Blog Banter 37: Shredding the Fabric
Posted by Corelin
“EVE Online sits on the frontier of social gaming, providing an entertainment environment like no other. The vibrant society of interacting and conflicting communities, both within the EVE client and without, is the driving force behind EVE’s success. However, the anonymity of internet culture combined with a competitive gaming environment encourages in-game behaviour to spread beyond the confines of the sandbox. Where is the line?”
I’ve already commented on this to some extent. The John Gabriel Internet Dickwad Theory isn’t news to anyone. Honestly I think everyone draws the line themself, and like in EvE it’s a pretty easy to understand system. If you put yourself on a platform, not everyone is going to cheer. I moderate my comments but only to weed out spam. Even the most trollish of asshat comments get in as long as they aren’t for penis pills. I say my say and I want and expect people to say theirs here. Same goes for forums, official or not, and generally the same rules apply as in EvE. Don’t let your ego write checks your body can’t cash.
Rumors have it that things have gone too far for some, with a DDoS attack alleged by the CEO of White Rose Convecticle, Yuki Onna. Here’s a hint, if you are committing an actual crime you’ve crossed a line that I don’t think anyone should *really* need to be told not to cross. The simple answer, the logical answer, would be to say that within legal confines you draw the line you want to hold within the confines of law. Decent behavior is clearly beyond some people, and by playing EvE you expose yourself to a certain level of “antisocial” behavior. Antisocial doesn’t mean illegal.
EvE is too hotly contested a game to just say “Be Excellent to Each other” but any action that is an attack on the person not the character has gone too far. Keep it in the game, keep it to where people are posting in or about EvE. Don’t take it to their person, their stuff, let alone their family. You don’t see people going to Fanfest and starting fistfights, over EvE, why would you attack someone’s shit out of game just because you aren’t in their face?