Stupidity is Expensive
Somehow goons are still scoring fat kills around jitamart. I simply do not get how people can be ignorant of the event at this point. The event was published all over the internet, mostly by goons. Local is spammed to hell, there’s live feed, there simply isn’t an excuse at this point to have anything shiny anywhere near Jita. And yet as I type this I see a freighter undocking.
If Goons want to indicate that people aren’t safe, I don’t know that they’ve succeeded. I think they’ve made a strong argument for it, but what they’ve really proven is that a wide segment of the EvE population is TOTALLY oblivious to their surroundings. Paul Clavet (I believe) posted this gem on situational awareness on his blog My Loot Your Tears. In it he talks about the combat mindset, the difference between oblivious and passively alert. Good EvE players maintain some level of situational awareness whenever they play. They follow enough news sources (forums, blogs, websites, etc) to be aware of what they are likely to see. They watch chat channels to find out current intel. They keep their head up, especially when undocked.
However some people go beyond “Condition White” They go into “Actively Stupid” Local shitting up? Don’t pay attention, just close it or turn blink off. Goons spouting shit again? Fuck it it’s goons they never say anything important. Map shows 3578 ships destroyed in Jita in the last 24 hours? Can’t be arsed to bother with it. When I talk about people who are playing EvE as a single-player game, that’s who I’m talking about. Every single hauler, freighter, and shiny PvE ship is an avoidable loss. There was no reason to not know this was coming. Some people just actively pursue their ignorance. They don’t want to face the unpleasant facts of their situation so they ignore it until the unpleasantness grows. Yeah some people got away with stuff, a lot more got whacked.
Stupidity costs isk. I’m glad the people who read this blog are taking the time to educate themselves somewhat. I hope that this event drives more people to look at their options in EvE. Either join the bigger community or GTFO.