Before you berate me, please at least hear me out and give me chance to make my point.
First I must disclaim I have some bias against kill mails, I have argued for the removal or anonymization of this feature in the past.
But I would like to expand this topic in this thread giving some scientific proof and argue that killmails in the current shape is an existential threat against the game.
Here is my thesis, “If we give the players (victims) a chance to hide their loses they will be willing to take more risks”
But Is just me (Do I need therapy) or does any evidence exists that links anonymity with risky behavior?
Turns out there might
- D’Agata, M.T., and Kwantes, P.J. (2020) Personality Factors Predicting Disinhibited and Risky Online Behaviors. Journal of Individual Differences 2020 41:4, 199-206 https://doi.org/10.1027/1614-0001/a000321
This is the abstract for this paper (it is very short I but very good)
The current study examined how individual differences relate to one’s tendency to feel disinhibited in the online space. We conducted an online study for which we developed two short measures to assess online disinhibition and risky online behaviors. Specifically, we examined the relationship between feelings of anonymity and invisibility in the online environment and personality. Moreover, we hypothesized that feelings of disinhibition in the online realm would be strongly related to engaging in risky behaviors.
And the result concludes
As expected, online disinhibition was positively related to risky online behaviors.
There is also an article in psychologicalscience.org
You can read the whole article here
But here is the interesting part
“Social modeling” was shown to have a large effect on their behavior. Anonymous participants responded more aggressively when they witnessed examples of aggression, and less so when they did not.
But is this a cherry pick study ? Am I falling to confirmation BIAS ?
There is more evidence a LOT
- Mathes, E.W. and Guest, T.A. (1976) Anonymity and Group Antisocial Behavior, The Journal of Social Psychology, 100:2, 257-262, https://doi.org/10.1080/00224545.1976.9711936
- Ellison-Potter, P., Bell, P. and Deffenbacher, J. (2001), The Effects of Trait Driving Anger, Anonymity, and Aggressive Stimuli on Aggressive Driving Behavior. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 31: 431-443. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1559-1816.2001.tb00204.x
So all these studies conclude that anonymity is a factor that lead to people take more risk and anti-social behaviors.
Now back to EVE ,
You may argue that Eve player is already anonymous, Yes but Eve is the type of game where your main character because almost a part of your persona
Is it fair for the Executor?
I would argue the executor can have the kill mails but without the victim name or coorp.
If we give the player the ability to fail anonymously could improve the risk-taking in this game. Think this way. For people that can’t dance (like me) would you be more willing to try dance in a room full of people where everyone can laugh at you if you had a mask or not?
I may be overstretching but don’t underestimate psychology, especially in Eve-online.