Thursday, October 4, 2012
Crimewatch 2: Is Highsec Made Safer?
tl;dr: I personally think the Crimewatch 2 changes are necessary and good, but I argue that their net effect is to make highsec safer. I call out those people (esp. CCP and CSM) who would state that Crimewatch 2 will not make highsec safer.
How does highsec become safer? Crimewatch 2 (CW2) aims to curtail certain highsec PvP tactics, tactics which are popular under the current implementation of Crimewatch (now known as CW1). Some of these changes are necessary, but that doesn't change the fact that by adding penalties to those tactics they will see a decrease in their use, which will result in an overall decrease in PvP activity in highsec.
I'm not arguing that CW2 is not a necessary change. For the most part, it is highly necessary, and has a number of excellent features. It certainly simplifies what was an overly complex system in CW1. All of that doesn't change the fact that the net effect in highsec will be a decrease in overall PvP. There's nothing in CW2 that encourages an increase in highsec PvP. CW2 actively discourages certain types of PvP.
What tactics does CW2 curtail? Can-flipping goes away completely. No longer can the stupid be tricked into PvP. Ganking. CW2 does not eliminate ganking, but it does curb certain aspects of the highsec gank. Neutral repping is curtailed, since they are open to attack by anyone. Station games are curtailed. That anyone with a suspect flag can be attacked by anyone (not only the person aggressing) will reduce certain types of player-on-player aggression. Not too mention that victims get killrights just for being attacked, not for being killed.
Some might argue that it is good that these tactics are being eliminated or mitigated, that those tactics were unfair and dishonourable. I don't argue that PvP needs to be made fair and/or honourable, though. It is the case that PvPers of all varieties look for advantage. Without a sense of advantage, PvP tends to not be initiated. Thus, I argue that CW2 acts to curtail certain advantages, which curtails certain types of PvP, which makes highsec a safer locale in which to play the game.
So if someone tells you CW2 is going to have no effect on highsec PvP, they have their head up their ass. Or they're just outright lying to you.