Losing Pixels Like a ManBlackhuey
The AUTZ community learned something in this regard about one of its spaceship celebrities last week, and something else about e-fandom. There’s nothing particularly outrageous about the killmail, and I shan’t be mocking anyone ALOD-style, but the story suits the topic perfectly, and who doesn’t love a little bit of light drama amirite TEST? I kid. Freighter ganked by Miniluv & CODE in The Citadel. Not newsworthy. But the pilot was nGR RDNx, organiser of Eve Down Under (the Australian Fanfest) and a relatively high profile individual in the antipodes as host of the weekly Eve show on Net Game Radio. Celebrity down? I’m listening. He was also, coincidentally, hauling T1 cruisers to a staging system for the traditional Eve Down Under 1v1 PVP tournament. The plot thickens. And finally, the gank was completed one server tick before downtime, making it heart-stopping for all concerned. You can read the AARs from both Code and RDNx’s perspective on the Eve Down Under blog, suffice to say that there were long-form GFs all around. RDNx solidified his reputation as one of the good guys who gets Eve, and gained much in the way of respect from Miniluv and CODE, which he returned. Where it gets a little sordid is not in the reaction of the combatants, but in the brickbats thrown from the peanut gallery. As we’ve seen in other high profile cases, those who get the most offended are often the white knights on the sideline; horrified that something or someone they hold dear has been brutally violated ingame even while their unwilling damsel-in-distress has moved on and is baffled by the fuss.
“Glad to see RDNx can see the fun side in this. I just wish everyone else could also.” – Facebook commentNo names, no pack drill. My intent is not to get anyone banned or turn the situation into something bigger than it was; but to illustrate the point of the article, you might want to ask yourself if the following are the reactions of people who are ready for an MMO like Eve: “Out of all the people to gank, you gank RDN.” “You are really a shit person.” “Wonder if anyone will have the balls to be from CODE at EDU. Punch their feking lights out man.” Those who engage in non consensual PVP in highsec see this with monotonous regularity. It’s easily recognised for the nutless bluster that it is, usually brushed off, and it’s rare (but not unheard of) that a credible RL threat is made or followed up. In many PVP corps, a reaction like this will get you tossed out; as much for revealing that you are a whiny shitlord as for any principled stand against threatening language. Sadly though, these qualities seem to thrive in highsec and in some channels are even celebrated. It’s easy to forget as Eve players that we are mixing with people from all walks of life, from all over the world, and from a large age and maturity range. They play Eve for different reasons and look for different things out of their game time. But it’s unarguable that they are playing the same game, and that ship loss is possible in the game anywhere by design. Remember this next time you feel like raging. Pick a side, create content, be a suicide ganker or an antiganker, or that guy who whores on Concord and salvages 20 Catalysts every 15 minutes. But keep the perspective that you are playing a competitive PVP MMO, and the aim of the game is ultimately to outwit, outplay and/or space-murder other pilots. Be excellent to each other, win or lose. Interviews with RDNx and loyalnon follow. The responses have been minimally edited for grammar and structure only.