We’re Not That Bad (For People Who Plan to Shoot You in the Face)
Posted by Corelin
Over at The Ancient Gaming Noob, Wilhelm Arcturus posits that EvE has A Horrible Community, but no more horrible than any other
I’d say we aren’t bad. We’re just drawn that way. In actuality EvE has the most helpful community you will ever see.
Wilhelm argues that we will: Scam you, Steal from you, Suicide Gank you, shoot you for any reason or none at all, taunt you, torment you, and generally treat you with absolute disdain.
Which, of course, we will.
We will also educate you, give you free stuff, provide resources of critical importance to your success, mentor you, train you, and help you to not only meet your goals, but figure out what the hell they should be to begin with. Often while shooting you in the face.
Look at organizations like EvE University or Brave Newbies. Find me an equivalent in WoW. If you’ve never seen how Goons treats their newbros you really should. What they lack in consistency they make up for in enthusiasm. Look at resources like EvE-HQ, Evemon, EFT, Aura, The ISK Guide, Dotlan, Evewho, Eve-central. The list goes on. Most games have a talent builder, maybe a (Developer provided) character viewer, maybe some 3rd party forums. A handful of blogs. The amount of content provided by and for players is astounding. Especially when you realize that, with 5% of World of Warcraft’s playerbase there is far more in the way of resources, tools, organizations, and general help available to get people playing the game and enjoying it.
Part of that is the fact that there is a demand for it. EvE wouldn’t exist if not for the efforts of the players to provide essential resources and services to the playerbase. Frankly if another company left this much undone in their game, the game wouldn’t exist. EvE needs a lot of this support, not all of it, but most of these resources are offered for no cost.
This isn’t to say that EvE is a united front of hugging and cuddles. Horrible things do happen, planned with malice aforethought, but that isn’t the community, it’s the game.