
I know Max will likely post a protest response, but it will be a hollow one. If he were sincere that he is not a carebear he’d be fine with some discussion of the Observatory Array and removing local, and chainging how cloaks work. But he isn’t and never has been comfortable with that discussion. His protest response will be nothing more than a pretense.