This is an opinion piece and only reflects my own views and not the views of EN24 or it’s affiliates.

It’s been a rough couple of months, and I haven’t really weighed in on the anger and discontent at CCP’s recent shenanigans regarding our beloved game. I feel it, this unsettling feeling of anger and confusion, and like most of the player base, I am way too close to the situation to be able to be objective. Any post I have started on the subject over the last two months I have tossed halfway through as it all just sounds like a lot of subjective doom and gloom about Eve dying. For me, it’s just too hard to write about the subject and be objective about it.

Why is this?

I have in my personal blog, been very critical of CCP in the past. Many aspects of the current unrest have been brewing now for a couple of years with unhealthy changes to the meta. I am hardly the only one, we all weigh in about what we feel is bad for Eve, a cacophony of ideas and feedback, and we have dozens of ways of expressing it. In Reddit threads, forum posts, and any number of other social media sites, great ideas, valid points, and reasonable discussions come and go every week by the people who care about Eve the most, it’s players. In the same place, at the same time, we find the other side of all that and in that is the problem. The ambiguity of the internet, coupled with the nature of Eve players to ‘be themselves’ has brought us to a place where I personally think that even if the Devs wanted that information, to discuss or act upon, wading through the giant pile of bullshit we create would be completely overwhelming.

Everyone who plays Eve, or even who has played Eve, is too close to be completely objective about it.

A person outside our circle might have trouble understanding the emotions that Eve motivates. If it’s just another game to you, you definitely won’t understand how changes, even small ones, galvanize us into heartfelt and emotional discussions. Game developers screw up games all the times, or they get stale, or they just get outclassed by the next new hotness. Most of us are longtime gamers, and have seen games we liked to play fall by the wayside for all of these reasons. I think it is safe to say, that you never fought for these games like you fight for Eve. Why?

Because it is not only a game. Eve is our social circle, we happily sit in comms with our friends flying our spaceships, and for a lot of us even on our mobile devices as we go throughout our real lives. Eve facilitates friendships. As corny as that sounds, I really believe that. Eve is not a game in the traditional sense, it is a hobby we are all participating in at the same time. People take their hobbies seriously and want to be good at them, that is human nature and while Eve is not a tangible hobby, that should not take away from that desire. If you are an Eve player, it is healthy to want to be a better pilot. Along those same lines, if you are serious about your hobby and your social circle, it is healthy to be vocally upset about what you perceive as a threat to that. How we have been expressing that discontent as a ‘player base’, though, is just not effective.

Complaints now often take the form of long, in-depth essays that make angry one-sided arguments just as often as they make rational level-headed ones. Often such posts include both, and separating the two becomes an enormous grey area. Perhaps, even worse, what sometimes starts as a coherent idea dissolves as people pick at it in a negative way. At the end of the day, at the end of the thread, all we end up left with is no conclusions and a lot of opinions. Who can tell what’s right. There is really nothing specific to work with, nothing to point to and say, ‘Here, this is the thing we are upset about’. We are all just too close to the argument to be reasonable and cohesive as a group.

This is usually the part of my post where I break down missteps, analyze why I think people are upset, and start to lay out ideas for ‘fixing’ the game as any good post about Eve would, but I am going to take a different approach. I am only here to make one point, and one argument. If CCP cares about what we think, I would like to tell any one of them here, this is literally the thing we are upset about.

We don’t feel like you have our backs anymore.

In this mad universe you have created, in this monster you have unleashed on your biggest fans, that is the only thing we lay our trust in. Trust in New Eden is nothing to squander, and it is not given easily, and it is not often earned a second time.

I really am pointing to this thing, and saying this is the thing we are upset about. This right here is the thing we are all getting upset by, and recognizing it would go a long way toward getting us to think you have the best intentions of our hobby at heart. As I type this, I hear you, the reader, muttering about carrier balance passes, but I think this was a clever distraction from legitimate criticisms about ghost training and marketing strategies that are making us all feel dirty. The call was made to drown out the legitimate cries with the pitchforks and torches, and it worked as intended.

It is hard to see past the opinion that CCP is selling out the game. I am full of conspiracy theories, but I don’t have to go there as this clip of a recent ‘offer’ says everything.


This has to be the worst thing in history you could spend 5 dollars on. There are so many things wrong with what CCP is trying to do here.

We all know the dedication that it takes to be passable at Eve, let alone actually good. We all have heard the adage that while you can buy things with money in Eve you can’t buy piloting skill. There is no doubt that sitting in something you aren’t ready to fly is never going to go well for you. Sure, a day old player can buy 50,000 PLEXes and be space rich on day 1, but still needs to follow the natural progression of the game to take advantage of his means. As Eve players we know this, but potential players do not. Seeing that for just $5 more they can get ‘MORE WEAPONS MORE DAMAGE MORE TANK’ coupled with all the talk of PLEXes and injectors is enough for anyone to see Eve as a pay-to-win. There’s no reason not to. It’s not encouraged that the potential player know that he has better ship stats as compared to a corvette. It is not explained in any depth. CCP is breaking its own rules by scamming new players into thinking that 1/5th of a PLEX and 10 cents worth of ships is going to give them a starting advantage. When they gain the in-game knowledge to realize what they have actually bought, they have fostered a distrust of CCP.

