Since the dawn of a few years ago, CCP has engaged in an unrelenting campaign to nerf highsec aggression. They believed that by making highsec safer, they would be able to boost their subscription numbers and make lots of money. Their belief was based on the theory that new EVE players can't handle losing a spaceship--that newbies quit when the mean gankers shoot them. Carebears told them so, again and again. "Make highsec safer and you'll all be rich," came the seductive whispers. "Just one more nerf!"
CCP obeyed them.
But then, one fateful day, there came a brave man--a hero of legend--who rose up from out of the darkness. He did something that no EVE player had ever dreamed of doing. He told the truth. I am, of course, referring to myself. The "hero of legend" part probably tipped you off, but still. A little extra clarity never hurts.
Inspired by this brave man (again, me), the New Order of Highsec sprang to life and gave birth to the Code that we all follow today, or are in the process of being taught to follow.
And so the battle raged between the forces of good and evil. Eventually, CCP took notice. On occasion, the forces of evil managed to get representatives elected to the CSM. These wicked men, in their wickedness, urged CCP to do studies that would prove that new players are being driven away from the game by gankers. If the studies proved what the carebears assumed, then they could then justify removing all risk and fun from highsec, in the name of profits.
CCP obeyed them.
But this turned out to be a fatal mistake, for the truth was always on the side of the forces of good. Time and time again, CCP ran studies, hoping to find proof that highsec safety was the way to make money.
In the now-famous thread about new player opportunities, CCP Rise confirmed what the New Order knew all along:
"We have tried and tried to validate the myth that griefing has a pronounced affect on new players - we have failed... Isolating players away from the actual sandbox seems very contrary to what we would like to accomplish."Still, the carebears denied the truth. Then came Fanfest 2015 and the new player experience presentation. CCP Rise took the stage. Armed with nothing but a water bottle, an ID badge, and his wits, he faced the crowd--a crowd he must have known included bot-aspirants and carebears. He would face them alone. Being accustomed to solo PvP, CCP Rise was not afraid. It would be a battle for the ages. On this day, an employee of CCP would rise to the occasion.
"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts. The facts belong to James 315."
-- Daniel Patrick Moynihan
You can watch CCP Rise's discussion of the effect of suicide ganking on new players on the Twitch.tv recording. It begins at the 3:15:00 mark.
As CCP Rise explained, a massive study was performed on the subject of whether new players get ganked, and what effect it has on player retention. No longer would the lies of the carebears be taken at face value. Facts and evidence would decide the issue.
Contrary to the carebears' assertions, gankers do not sit outside the rookie systems all day and gank new players. In fact, only one percent of new players get suicide ganked. The vast, vast majority of new players don't get killed at all. During the presentation, CCP Rise admitted that CCP was totally shocked by the results of the study.
...And as for player retention? The New Order was right all along: New players who get killed are less likely to quit! The element of risk makes highsec, and EVE, more interesting and engaging. Finally, almost no one who quits the game does so because he lost a ship or felt "harassed".
It was a stunning victory for the advocates of emergent gameplay. Though the carebears are defeated all the time, rarely do they suffer a loss so total, so convincing, or with such far-reaching consequences.
In short, the entire basis for all those years of anti-gank nerfs and all those efforts to make highsec safer, were completely wiped away. Only the truth remained.
Is this a good time to...? Yeah, I think it is:
Look upon me. Dare not look away.
The carebears are already in a panicked retreat. Wardec chieftain Tora Bushido's thread about the presentation drew the ire of carebear apologist Veers Belvar, who is inconsolable about the news.
The arc of EVE's moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice; it is drawn there by the Code. If you are a good person, enjoy this victory. Make sure every carebear you meet is exposed to the truth.