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A Commentary On EVE’s Latest “Scandal”
Below is going to be a commentary about EVE, its player-base, and the current gaming media's reaction to EVE's latest scandal. The following is solely my personal opinion about the event and the game, and should not be considering the thoughts of the entire Multiplaying community... just covering my bases here.
By now if you haven’t already heard about EVE’s latest scandal involving CSM Chairman Alexander “The Mittani” Gianturco, click here to get caught up. Read the article? Okay great. First, let me iterate on a few things: EVE is a cold, ruthless, unforgiving game. The entire point is for players to force their will upon others, blow up people’s goods and dreams, and to enjoy the company of others doing the same. Also, a lot of people, including Alex, were hammered at FanFest. I’m not saying the fact that he was drunk forgives what transpired. Actually for the record:
“However, being drunk was no excuse – I got myself there, after all.” - Alexander “The Mittani” Gianturco
Its important to note that this subject was predetermined to be okay. The slides had to be okay-ed before the FanFest, so its hard to say this wasn’t pre-planned for the presentation. However, I highly doubt that even the most infamous of EVE players would actually want someone to kill themselves over an internet spaceship game. Maybe crack a few jokes about how hard some people take losses in the game sure, but not willingly wish for the death of another human being or create a panel that “encourages cyber-bulling or suicide”.
Look, this is directed towards the hundreds of people that are currently debating this “hot button issue” that have never played EVE. Every day thousands of people log onto this game to build up space empires, while others log on solely to tear them right back down. That doesn’t mean EVE is some terrible game that only sociopaths would want to play. People are now calling for The Mittani’s resignation from the CSM, given he was just (maybe 2 days ago) voted as the CSM7 Chairman. This is solely because commentors and article writers alike are now making the justification that because Alex said some terrible things while heavily intoxicated, and he is the CSM chairman, everyone in EVE must be a terrible person because he garnered the most votes. Right?
Wrong. People didn’t vote for The Mittani because he is an evil space emperor (well okay maybe some did). They voted for him because he legitimately wants to see EVE improve and become a better game. Crucible, EVE’s latest expansion, has been a huge success, and I find it impossible to say that such a success could have occurred without such a strong conviction within CSM6 to get shit done. For those that don’t know, The Mittani was chairman of CSM6 as well. The very same CSM that is now being heralded as the most successful in the history of the CSM. I’m not defending Alex’s actions during that panel. He f&$%ed up, and he know’s it. With that said, I refuse to sit idly by and watch people who have never even played EVE trash it because of something that, had it not been said during FanFest, would have gone unnoticed by the gaming community.
At the very least trash the game for something legitimate, like its crappy PvE content.
You can read Alex’s apology here.