Have you ever read one of those negative reviews about EVE on Steam?
A lot of them are probably written by Venture pilots.
Agent Minx Mattel introduced Commander Hodenkobold to the concept of elite PvP. The miner immediately played the newbie card and threatened to quit the game.
Back when I was a new player, people didn't act like this when they lost a ship. But it seems to be very, very common now. What could account for this cultural shift?
And yes, it's a safe bet that CCP knows about our mining permits.
Though he'd only been playing for three days, Commander Hodenkobold was fully versed in all the carebear arguments about player retention, subscriber numbers, and the rest of it. We're seeing this sort of thing a lot these days. Something strange is afoot in highsec.
With one final passive-aggressive whine about new players, Commander Hodenkobold terminated the convo. But he wasn't finished yet.
Still angry about the loss of his Venture, the miner began posting bulletins about Agent Minx in local chat.
Instead of sending a negative review to Steam, Commander Hodenkobold was writing negative reviews in local about the Agent who ganked him.
It was the only form of revenge the miner would consider. Engaging in spaceship combat--in a spaceship combat game--was out of the question. He wouldn't stoop to that level.
Previously, the miner had expressed much concern about CCP's subscription revenues. But if he couldn't enjoy his Venture in total safety, then he'd rather see every new player quit the game. This greedy little miner threw CCP under the bus!
There was no reasoning with Commander Hodenkobold. Anyone who dared shoot a miner in highsec was deemed less than human.
At this point, the pro-theme park carebears and their apologists would say that this encounter justifies eliminating all risk in highsec. "CCP has been deprived of another new player's money!" they would cry. However, there's more to the story. The miner didn't actually quit the game. In fact...
In a few weeks, the former highsec miner was engaging in PvP with Pandemic Legion in nullsec. If it hadn't been for Agent Minx and the Code, Commander Hodenkobold would still be AFK mining highsec ore in a Venture--if he didn't quit the game out of boredom.
Sounds like the Code was the best thing that ever happened to him, no?