[EVE Online] Part of what pulled me towards playing EVE was a few incidents that occurred in the game. One involved something on the line of tricking many investors into handing over money for nothing and the other involved gaining the trust of a few key people only to betray them. It was quite intriguing to me. Many people would call this griefing or cheating. The developers of EVE seemed to have allowed it to happen and by doing so perhaps even encouraged more such behavior.
Don’t they care about the people that might quit because of losing everything? Or are they counting on gaining more people than they lost because of the publicity? To me, this is a fascinating subject. Certainly, EVE is doing better than it used to, could it be because of these events? They got quite a bit of attention from them.
The forums lit up like lighting after each event became public. Cries of cheating were followed by pats on the back and congratulations. People quit. People signed up. The question is, does something like this add to the game or detract from it? A carebear player might say it ruins the game. A griefer will certainly think it is wonderful.
Does it add a level of excitement to the game? Is stealing from a corp any worse than declaring war on a corp and blowing up all their ships? Can the blame be placed on people giving the keys to the candy store out too freely? Who can you trust? Should we respect the mercenary corporation that does a job it was hired to do? Should the anger be directed at whomever hired them? What about the victims? Are they completely blameless? What did they do to someone that ended up with the hiring of a mercenary corp in the first place?
For reference, here is something from the EVE FAQ: “Spying, scheming, double-dealing and espionage are devilishly delicious features of EVE for those who relish walking on the dark side. Corporation leaders are urged to exercise extreme caution when accepting new members, particularly when granting access to their private communications and corporate holdings. There are criminal elements in EVE who can, and will, take advantage of unsuspecting marks.” – EVE Online FAQ #6.7 Can I be a corporate spy?