From: Haruko Kitsune
Sent: 2014.02.12 09:36
To: Longinius Spear
recent folly, and your subsequent recollection on your blog, was
debilitating, enlightening, and just downright hilarious. The breakdown
of the incident which you have publicised was very informative and I
appreciate it, although it is unfortunate that you would mock me and
insinuate about my temperment thereafter. Just like eveyone else who
starts off at something new - I am a noob, I have much to learn and have
made many mistakes along the way. I was surprised to lose my stuff and
to be betrayed in such a way but I dont believe I overreacted, I'm
certainly not upset. I understand your desire for power and the thrill
of the hunt, but I deserve no disrespect.
I'm afraid I must
disagree with your closing assertation. EVE is just like any other MMO -
There is appeal (and certainly something your ego likes) in being the
bigger fish, but trying to actually have fun by making other people's
experiences more fun takes strength. Also, this "eat or be eaten"
paradigm is fallacious and a rather bland, infantile ideal. You and I
both know it is more colorful than that, dont we? :] Life is the same
way I guess. Certainly it is always easier to take than to give. It is a
shame that the heart of such a formidable team as yours should be
focused on the humiliation of others. It is what it is though, no doubt.
I have learned two things from this experience:
1. I will continue to help others no matter what to try to foster respect and friendship.
2. Smoking weed and playing EVE is not the most intelligent combination for a noob.
1st I’m sorry for any kind of disrespect you perceived. I’m not the best
writer, I’m just a part time story teller and my editorial skills are
I want to clarify something for you though.
You’re statement “EVE is just like any other MMO”.
This is something many new people come into the game with. This perception that there is a right or a wrong way to play EVE.
is a sandbox. If you aren’t sure what a sandbox game is, try Mine
Craft. Your experience is entirely defined by your actions within the
virtual constraints of the game.
Example 1- If you are sitting in
one system of the game and never leave that system for years, no one
can possibly say you are playing the game ‘wrong’. Perhaps to you, and
your goal set this is exactly where the game should go. The EVE
experience is entirely personal perception bound. Sure there are
different activities you can engage in, but even if you didn’t engage in
them, that wouldn’t mean you are “losing” at the game. You simply
haven’t ‘dug’ in that end of the sandbox yet.
Example 2- There
are many people in this game who play to watch the little number on
their wallet menu, rise and fall. That is their game. They play the game
to watch some fake little space money number go up and down. Some
activities represent a greater value, some mistakes represent a smaller
value. That’s their entire game. This is the section of the sandbox they
choose to dig in.
My game is hunting my fellow player.
Outwitting them, with a clear finality of their space ship being
destroyed at the end. You may call it opposite of what you do, which may
be helping people. But that’s your game, not mine. That’s the sandbox.
We are both free to follow each other’s ideals of winning.
so unlike other MMO’s in a way that there is no endgame. There is no
final player level. There is no ultimate loot or monetary value to
obtain. The things you feel you are winning at, are only winning at them
because your personal perception of them has value.
EVE is so
much more than any other MMO, because you can create your own moral
constraints outside of the reproductions of real life. I can hunt and
murder my fellow players in the game only to pull over for another
stranded motorist in real life. The two do not reflect each other. They
don’t need to because in both life and EVE, each are bound to a
different set of sandbox moral directives.
Don’t confuse real
life and EVE. Because I choose to do mayhem and evil in game, doesn’t
mean I have a Freudian lust for my mother in real life. (joke)
I’m going to leave this final thought with you.
when you say something like “90% of the people you come across are
Toxic assholes", you may want to hold your fellow EVE player to a
different social standard.
My father once said. “If you met one
asshole a week, you can say you met an asshole.””But, if you meet
nothing but assholes all week””Odds are, You’re the asshole”.
--- Fly safe.