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I watched someones live feed.  Not because I knew them or because I was interested in their feed. I did not watch it because I like live feeds or find them a way that I pass my time. I watched it because Vov killed someone that was streaming themselves and found out after the fact that they were streaming.

Streaming interests me in so far as that I have watched it for a few big battles.  I watched it for Burn Jita as well.  I don't care for it.  The feeling of looking over someone else's shoulder is unpleasant for me.

But even my video averse curiosity is sparked when someone drops a kill mail into chat and tells you that they just killed the person and that they streamed it.

The stream is here.  Go to 1:45 to watch.

This young man was missioning in low sec doing level 3 missions in a Hurricane.  From what was gathered from third parties, he is not experienced with PvP.  From his screen layout and lack of attention (as in not having it open) to local and no dscan one can see that he was not prepared to avoid what was happening.

The fascinating part is that he opens his fitting window.  The window covers a chunk of his overview.  An important chunk of his overview.  The part that had Vov land on grid with him.  I found myself going 'oh no!' as I see Vov's icon land at the top of the screen and start targeting.  The over view window is still covered as he ponders his fit.

Even as the first volleys land, he doesn't realize what is happening.  He thinks his shields are going to hold against the NPCs.  Then he realizes what is happening and tries to dock.  But he can't.  He kind of tries to get away as he figures out that he is pointed and then he resigns himself to losing his ship.  He takes it very, very well and I have a lot of respect for his calm acceptance.

However, he then hovers over Vov's name as Vov targets and pods him.  In a Tornado. Sigh.  I've often wondered what people are doing with their pods when we pod him.  From what Vov said of watching the rest of the screen he was not familiar with podding.  It does not seem that he thought to get his pod out.

I commented on twitter a few weeks ago that there needs to be some type of pod awareness.  Because NPCs do not attack pods, many people lose ships but never think about saving their pod.  Then, when they venture beyond the borders of high sec they wound up podded simply because they didn't think to save it.

It seems that he received help and advice from his stream.  It is good that he did get it although it would have been better if he received it sooner.  Still, it was an interesting voyage into voyeurism 

Even as I write this, Vov has just killed another mission runner who left their pod sitting there.  He decided not to pod this one. The sec hit is not worth it to him.  After about five minutes the mission runner left.  He then came back in a stabber and bolted when Vov landed on grid again.


  1. Here's what I think happens with pods. I've done it myself.

    When you first come to EVE the pod is an odd concept particularly when you come from other games. It's as if you can die twice in the same combat. That's not a natural thing for most people and you need to be podded a few times to get your head around it. Pilots see the ship death as the end of the combat and there is an almost subconcious spur to sit back, relax and breathe normally, especially when you realise there is no way out. You forget that instead you should be using that time to sort out your escape route in the pod.

    When you do finally get it you find that it is the best thing about alleviating the pain of loss. The last time I was killed I viewed it as a personal victory that I got the pod out. I think it was this

    A fun scrap, but don't talk to me about rigs, I was in a bit of a rush that evening.


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