One of the things I hate the most about EVE is the non-spaceship drama. I usually avoid it like the plague, but sometimes it can be hard when there’s an extreme lack of anything else going on to write about.
I admit, I greatly regret writing my last post regarding the E1 incident. Not because I regret having the opinions that I do, but because it predictably left a sour taste in my mouth. Before I knew it, people were disagreeing with opinions that I didn’t even know I had expressed, and labeling me for ideas I didn’t know that I had.
Sometimes, it’s better to stay out of things entirely, and this is a case I really wish I had.
It has gotten me to pondering a few things though.
In EVE, we’re all about the sandbox. And, a lot of people seem proud of the fact that EVE’s variety of sandbox includes facilitating, and even encouraging players to knock down each other’s sand castles.
I know that for me, if someone were to knock down my sand castle enough times, I’d simply stop building more. And lately, with the focus of game mechanics seeming to often focus on destruction and new ways to take or burn down other people’s stuff, I often wonder if we aren’t going to eventually reach a situation where we have nothing left to destroy.
It’s an odd thing to wonder I guess, and I haven’t decided whether I actually think we run that risk or not.
I also wonder if we don’t use the words “emergent gameplay” and “sandbox” too much. It seems like an entire discussion about whether something is really good for the game or not is entirely squelched as soon as someone pipes up with “it’s doesn’t matter. It’s a sandbox so it needs to be allowed.”
I wonder what people would do if I claimed that stabbed, tech 1 frigate plex farming was emergent gameplay and part of the sandbox. (giggle)
And thirdly, I wonder if we haven’t digressed as a community a bit. I mean, this last blowup was pretty bad. Are we so bored of internet spaceships that this is what we need to entertain ourselves in EVE now? A massive scandal that ends in the entire community splitting hairs and dissecting each others words and throwing around insults and blame? And then, when we can go no further with that, arguing about the importance of the arguments? And then arguing over the motives of the people who are trying to argue about the validity of the arguments. And then arguing about what we should or should not be arguing about? And then arguing over what the original or ‘main’ argument was supposed to be about? (lol!)
It makes my head hurt.
But then again, this is EVE, right? The social game that is player driven.
I guess most of us know deep down that it was never really meant to be about the spaceships to begin with.