A few nights ago I logged onto EVE, hopped onto vent as per usual with my corpies and other random Amarr Militia pilots that fly with us and heard “Uh oh, Shalee’s here…” as soon as I joined the channel.
Not the usual rounds of “Shaleeeeeeee.”
My interest piqued, I warily asked, “What are you guys up to…”
A chorus of “Uh’s…” and “Um’s….” resounded followed by me saying, “Go ahead and tell me.” Obviously this wasn’t going to be good news.
“We uh, might have killed some miners in Jel.” Jel being a high-sec system one jump from where we are basing out of now.
“You did WHAT?”
“They are evil Gallente miners, Shalee. We were only helping the Empire!” Trying to appease me through roleplay motivations, apparently, since I’m a roleplayer.
“So you’re telling me that y’all killed a miner?”
“Uh…more than one?” a sheepish voice.
“What…really? REALLY? You killed miners. In High Sec. That’s like…kicking puppies, there’s no skill in killing High Sec miners, it’s just mean. It’s like those fat kids who pound on the skinny little kids, just because they can.” And then I logged off of vent.
Suddenly my chat channels lit up with, “Are you really mad?”
“Yes.” To everyone who asked.
Here’s the thing. Every time someone kills a miner in High Sec, you’re stopping that person from doing something that I do not want to do. I can’t stand the thoughts of mining, I think it’s dull but I am SO GLAD there are other people out there who really like to do it. I’m happy that person is out there mining that ore and building my ships etc. Every time you slaughter a carebear, you’re just punching yourself in the face in the long run because now that guy has to buy a new ship and you’ve taken time away from them that they could be mining! Ships become more expensive. Great.
I think a lot of miners (and I could be wrong here, I don’t know a whole lot of miners) are newer players as well, so why would you want to grief those people out of the game? It’s kind of stupid to harass players to the point that they have no enjoyment of the game and want to quit. The less people who play EVE, the less amount of revenue CCP has to work with, that means fewer employees for CCP to be working on the game.
I think Hulkageddon is lame. I think harassing people in highsec is stupid. There are enough people who actually want a fight that you needn’t go bother people who are providing the means for you to pvp.
Just because you can do a thing doesn’t mean you should do it.
So I think that instead of harassing those who actually make the game a better place, why not hug them instead! Okay, maybe not hug…just…leave them alone and enjoy cheaper ship prices okay? Don’t be a fat bully?
But that’s just my two cents. What do you guys think?