Ethics? WTF is that?
So my new SW:TOR blog has a category that is conspicuously absent from this one. Ethics.
I’ve been doing this over a year now… and I don’t have an ethics category. Kind of telling about EvE as a whole, especially given that morality, or a certain lack thereof, is a defining characteristic of the game and its players.
In EvE morality is assumed to be absent from anyone. Indeed I won’t give much trust to anyone unless I can drive to their house and punch them in the face. Even then it’s dicey. In an MMO like SW:TOR I assume someone is going to act in my good interests because it is in their BEST interest to complete content smoothly. In other words I can pick up random people, go into a dungeon or a PvP arena and fight it out without worrying too much about backstabbing because they get rewards for the same thing I get rewards for.
EvE is not like this. In EvE you can make a lot more money a lot faster by hogging and acting selfishly in the short run. Whether its joining a corp with the express intent of robbing it blind (why I like knowing where people live,) or even blowing up random haulers and taking their stuff, anti-social activities are highly profitable in EvE. Certainly a steadier income is gained through income, but trust comes hard and ethics are much more rigorous in EvE.