Thursday, January 31, 2013
Do the Numbers Support the Need For More Carebear Creep?
On any given evening, it's not unusual to see 40,000 characters online. CCP has told us that nearly 50% of EVE players live in highsec. So, on any given evening, there should be approximately 20,000 players in highsec.
Of those 20,000 players, how many heinous acts of criminal ganking* occur on any given evening? 10? 25? 50? 100? 200? Let's say there's 200** such acts (which I feel is probably on the high side of any estimate, but I'll go with this number to keep everybody happy). Those heinous acts account for only 1% of the total highsec population on any given evening.
Yet, there's a strong push, in some quarters, to continue carebear creep, to continue to safen up highsec, for a mere 1% of the highsec population. (And 95% of that 1% are probably straight-up numbskulls, who refuse to do anything to protect themselves at all.)
So, basically, 99% of the highsec population gets along just fine on a nightly basis, yet, according to some, we should continue down the path of the themepark, move towards consensual highsec PvP all for the sake of a mere 1%.
Sounds downright silly to me.
* We're not going to account for anything that happens outside of highsec, because anything that happens outside of highsec is to be expected.
** Sure, I'm pulling the gank number out of my ass, but since CCP is never going to give us any numbers, some educated guesswork is required. Considering gankers love to advertise their handiwork, if the number was higher, we'd be seeing a lot more links to killmails, chat logs, and youtube videos.