After a weekend mostly unplugged I find the Eve controversy rolling on across the blogosphere. I had drafted a rant about this issue on Friday evening but thought better of posting it. Now with a cooler head I will say that this alone is enough to convince me to never try Eve, nor to have any involvement with CCP as a developer. They are ultimately responsible for this sandbox playpen, it has devolved to this point over years under their watchful gaze.
Spinks has a very good post summarising some of the important points about just how far the Internet tough-guy machismo has been taken in the Eve community.
Kill Ten Rats has a post discussing the ramifications of such high profile fallout, will this have an effect on attempts to reduce or remove anonymity on the Internet in the US?
Finally Tobold picks up on upcoming rules changes to Eve that will make ‘safe space’ actually safe rather than just mostly safe for those wanting to avoid PVP. This I guess will make safe space (called Empire space in the game I believe), a haven for anyone wanting Eve to play like the old 8-bit game Elite. This could have interested me as something to try, but given the toxicity of the community and CCPs very weak punishment of the principal offenders I will avoid giving them any of my sub money.