[To anyone with anything negative to say, please do so elsewhere. There are thousands of threads for you to choose from.]
I wanted to take this opportunity to pass along a heart-felt “thank you” and “happy holidays” to all of the folks at CCP.
Not just those who work on Eve directly, but to ALL of those behind-the-scenes souls that keep your company moving along and keep things from falling apart. (HR, accountants, PR, community managers, executives, sysadmins, networking folks, helpdesk, GMs, and all of the other departments and roles I don’t have the room to call out.)
It’s an unfortunate trend in our civilization, at present, that the happy stay silent and the discontented make the noise.
You all have to deal with a lot of noise.
I’ve made a couple of forum posts recently that were an attempt to provide critical real-time feedback. Instead, they ended up opening the floodgates for (the typical) negative commentary and nit-picking.
So it is important for me to step back and acknowledge the amazing and awe-inspiring universe you have collectively managed to create and build upon over the past 16 years.
I bet it’s something that neither you nor any of us could have fully predicted.
If Eve is a “sandbox” game, it sure is the Taj Mahal of sandboxes. Like people themselves, Eve’s flaws and quirks give it character. And like all good parents, CCP is constantly working to mitigate the effects of the more impactful flaws of their baby (creation), while striving to nurture and improve the overall being.
Most importantly, I truly believe that CCP does care deeply about the community and its players. I want to acknowledge that, here and now.
Honestly, I know the player base “cares back”. Look at how much was raised on behalf of the families of those employees CCP tragically lost in the past year+.
It’s easy to forget that, across the thousands of miles of wires and trans-oceanic fiber links, behind the blog posts and forum announcements, there are real human beings trying to place value in the world through the creation that is Eve. They are real people with families, frustrations, in-laws, mortgages, stress, and the inevitable loss that comes along with being a sentient person on this blue rock of ours called Earth.
On behalf of your player-base and community, to all the families at CCP, I say “Thank you for your tireless efforts, happy holidays, and please stay safe.”