People, it’s time for a common sense check.
For the first time in a few days I checked the dev posts on the forums . I was greeted by three recently Falcon-closed threads about chat bubbles. The sheer bitterness and rage in those threads alarmed me enough to log in and see for myself this horrible new “feature,” worried that CCP might have done something of delete boot.ini magnitude.
I gotta say I’m kind of disappointed in the folks who are raging. Of all the things to lose your mind and biomass over, this change is an… odd choice. It’s a minor change that makes it easier to do the thing I’m most likely to try and do when I click on another player’s name. It cuts out a slightly laggy menu and saves a click.
After playing 9 years I think I can call myself a bittervet. So as one bittervet to another I’m asking all my fellow old space-salts to save your rage for things that deserve it. Because they actually engage with the community the devs have all kinds of rage directed at them from all kinds of places. Over time excessive rage tends to blur together into background noise. Players losing their ■■■■ over something like chat bubbles and making arguments that boil down to “keep the interface un-intuitive because Eve should be hard to play” only makes us all look absurd.
Remember, we rely on Eve for fun (except miners). Devs rely on it to pay the rent. They don’t want the game to fail any more than a player like me, who met some great friends on Eve and still gets goosebumps when D-Scan shows somebody about to land in my bubble. The game has its problems and I think players often have essential information on how to fix those issues. The last thing we need to do is numb our audience, the people who would actually implements the changes we propose, to anything we might contribute by flipping out over things with minimal impact. Please, save it for the next walking in stations.