We've reached a new milestone: MinerBumping has accumulated over 3 million hits! It says a lot about the intelligence and sophistication of the EVE community that thousands of its players are regular readers of MinerBumping. Each day, the New Order works to improve the level of discourse in highsec.
In days past, PvP'ers engaged in lots of profane, insulting, juvenile smacktalk. Our Agents have made things so much better. Agent Tisiphone Dira came across a carebear in the Hek system and politely requested the money she was owed. However, John ShadowKnight wasn't ready to join modern highsec. He proudly identified himself as an internet tough guy.
John's caveman attitude was a direct challenge to the New Order. No wonder he lost his pod.
The destruction of John's capsule caused him to lose his temper. He tabbed out of the private convo with Tisiphone and made his feelings known in Hek local:
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John's comments in local didn't qualify as a "GF", Tisiphone felt. Although our Agents are tolerant people, it's their job to pass judgment on the carebears. Someone must make sure the Code is being followed, otherwise all highsec is lost.
Despite his claims not to be a miner, John couldn't resist uttering Miner Bingo quotes. If he were to be believed, he went AFK and autopiloted in a pod to "relax and have fun". Admittedly, bot-aspirants are easily tempted by the lure of automated gameplay. If they weren't, we wouldn't need rules against that sort of thing.
As time went on, John became more and more resentful about the loss of his pod. He vowed revenge against Tisiphone and everyone else in CODE. He went so far as to say he'd kill our pods, even though pods are ships that can't shoot back.
Tisiphone knew in her heart that if the carebear would only read the Code (or listen to Sasha Nyemtsov read it), it would calm him down. But John wouldn't read it, and he wouldn't calm down.
John's vengefulness and hostility grew. He would only be satisfied by killing Agents of the New Order. Sadly, this proved to be beyond him.
More than an hour after his pod was destroyed, John continued to rant and rave. He was completely unwilling to trust Tisiphone to honour her promises--though she had only ever told him the truth. (And ganked him.)
John finally terminated the private convo, claiming all the fun of EVE had been ruined for him. Clearly, he didn't feel blowing up spaceships was a fun part of the game. He only enjoyed AFK grinding in highsec. And as for the pod gank that had angered him so?
...It was empty. Should it surprise us that a highsec carebear would get so worked up about an empty pod? Not really. You see, for a bot-aspirant who only grinds isk and never tastes emergent gameplay, the entire EVE experience is empty.
We should always remember that there are tens of thousands of highsec carebears--perhaps hundreds of thousands--whose life in EVE is as empty of John ShadowKnight's pod. Before the New Order, such players had no hope. Three million MinerBumping hits later, things are a lot better. But we still have a long way to go.