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The bandwagon is overflowing with bloggers and forum prophets predicting the fall of New Eden, EVE and CCP. If the rhetoric truly reflected reality half of New Eden’s pod pilots will have disappeared in a week and the rest of us will be very lonely. All of this over “ninety-nine dollars”, “an internal memo about microtransactions”, “seventy-dollar monocles”, and a station where running is obviously frowned upon.
Instead of providing constructive feedback, the EVE community tends to go overboard.
I remember the hullabaloo a year ago when CCP was harshly criticized by most of the blogging community for not allowing the ill-fated Capsuleer application’s developers to charge money. Then, the world was ending because CCP couldn’t get its act together and Ipod owners would lose touch with their avatars. I read the dev blog about monetizing third party applications as a direct response to that public outcry. You wanted it, you got it. Yet all that CCP has reaped from this effort was another public outcry by space lawyers who imagined it would destroy the EVE community by charging us each $99 as often as possible.
The bulk of the current outcry is a response to a document being widely billed as “a leaked internal memo”. An internal memo is not the same thing as an internal newsletter. Sure, I despise the idea of paying real money for faction standings as much as the next guy, but this newsletter is really not the final word on the subject from CCP — it’s opinions from some of their employees. It’s a great straw man for us to poke sticks at, not a reason to rage quit.
I really have no opinion about seventy dollar monocles. I won’t buy one. I don’t care if another pilot buys one either. It doesn’t really affect me at all except that it is another potential revenue stream for CCP which can only be a good thing for EVE.
I’m actually happy with the changes in Incarna. I can still do everything that I did before – it’s all dialog and context-menu driven if I like. Even better, now I can sit and watch television which, for me, is way cooler than spinning my ship. But best of all, it doesn’t change what happens in space — it’s completely separate. But sometimes you just need to sit back, think about the big picture and enjoy the view.
Note: My activity has declined greatly for the past three months. But rest assured, it has nothing to do with the bandwagon. In fact, I’ve been playing more since the Incarna release than I have at any time since the real-world disruption that caused my absence.