It is hard to get behind the condemnation of stabbed freaks as anti-PVP, when compared to the majority of FW heroes who only ever enter a plex with overwhelming superiority.
Why is blob ganking “elite pvp”, whereas using warp stabs is not? Both are cowardly, against the spirit of honourable combat. Both are lawful under the rules.
Our corp stopped FW because it was taking WAY too long to find fights. Assuming we could get into systems without getting blobbed by camps, we inevitably found that only blobs wanted to engage us. Likewise, solo pilots would flee our “blob” of 3 pilots, and they would have been stupid not to.
Eve Online is a blob game where the rules are geared directly, and very deliberately, against honourable conduct in battle. That is a simple fact, and not a pejorative accusation.
There are strong arguments to suggest that this is both realistic and desirable. Who wants to treat combat violence as a kind of noble undertaking? Isn’t that ethically wrong?
Clearly it is, which is why Alliance Tournament is so BAD. So evil and wrongheaded.
And so popular, of course.
Alliance Tournament is the smoking gun that shows anyone who is interested why Eve Online is not a space combat “game”. Look at the rules. Seriously.
Alliance is interesting and popular because… wait for it… “Fleets of moderate size and fairly matched power.”
Without this basic rule, there is no tournament. There are no spectators. There is no interest.
I tuned in to watch a bjorn bee twice roam a few days back and it very nearly caused me to unsubscribe. It was a travesty. Bjorn fit a shield Myrm. Then he proceeded to move from the place where it is easy to fit (market hub) to the place where it possible to find 1v1 fights (null). On the way he was gate camped. Outnumbered 20 to 1, at least he could take down a few pirates first, right? Wrong, because ECM. So everyone watched as he died without shooting back.
It is worth thinking about the ECM mechanic when used by blobs. It allows you to outnumber a person and even prevent them hitting back. Has there ever been a lower grade game mechanic in the history of mankind? Has there ever been a less honourable way of doing things in war gaming?
Think about it. The point is not to create a fun war game. The only point is to mock those who enjoy combat games, and to show them the very worst of human standards. Clearly, the senior staff at CCP have always enjoyed mocking those customers who claim to enjoy wart gaming. Otherwise, ECM would never have been invented, let alone allowed to evolve into what it is now.
Anyway, poor Bjorn Bee asked everyone to not discuss the ECM cancer because he is trying to make an entertaining content stream, and the predictable ECM is Cancer discussion is not new, not interesting, and not funny.
So then he got in another ship, same fit, and went looking for good fights. Same thing happened. Blob, camp, ECM. Utterly pathetic to watch.
So then he finally managed to stage a dual with someone he knew, and that was halfway interesting before he had to warp off because… see if you can guess?
A blob arrived, with ECM.
If Bjorn knows what is good for him, he will use his considerable intelligence and charm to make streams about PUB, or any other game where watching the mechanics in action is not futile and boring as hell. If he keeps on with Eve, he’s done as a content creator on the inter webs. You cannot polish a turd.
Anyway, this post is not intended to criticise Eve, merely to clarify what it is, and what it isn’t. it isn’t a space combat game. That is Alliance Tournament.
Eve Online is something else entirely.