The world of EVE Online players is dazzling and spectacular. But what about those who live in the shadows and fly their ways in the EVE universe with little notice – either intentionally or unintentionally. Which player groups are we ignoring and why is this part of the EVE meta?
Who is responsible? Who cares about the cast-offs and petty criminals that no one actually wants anything to do with because their behaviour is so unpredictable and toxic that it is damaging to the game at the first glance.
“Mos Eisley Spaceport, you’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villany. We must be cautious.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi is right as he prepares young Luke Skywalker for his visit to the Mos Eisley spaceport. No sooner do the two heroes arrive there with their droids than they are not only frisked by space Nazis, but also racially insulted, threatened with death and involved in a shootout.
In this whole scene we learn what Obi-Wan means by the most pathetic scum. Strangers, criminals and other “scum” hang out in the dark bar. And Han Solo and Chewbacca.
Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned from this that we can also apply in EVE. Namely, that every now and then you should go among those you normally avoid and don’t want to have anything to do with.
When I imagine the society in New Eden, I see exactly the same characters. There’s a bounty hunter called Greedo (name checks out!) who has a loose finger on the trigger and ganks anything that doesn’t dock fast enough. There’s the guy who flails around with his killmarks that he’s doomed to die in 12 star systems. Han Solo, the upright guy who chaotically neutrally uses every opportunity to get ISK, even if that means using one or two incorrectly programmed game mechanics under CCP’s nose. Morally, no one in New Eden is obliged to behave in any particular way. I have written about this before. Also my own attempts to build up a kind of moral compass in EVE have been…let’s say…not successful. EVE Online is simply too dynamic and too emotional.
The liars and cheaters in EVE Online are numerous and I’m sure I have a skeleton or two in my backyard that you don’t know about. Maybe I’m just writing this sentence to serve a certain narrative? Who knows!
And that’s what EVE is all about. The worst gangsters in EVE depend on the stories that are told about them.TheMittani, RHP, Charadrass. CODE….these are all names you don’t really want to spend time together with in the same star system – at least I don’t. But all these names mean absolutely nothing to another player, newbie or a non-EVE player.
There are individual stories associated with the names, logos or systems. So those we consider outsiders and shun actually become the kit of the EVE Online community. Everyone has an opinion on the dreaded space sociopath TheMittani and everyone laughs at the definitely-not-system-rent-paying-alliance RHP.
The pathetic scum of New Eden provide us with something to talk about, a common topic to get excited about, bitch about and talk about – they’re part of every capsuleer’s identity.
Which groups of players do you avoid? Do you have moral standards by which you judge your fellow players and playstyle? Which crookedness in EVE should definitely be uncovered and how does the alliance RHP actually pay the rent for their systems?
I look forward to your ideas and answers in the comments! As always, there are skins to be won!