Two things happened, one right after another. The first was chatting with Kira (of Nova Haven and Necom fame) and the second was reading a post by Sugar (fellow CSMX and her blog is required reading, for me)
Kira first. For the record, right after she finished complaining about this she apologized for ranting. I never saw it as such but accepted the apology anyways. People who join a help channel or a corp sometimes seem to expect that said help will be handed to them. That the helpers will know what you need and volunteer answers to questions not asked. Later in the game these same people will die during wardecs because they are mining and when told that there is a wardec on they complain . . .’why didn’t you tell me?’. If it is pointed out the information was all over the place they stick to their guns . . . why did you not tell ME? In the end I told her that, to a certain extent, some people need Darwinism experienced first hand. Let them die and then point out (again) where they might have learned of their safety levels and maybe played a bit smarter.
These people expect personalized service with the restaurant serving the food without even the bother of taking their order and getting it right, every time. A lot of Eve information is out there (some of it hidden, I will admit) but it is a buffet. Get up off your ass, go over the the serving tables and fill your plate but do NOT sit at your table complaining that you are hungry.
On to Sugars post and this set of questions near the end.
I listen to people telling me what others do not deserve. I’d like to hear what a player does deserve. What are they entitled to? What are the pieces of a good gaming session? What should fill up that spot that is gaming? That makes us thirsty to return?
The word that burned off the screen at me was entitled. Gods, I hate that word and all the baggage it brings with it. You paid for this game and you are entitled to there being . . . what? To be lead by the hand by a mentor or calm robot voice until you understand all the minutiae of a game that I doubt anybody fully gets? To be able to skip the tutorials and make mad isk so you never have to pay for the game because you heard that you could play the game with in game gold? For GM’s to be on, 24/7 and leap to your aid if something goes wrong, even if it might have been your fault.
to be served
after all, you paid for it
And then I read the quote above, again and another word jumped out at me . . . game. Is Eve a game? Of late I have questioned that. Golf¹ is a game, there is a score, winners, losers. Chess, no score but winner, loser or draw. Games, both of them. How do we keep score in Eve²? There are not even levels to say that you are a 23rd level Paladin, fear not! I don’t play Eve to win very often, I play it to enjoy the social aspects, and to figure out a new thing or a new place. It is a puzzle³. A huge intricate puzzle that I may never solve (even with hints on the net) but IF I manage to solve this corner, or guess correctly what that guy will do . . . I get my enjoyment. But I have to go to the table with the right attitude and be willing to work to even find the pieces of said puzzle, let alone put them together.
Entitled? Nope. There are days where logging in is more a chore, a grind, than I might want it to be but something is always there that keeps me doing so, anyways. Maybe it is the other people, maybe it is the hope of something new and exciting. Maybe it is even the chance to be the new and exciting thing for someone else. I don’t know, for sure. But I very seldom demand or expect that things get handed to me, I just hope to find the next piece that fits the puzzle that is probably almost all of my own making.
I do know where that entitlement came from. I have played enough games (and still do) that take me and show me the path. Railways along which I can enjoy the ride and shoot at the targets as I pass them by (ever ride the Buzz Lightyear in Disneyland?) just like all the people before and after me.
How about you, though? Are you still waiting to be served, sitting at the table, hungry? Or are you loading a plate at the buffet?
apologies for the rant but these things fester in the back of my mind if I don’t air them out, now and again.
fly it like you won it
1) for the record I have golfed and teased my fellow golfers that I was the real winner because I got many more opportunities to hit the ball than they did.
2) yes yes, isk balance, killboards, skill points, but none are listed as the goal of the game, are they?
3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usborne_Puzzle_Adventure_series if you missed these as a child I am so sorry, I loved this series