Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Nice Talk About the Code

It is perhaps the case that no one else in all of EVE receives more personal correspondence than I do. Hey, I'm the Saviour of Highsec--it goes with the job. Also, relevance!


A not-insignificant portion of that mail concerns the Code. There are basically three kinds of EVEmails that I get about the Code. The good, the bad, and...


Ah, yes. The weird kind.


Nearly a year ago, Mesaron Missilemaster sent me a lengthy EVEmail with several questions about the nature of the Code. Whenever conveniently practical, I answer such questions. It looks like Mr. Missilemaster has concluded the preamble to his message, so let's get to work!


So far, so good. No questions have been asked yet, but quoting the Code and responding "it's true" is a good way to start.


This is where things begin to fall apart. Mesaron Missilemaster expects miners to behave like spoiled children. As apt as the comparison may be, we require more from our miners. They're playing a spaceship-shooting game and have no right to misbehave simply because their spaceship was shot. Players type "gg" immediately after a round of an FPS game ends. We don't expect them to rant and rave like madmen if they're on the losing team. We don't expect them to take a day or two to cool off before they can say "gg".


I fundamentally disagree with those who, like Mr. Missilemaster, urge patience. We can't wait for generations of slow, gradual change. Highsec has already waited far too long. The fierce urgency of now dictates that the time for Code compliance is already upon us.


It's a myth that highsec mining is a necessary evil. All the ore we need can be acquired from miners operating outside of highsec. We can also draw upon materials from NPC drops and the wrecks of the countless player-owned ships that have already been built.


Just mining in highsec. I've never met a nullsec miner who begs CCP for nerfs to highsec PvP.


Miner ganking teaches miners important lessons that go beyond learning about miner gankers. It teaches miners about the essence of EVE itself. For example, the adage, "Don't fly what you can't afford to lose." This is as applicable--or more so--to those engaged in lowsec combat. I could go on in this vein, but I think you get the idea.

I'll add that the whole concept of "If gankers didn't gank..." approaches things from the wrong direction. Gankers have more right to gank than miners have to mine. EVE is a PvP game; without PvP, there would be no content and no purpose for the game to exist.


Actually, as we've seen, highsec miners are unnecessary. As such, they aren't comparable to the builders, weavers, farmers, etc. However, highsec miners do serve a function (only) insofar as they provide an opportunity for PvP'ers to generate content by attacking them. Ironically, the carebears beg CCP to stop the very people who make their existence worthwhile. This is why they are called Goofuses.


Mesaron Missilemaster, I sincerely hope today's post answered your questions and enriched your understanding of the Code. I know it was worth the wait. If you're still playing EVE, I hope you'll write again.

25 comments:

  1. Zopiclone won. Praise Zopiclone!

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  2. If you live in the United States, you probably have already heard what went down in Miami, FL.

    All trolling, barbs and insults aside, this has got to stop. When asked why he shot the guy, the cop said "I don't know." Seriously? I don't know? How did he even pass weapons training if he just spontaneously pulls the trigger for no reason? How did he even get a badge? The only good thing that has come out of this is that nobody was killed. Although the video of the shooting itself hasn't surfaced, on the face of it, this is outrageous.

    Granted, this probably isn't the best place to discuss something like this. However, I' sure many of you will agree with me what I say that these incidents have got to stop because all lives matter, even those of minorities, such as blacks.

    #AllLivesMatter

    BM.

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    2. Things are definitely going crazy down there BM. As a Canadian, I can only look on and wonder what they are putting in the water. The cops seem to be going batshit crazy. To add to that little nightmare, people who have had enough/hate copes/ or are just lunitics are not helping the situation... they are just making the police that much more paranoid and dangerous. A hateful circle of death..

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    3. BM did you hear about the antiganking moderator and his kid? Just as equally sad

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    4. Jeezus.....
      OK, i did laugh, kinda guilty like.
      XD

      Wolf always wins! Always!

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    5. Sad little people laughing at murder. Only Wolf and some code people get a kick out of murder suicide.

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    6. Take some Ritalin wolfie. Its be ok! Ritalin is easy!

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    7. I love these whiney carebear vaginae

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    8. I don't feel like logging in right now, but normally, I would do some outrageous satire about all the crap that has been happening: 3 black people getting shot by police, two died, one is very questionable and the other seems justified now that the truth has come out. Something like 20 police officers shot in the last two weeks or so with 9 dead, 8 of which where killed by ex-military personnel. Then there was that coup d-etat attempt over in Turkey. The world is going to hell in a hand basket.

      I was going to write a fake news story about code declaring war on CONCORD to try to usurp their police enforcement, but with all the crap that has been going on the past 2-3 weeks, I thought better of it and decided to leave it alone. And yes, I know those are generally in bad taste, but everyone deals with stress differently.

      And Wolf, yes, I know about it as you well know. Even discussed it here on the blog, as you well know. Sad? Yes. Tragic? Yes. Just because I do something doesn't mean that you have to copycat me.

      Butthurt Miner.

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    9. Mmmm smells like code. Whining vaginas.

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    10. Smells like Teen Spirit in Nirvana. Wolf is probably the reincarnation of Kurt Cobain.

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  3. "Players type "gg" immediately after a round of an FPS game ends. We don't expect them to rant and rave like madmen if they're on the losing team."

    Ok, James, I'm sorry, I normally bow to your wisdom, but you can't possibly have ever played Counterstrike or any other online shooter if you believe that.

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  4. Just mining in highsec. I've never met a nullsec miner who begs CCP for nerfs to highsec PvP.

    #realtalk #trufact

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  5. Only 11 months to reply to a wall of text. That's better than CCP replying to tickets. Keep up the good work James!

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  6. Zopiclone belongs to the class of medications called sedative-hypnotics. It is used for the short-term and symptomatic relief of sleep disturbances. Zopiclone can help with difficulty falling asleep, frequent wake-ups during the night, or early morning awakenings. Zopiclone should usually not be taken for more than 7 to 10 consecutive days. It should be used only by people for whom disturbed sleep results in problems functioning during the day.

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  7. Wolf, why don't you do a murder-suicide...or better yet, just a suicide. No need to take an innocent person with you...unless they are a fellow code agent.

    Now here's something that many of you will never have: some pussy. Empty your balls into some pussy, you will feel better and have better emotional balance...better than Ritalin I say.

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    1. Never forget the Ritalin. Ritalin is easy!

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    2. Only ag kills minors

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  8. But where oh where is Ming?

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  9. Jamey stated: "All the ore we need can be acquired from miners operating outside of highsec."

    Can he objectively prove this statement? Where is his supporting data?

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  10. As a nullsec miner, I agree.

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