For the love of Barstorlode and his paperwork, please don’t let 'sen see this thread! 'sen will report each and every one of you to ISD for various rule infractions (trolling, harassment, etc). Just look at what has happened since the mass-scale reporting has begun! The player population diagram from EVE-Offline.net speaks for itself!
On a serious note: I could be wrong, but I think I’ve read that CCP could disable Hypernet for you if you ask them to via ticket… which is kind of… weird? I also remember seeing someone a non-shitpost thread about Hypernet and gambling addiction (supposedly someone they knew) and how it could pose legal issues for CCP (wasn’t a threat, just a statement of fact making reference to similar cases)… that thread made some good points.
Hypernet is the kind of thing that doesn’t particularly enhance the game, and like gambling in general it results in a net loss, and not in the sense that engaging in PVP results in a net loss because at least that’s actual gameplay. In EVE, a lot of people do stupid things and get scammed all the time, which is fine because that’s part of the EVE experience, except now we’re bringing in a psychologically addictive element that transcends stupidity, where even those who are smart and intelligent and fully conscientious of the probabilistic payouts will succumb to a psychologically irresistible temptation that need not exist to begin with. I don’t think Hypernet scams specifically are a problem, I think Hypernet itself as a whole by its very nature is a problem. EVE would be better off without it, honestly. There might be ways to substantially improve it to make it less problematic… I can think of a few off the top of my head… but like I said, probably better off without it.
Scoots man, you’re one of the smartest people on here and one of the ones I personally respect the most. YOU know even the smartest people can suffer from life-ruining addiction, so why are you treating this like it’s a joking matter? I’m not talking about OP specifically - I’m not inclined to believe OP falls into that category - but in general.
I would agree with the sentiment in general if this were along the lines of someone saying suicide ganking should be banned, except that the feature is a legitimate psychological detriment that simultaneously fails to significantly or meaningfully enhance the game.
There’s nothing dictatorial about regulating addictive mediums that have no significant positive benefits - gambling in general falls into this category (certainly the current HyperNet implementation does). There’s nothing dictatorial about CCP deciding to discontinue providing an addictive medium either. There are legitimate grounds for players to band together and say that this was a bad move on CCP’s part and ask for them to remove it.
You want to talk about dictatorships? Freedom requires not succumbing to addiction, and not succumbing to addiction requires keeping detrimental addictive mediums away from the people. Otherwise the addiction exerts control over and inhibits your freedoms. Guess who benefits - unethically (though 100% unintentionally, I’m sure) - if a player gets addicted to Hypernet? The analogy to government in this case is CCP. All CCP has to do is substantially redo or - preferably - remove Hypernet from the game. If it never did much to enhance to the game to begin with, we won’t particularly miss it much on the way out.