What exactly is the point of NPC miners anyway?
As a simulated entity, the ore really goes nowhere. They don’t have to worry about ISK, pay attention to local or dscan, they do (like a few of us) not have a real life and just play EVE 24/7 without sleeping, ever, and seem to have lots of “friends” by default for some reason.
What’s next? NPC roaming lowsec doing PvP for us, ganking in hisec, doing market PvP in Jita and other tradehubs, running missions, maybe create their own alliance and claim sov in nullse… OMG SKYNET!?
I saw the EVE Vegas presentations, and when it came to advancements in AI for EVE, they were really proud of it, also mentioning that they got NPC to mine. This is why I think it was some idea, that wasn’t really thought through in terms of game balancing, but rather a motivation to do something cool.
But it isn’t cool. In a game world that is mostly put in the hands of the players, the NPC miners make a new, and quite disproportionate impact on the game world.
Worse yet, they do it in a “cheating” sense of way, I think. Retrievers “unloading” directly into an Iteron V? Oh right, they’re NPC and do it in the code instead of actually having to use proper ways, like players need to. That makes it even more ■■■■■■■■.
And since I now see that it’s been brought up months ago, and nothing seems to have changed, the message seems clear on that front.
“We did this. But it’s not our problem.”