Have you ever experienced the bullying baby in the sandbox? The kid who seems to struggle with some inner maturity issue, low self-esteem or neglient parents, and therefore tramples down all other sand castles for no justified reason whatsoever. When you wonder why he did that he just says he felt like doing it. Yes, just feeling like things might work in a kindergarten, but it will not benefit you in the long run on EVE. You need to become an intelligent player!
In comparable terms, you may have lost a couple of ships to a Troglodyte that just felt like it. Compulsively he had to shoot you that day. He wasn’t responsible for his actions. I know you are many out there that are tired of this. They have the right they think, because they have the power. You’ve been a week on EVE, they’ve been playing for years. They didn’t gain much from it. They didn’t earn it. They just felt like killing you, you see. I am not impressed by their power - I want to talk about their shame!
I’ve heard from both sides now:
One side says that a kill is a kill and that it is not meant to be taken personally. There is no moral system, everything is allowed in the sandbox, it’s not up to them. A bunch of oversized players have already decided that intelligence is out of the question. That side claims to have a self-imposed right to decide what they feel like doing and when they feel like doing it at the expense of everyone else - without anyone else wanting it or having given their consent.
“If I feel like shooting you that is what I will do, it doesn’t matter if it’s completely pointless, if it’s detrimental, I will tramp your castle down.”
The other side says a kill is not just a kill, especially not if a new player is involved. There is always a person, a player, behind the capsule and if your negligence, maybe one could even call it stupidity, goes out of the roof to destroy and bully others without any real purpose you are probably more responsible and part of the problem than you realize. Yes, whether you realize it or not.
“Most of the time you will probably not understand it, because you are a player who thinks that shooting innocents is a power that can be exercised online. But it isn’t power. It is bullying.”
Yes, there is a Troglodyte problem on EVE! In dialogue with a well-known pirate faction I was told that the reason why an attack on a completely unprotected beginner corp’s citadel was considered justified was that it served as a blind everyday pleasure to train ‘the boys’ on such harmless targets. They didn’t need for it to happen, they just did it ‘for fun’. But now when they’ve started, they also need to finish it. They don’t have it in them to say no to themselves. That was what I was told.
The same pirates, on the other hand, were extremely offended by the fact that the corp leader in question, presumably ‘for fun’ as well, had sent out several diplomatic messages on EVE where the attack was condemned and called an embarrassing and coward act! Why did the corp leader do that, they all wondered. They had not calculated with that! So, let me get this straight: First you attack a player that can’t defend themself and now you are offended and victimized because that player calls you a capsuloser. But what did you expect? No resistance? Grow up! Stop whining! The humble reflections of a female player.
It is sometimes interesting to study the psychology of the trampling baby. The reasoning of these Troglodytes - which is of course not a good reasoning in its rightful understanding - is not very flattering because it reminds me of the psychology of most rape cases. The guy finds something unprotected he wants. Being a guy he has no objective ability to be reasonable, he is apparently like a slave under his impulses, he just acts as his impulse dictates. Telling him to back off won’t help, indeed he saw you in the beginning, but trying to reason with him now won’t make him go away, he’s made that clear. That is just how the game works he says. All you can do is watch it happen. ’I left it for the other boys to practise at’, imagine him saying that, has some scary connotation when seen in the light of the structure of what that argument really means. A kill is a kill, you see. And if you ask him to take responsibility for his actions he says he just felt like doing it, exactly as that trampling baby at the playground.
And this is all happening on EVE right now.
I refuse to think that you predominantly male gamers and capsuleers on EVE are like this! But I am indeed wondering where these unhealthy structures begin. There are other ways to play the game than simply being a jerk you know. Find a strategy to leave the new players alone, kill them when they can match you, that is much more honorable. And to all of you other guys that perhaps are not approving of this Troglodyte agenda; when your ‘boys’ are suggesting a thing like this, then have the courage to say no - or take it upon yourself to correct them! Will boys always be boys? I don’t know. Isn’t it time for you to become men - even on EVE?