If we saw this scam in Jita we would report it, and clown on the fool trying to get over on us with Rifters.

If you’ve played Eve, then you know this is no kind of deal, and so you distrust CCP and wonder if they are just cashing out. You begin to question whether they have your best interests at heart. This isn’t the Eve you started playing, and if it was, would you still be at it? There are cries all around that Eve is dying. If our overlords are blatantly selling out their own game, do they really believe in it? Should you and I?

There are a dozen other ads like this I could link, and a dozen other points I could make about this topic, but this picture linked here is at the end of that argument, and this is the thing we are upset about. If CCP keeps this up, they lose our trust. They have spent 14 years teaching us not to give it back.

Old CCP had our backs on the individual level. We looked up to you, we trusted you as the keeper of our hobby and our social circle, and we hoped someday that with your help, we might someday get our 5 minutes of fame. As with our ‘corpmates’ in New Eden, we drank and danced and were goofy together and called each other friends and CCP facilitated all of that. They gave us stuff to dream about, and when New York’s Museum of Modern Art installed a permanent Eve Online exhibit, we were all proud to be a part of something special, the largest and most in depth interactive sci-fi story ever told. That story is Eve, and at this point CCP, we can’t tell if you see that story even going forward or not. Why else would you be scamming newbros for a fiver?

This picture is an allegory for this entire ‘Summer of rage’ situation, it gives an exact look into the ‘feeling’ we are all getting from Eve right now. For the lot of us, it’s not likely we will reach a common ground on most issues having to do with our beloved game, but this thing, this feeling CCP is giving us lately, it’s a lot like getting dumped.

CCP we still love you, please return our calls. I’m too old to start over.


  1. I appreciate you sharing this blog article. Much obliged.

    December 14, 2018 at 09:40 Reply
  2. Thanks-a-mundo for the blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing.

    December 14, 2018 at 19:29 Reply
  3. I am not sure where you are getting your info, but good topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more. Thanks for great information I was looking for this info for my mission.

    December 14, 2018 at 20:18 Reply
  4. Wow! This could be one particular of the most beneficial blogs We have ever arrive across on this subject. Basically Excellent. I am also an expert in this topic so I can understand your effort.

    December 14, 2018 at 22:03 Reply
  5. Hey! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the great work!

    December 15, 2018 at 00:01 Reply
  6. We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your site provided us with valuable info to work on. You have done a formidable job and our whole community will be thankful to you.

    December 15, 2018 at 00:05 Reply
  7. Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all people you actually know what you are talking about! Bookmarked. Kindly additionally consult with my site =). We may have a link exchange agreement among us!

    December 15, 2018 at 00:46 Reply
  8. Hello there! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers? I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any recommendations?

    December 15, 2018 at 01:45 Reply
  9. Wow, incredible blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is fantastic, let alone the content!

    December 15, 2018 at 03:33 Reply
  10. Generally I do not read post on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do so! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thanks, quite nice article.

    December 15, 2018 at 04:43 Reply
  11. I cannot thank you enough for the blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

    December 15, 2018 at 05:21 Reply
  12. Hey, you used to write great, but the last few posts have been kinda boring¡K I miss your great writings. Past several posts are just a bit out of track! come on!

    December 15, 2018 at 09:17 Reply
  13. Thank you for your blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on…

    December 15, 2018 at 11:55 Reply
  14. I’ve been browsing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It?s pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all web owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be much more useful than ever before.

    December 15, 2018 at 17:46 Reply
  15. HurrahWow! FinallyAt lastAfter allIn the end I got a blogweblogwebpagewebsiteweb site from where I canbe able toknow how tobe capable of reallyactuallyin facttrulygenuinely takegetobtain usefulhelpfulvaluable datainformationfacts regardingconcerning my study and knowledge.

    December 15, 2018 at 21:24 Reply
  16. Appreciating the commitment you put into your blog and in depth information you offer. It’s nice to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same out of date rehashed material. Great read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

    December 15, 2018 at 22:22 Reply
  17. Unquestionably believe that which you stated. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the net the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people think about worries that they just don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people can take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

    December 16, 2018 at 06:42 Reply
  18. Im obliged for the post.Thanks Again. Will read on

    December 16, 2018 at 06:52 Reply
  19. Hi there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my good old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

    December 16, 2018 at 11:34 Reply
  20. You made some first rate points there. I appeared on the web for the problem and found most individuals will associate with with your website.

    December 16, 2018 at 12:04 Reply
  21. whoah this blog is great i love reading your articles. Keep up the good work! You know, many people are searching around for this info, you can aid them greatly.

    December 16, 2018 at 15:26 Reply
  22. Hey there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this page to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

    December 16, 2018 at 21:49 Reply
  23. Spot on with this write-up, I truly think this website wants far more consideration. I’ll probably be once more to learn much more, thanks for that info.

    December 16, 2018 at 21:49 Reply
  24. I am constantly looking online for ideas that can aid me. Thx!

    December 16, 2018 at 22:12 Reply

Leave a Reply