Ever since the dawn of time (around 2003), EVE players have had a definite superiority complex over players of other MMOs, especially World of Warcraft. After all, EVE and WoW are polar opposites in every possible regard. The big sandbox versus the big theme park, the hardcore space sim versus the casual fantasy quest, the worst-in-industry tutorials versus the easiest MMO to learn and play. Night and day, fire and ice.
EVE players stereotype WoW players as risk averse, PvP shy, and extremely focused up on “gearing up their ship”. Whenever an officer fitted mission ship goes down, the first comments are inevitably some variant of “Nice purpz”, or “Epic fit” or “Go back to WoW”. That was no different for this Raven Navy issue.
TMC has done so many officer fit mission ship ALOD’s that analyzing them has become routine. Instead of wasting words on an analysis, here’s the ALOD bingo and the EFT screenshot.
Sometimes, we see just how painfully correct stereotypes can be
TMC > hello!
Jimblidge > hello
TMC > Jimblidge? I'm a reporter from http://themittani.com/
TMC > a news website for EVE online
TMC > and we found your recent lossmail https://zkillboard.com/detail/37258120/
TMC > are you willing to chat a bit about it?
Jimblidge > yes, what are you doing here?
TMC > I’m a reporter
TMC > I write about things that happen in EVE online
TMC > and well, this was "a thing"
TMC > you are a relatively new character, losing an extremely expensive ship
TMC > our curiosity kicked in
Jimblidge > What kind of curiosity?
TMC > well, what were you thinking?
TMC > were you aware of the mechanics behind a suicide ganking
TMC > normally, new players don't have 1/100th of the isk needed to make your raven fit
TMC > were you confused by any of what happened? if so, I can explain
Jimblidge > I have np I buy plexes, I’m a lawyer and I’m 40 years old, so, I can make another one, but....if I loose my patience, I have the possibility to find, in real life, the guys that are creating me trouble, so I can create them different troubles, this is my promise
TMC > was there a reason to fit the ship so expensively?
Jimblidge > I've fitted my ship so, because I liked so, nobody can take me this pleasure, or................
TMC > or what?
Jimblidge > or I’ll find them.
TMC > well, I mean, EVE is an anonymous game
TMC > the only people who can be tracked down with a real life identity are members of the Council of Stellar Management
Jimblidge > -)))) not for me. I'm a lawyer, and I have many resources.
TMC > well I’ll take you up on that. But "doxxing", or going after people in the real world for EVE-injuries, is very frowned upon by the community
TMC > in EVE's EULA, it forbids you from taking real life actions for actions conducted in-game
TMC > doing so results in a permanent ban of all accounts and characters
Jimblidge > It's your imagination, i've told nothing exactly.
TMC > well that actually puts me in a bind, because the article I want to publish
TMC > well I can leave out the part where you say you want to go after people IRL
TMC > because if that gets published, your character will be harassed by everyone in EVE
Jimblidge > me? Not the gankers that wait for quiet players? My wife is a journalist, a good, professional journalist, not you.
TMC > so, you are saying, the community should be more displeased with gankers than with you
Jimblidge > Don't you think so?
TMC > well, honestly, no
Jimblidge > Are you justifying their actions?
TMC > EVE online is a game with a unique culture
Jimblidge > Misculture.
TMC > in EVE, it's socially acceptable for people to "gank" ships that are poorly or too expensively fit
TMC > the community sees it as another form of income
Jimblidge > This is only envy.
TMC > whether you disagree with it or not, it's the culture of the game
TMC > well [gankers] profit from ganking
TMC > In your case, they used a billion isk in ships, and picked up 17 billion in loot
TMC > may I ask, did you play MMO's before EVE online? And if so which one?
Jimblidge > I come from WOW, that is a well-balanced game, not this.
Jimblidge > In WOW I choose my enemy, here no.
TMC > Well, EVE players have stereotypes about players that come to EVE from WOW
TMC > the stereotype is that they focus on getting the best possible equipment, without spending time to learn all the game mechanics.
TMC > Losing modules after death in EVE generally makes getting the "best" modules not very efficient, and players focus on getting the most bang for their buck
Jimblidge > Maybe you haven't understood something. I have a job, I’m here to enjoy me, I have not much time, so I buy what I like, if you are envy, or other, it's not my problem.
TMC > I am not envious
TMC > well, kind of, seeing as I am a college student
Jimblidge > I'm speaking in general way.
TMC > well, are you going to continue doing what you have been doing? Using expensive ships.
Jimblidge > I've made the same ship as before. Last time, then i'll come back to WOW, where I can find people a bit more intelligence.
TMC > well i'm sorry to hear that you'll be leaving EVE
Jimblidge > I'm a criminal lawyer, I see violence every day, I must be crazy, if I enjoy me in a game where violence against other humans, is the right.
Jimblidge > When CCP make a rule to engage, in which I can choose if fight or not, i'll come back.
TMC > At its heart, EVE is a game about competing with other players
TMC > and this is its most famous reputation
TMC > why did you choose to pick up EVE despite its reputation?
Jimblidge > I didn't know how it was.
TMC > understood
TMC > well, I wish you enjoy what time you have left in EVE
TMC > and have fun in a game that suits you better
Jimblidge > I like correct persons, as I am.
Jimblidge > As you are, I hope.
TMC > I hope so too
TMC > have a good day sir
Jimblidge > thanks, you too.
Jimblidge came into EVE from WoW with blissfully little knowledge that he had stepped out of the kiddie pool and jumped into a tank full of sharks with no life vest. He immediately spent the equivalent of $1300 on PLEX to buy himself the best possible mission ship and the best possible equipment. Inevitably, he was ganked, and blamed EVE in all the ways that people could have hoped for.
He even changed his bio to reflect his philosophy.
IF YOU WANT TO SHOOT ME, DO IT. I'LL DEFEND ME, BUT MY PHILOSOPHY IS A BIT DIFFERENT.
I LIKE: HUMAN INTELLIGENCE VS AI
I HATE: HUMAN VS HUMAN.
THE ARE TOO MUCH VIOLENCE IN THE REAL LIFE JET, TO LOOK FOR IT IN A GAME TOO. IT'S ONLY A GAME AND A GAME MUST BE REMAIN.
MAYBE YOU AR THINKING THAT I'M A DREAMER, MAYBE YES, BUT I CAN'T FIND ENJOY IN A DEATH, ALTHOUGH IT IS A GAME DEATH, BEHIND A KEYBOARD THERE IS EVER A MAN OR WOMAN.
THIS IS MY THOUGHT, NEXT DECISION IS YOURS.
That was that. A WoW player jumped head first into EVE and came away with a bloody nose. Unwilling to adapt, the WoW player slinked back into the warm embraces of the theme park. Or that’s what would have happened had a Goonswarm recruitment officer not noticed his plight.