-o0o-Welcome to the continuing monthly EVE Blog Banters and our 80th edition! For more details about what the blog banters are please visit the Blog Banter page.Blog Banter 80 – A Voice for All Players?
CCP Seagull ecourages you to get involved in CSM12 and put your name forward to be a Space-Politician. On his blog Neville Smit noted that CSM11 had done a good job with minimum of drama. However he said he’d not be covering CSM12 like he has in previous years as he sees no point. The power-blocs will vote on who they want and unless Steve Ronuken manages to get on CSM12 it is almost certainly going to have every seat taken by the big null-sec blocs.
Is Neville right? Is the CSM moving more and more into just a voice for 0.0? Is this a bad thing? Are the hi-sec, low-sec and WH players going to lose out badly or is it really not an issue as its the same game? Could a totally null-sec dominated CSM 12 give a balanced voice for everyone?
This banter took my head in a dozen different directions. 64 candidates running and a lot of them ARE aligned with major nullsec power blocs.
I took a step back and asked myself why I ran for so many years and why I will run again, one day. I like this game. I want it to thrive and grow and succeed. If I suddenly became a member of Brave Legion or Pandemic Goons then that would not change who I am and what I try to do. Not all people can be labeled by the group they belong to as being that and only that.
Some are . . . I will readily admit that some run for office to tick some imaginary ego checklist or to make the most for them and their friends or just for the perverse pleasure of rubbing others noses in it. ‘See what we can do, pubbies?’ But not all.
Eve is not one community. We are a city or even a country. We have the rough and tumble cities and the great farmlands. The suburbs and the inner city ghettos and they ALL are part of what Eve is, for better or worse. Each of us, in our own way is part of the tapestry of the game. from the alpha miner right up to the leader of a major coalition. One may think he/she is more important that the other but that is a matter of perspective. Either could quit tomorrow and another would step in to fill the gap. Or not, but the game would go on.
Look, the key thing is both of them want the game to continue so they can keep playing. For that? CCP needs to manage to continue as a business. Only a foolish hunter will kill all the game in an area. He will have nothing to hunt next year. Same fo fishing, kill all the fish in a lake via pollution or poor watershed decisions and that is the end of that fishing hole. I seriously doubt any of the candidates want to end Eve. But I will readily admit that some want to make Eve better for themselves and their friends at the expense of others game-play.
Every year I hear calls for the end of hisec. (sigh)
Every year I hear the doomsayers point out how the null sec blocks will almost rule the Council (or if you are really angry, the RMT coalitions) and that this is why the Council needs to be stopped or the representation needs to change.
The council does not work as a voting body (anymore). Every man, woman, trilobite elected has an equal voice. CSM 9 got rid of officers. CSM12 got rid of a difference in attendees, either you are ON and going to the summits or you are not. Every voice has equal value and three cannot yell down one. I have seen it tried, they failed. Matter fo fact I find the one lone voice sometimes carries the day if they are reasonable and solid in their arguments.
I have seen several GOOD player reps who happened to also be members of large null blocs aregue FOR things that would not be in the best interest of the null entities. Advise ‘Do that and we will Do this and take you to the cleaners. Not a good plan.’. I have seen others who claimed to be representing one group wind up in the back pocket of an entirely different organization.
Now I will readily admit I am a optimist. Hopeless one, at that. But I will be voting and for the people and the platforms and the reputations they bring as human beings. Not their kill counts, or the words of their ‘great leaders’. I do hope Steve gets in, that is true. He and I have agreed on a lot of things, over the years. But I am ok with many others being elected because I see past the wrapper of whatever alliance they are in this week and look at the player, not the character.
Do not tell me the CSM is run by null, tell me it is a player council and they want the game to be better. I will be happy.