I think the problem is that in today’s eve so much power and control is too centralized between the competition that exists at the top they no longer need to fight one another, there is nothing at stake as there is only loss to be made trying to gain that which is not needed anymore.
Leaving little room for smaller factions to compete over these abandoned territories as doing so just makes them targets in the eyes of larger alliances who only want to look for easy targets in desperate search for new content while avoiding conflicts with their equivalent opponents that comes with too much risk for rewards no longer desired.
They have all they need so why waste the effort or assets to compete over something you don’t need anymore as opposed to hunting prey like the dominant predators they have become. Predators don’t kill each other for survival unless the prey becomes scarce.
Fortunately there are still enough new players to prey upon so survival is assured for the most dominant predators in the game. Unfortunately this means that the overall spirit for challenge and competition is lost on the games most developed players and groups. Leaving all the challenge and desire to gain anything with the same new players who are being preyed upon, giving them everything to gain, the least to lose.
Then you take into account multi-boxing. These new players really don’t stand a chance do they? Adapt or…join or die (or leave)? I think new players will always take the path of least resistance, why should the veterans do the same?
A conundrum for sure.
What could they change about the game to get 16 years of developed competitors to actually compete again? Is this the real problem?
Hard to find an answer without asking more questions.
Personally, when it comes to my experience with PvP in any game, the competitors are always the minority. Most players would rather only choose to play that which they can win, avoiding taking chances where they might lose. Resulting in grief mentality of a majority of veterans constantly hunting new players for sport more than competition between each other at the same level.
I don’t believe Eve is any exception to that standard across PvP in any games, the majority will always choose to play that which is easier for them. It takes extremely rare and exceptional kinds of players who want to compete with one another even if there is even odds they will lose.
Most people are cowards, they always have been they always will be. Some change but the lack of balance between those who desire challenge and those who desire only victory always will be the same.
If you take offense to this it is either because you are a coward or you just don’t understand that it is true. Real players would understand what I am talking about because they know what it means to look for challenge and competition in a game, it means taking risks, accepting losses and only winning because of much struggle and effort.
Anything less would not satisfy them, to these kinds of players even losing a hard fight would be better than winning an easy one.