There's been quite a lot of talk lately about EVE's decline and CCP's internal problems. Some of this talk is worth taking seriously; last month we learned How CCP Can Save Itself and EVE Online. That MinerBumping post contains the definitive set of solutions for getting EVE back on track. Yet the question remains: Is EVE really dying?
People have been proclaiming some variation of "EVE is dying" for years. That doesn't mean that EVE is immortal, or that CCP will never fold. On the other hand, in light of history, dire warnings about EVE's future should be taken with a grain of salt.
I think it's only appropriate to craft a definitive answer to that most provocative of questions, "Is EVE dying?" Whether they admit it or not, the EVE-playing public looks to the New Order and the mighty CODE. alliance for guidance. When they hear that EVE may be dying, they want answers, and on some level they expect those answers from us. They certainly won't get them anywhere else.
So here it is. This post may be linked wherever there is a discussion of whether EVE is dying.
EVE is dying... for more Code.
EVE is dying... for emergent content, the vast majority of which is currently being supplied by the Code.
EVE is dying... for exciting, elite PvP, not risk-free AFK PvE such as that which the Code-violating bot-aspirants seek to practice.
EVE is dying... for a return to its roots, the spirit of EVE first revealed to the world in the story of the Guiding Hand Social Club's famous heist, the legacy of which is best represented by the New Order and its Agents.
EVE is dying... for an end to the stagnation that naturally arises from an isk-grinding, isk-hoarding mindset, be it in highsec, nullsec, or anywhere else; the New Order is the natural enemy of this mindset, and the Code articulates its only viable alternative.
EVE is dying... for big personalities, colorful characters like those who drove the story of EVE from the very beginning--the biggest and best example of which is the Saviour of Highsec; though my famous and extraordinary modesty scarcely permits me to say so, I do it for the sake of the game and the betterment of all who play it.
EVE is dying... for the creativity and derring-do displayed by so many Agents of the New Order as they find new ways of enforcing the Code--in such stark contrast to the carebears who beg CCP to make the game safer and easier for AFK isk-grinding.
EVE is dying... for more of those who would speak the truth, the real truth as it is spoken by our Agents and written in the time-honoured pages of MinerBumping, not the fake news and spin presented in carebear domains like the EVE subreddit, where upvotes and downvotes are so recklessly cast by the "I've never been ganked by CODE., but I hate them with a burning passion, almost as though I've been ganked by them..." set.
EVE is dying... for modesty and restraint on the part of carebears who might otherwise be tempted to fit their ships with blingy modules and their pods with unnecessarily expensive implants--and for swift punishment and expensive lossmails to those carebears who give in to temptation.
EVE is dying... for new players who come to the game to play the game the way it's meant to be played, not to change the game to accommodate their bot-aspirant "needs".
EVE is dying... for bold, courageous action by CCP devs willing to make good decisions, not devs who shrug their shoulders and say, "Well, we made some (bad) changes to this mechanic a few years ago, so we'll revisit it in another five years..."
EVE is dying... for responsible, hands-off GMs and forum moderators, who recognize that EVE is a game whose content comes from its players, not from those who warn, ban, and censor said players when they're starting to get interesting.
EVE is dying... for greater, more magnificent levels of Code-compliance, by highsec residents whose attitudes reflect how lucky they are to be given the opportunity to obey the Code.
EVE is dying... for a level of respect and praise from the EVE playerbase to the Saviour of Highsec that exceeds even the expectations of said Saviour's Agents--as befits said Saviour's great deeds and contributions to the game.
In short, EVE is dying... for Code, Code, and more Code.