I have a handful of things I've been working on inspired by his rages and local rants. He is like a muse. A rabid, Tasmanian devil of a muse. Today, after reading yet another tirade about the cowardace of my boys, I thought to an image posted on twitter by @quantumcats the twitter feed for the Quantum Cats Syndicate. I know that they are a PvP group over in faction warfare. Not my personal crew but I found deep amusement at this tweet.
If you're not a child of the 80's then you might not get this. Why a QCat may be holding you pod... #tweetfleet pic.twitter.com/njrRM99LZb— Quantum Cats (@QuantumCats) August 19, 2013
There are many subtexts to the joke. They are certainly poking fun at themselves. The one that I focused on is the social aspect of killing things. That is what amused me the most and what the angry Oddelulf newbie does not understand. He may not even comprehend it. And as I looked at the texture and shape of the subject I realized that it is rather hard to explain and define.
Angry Oddelulf Newbie > that's pretty low...3 losers against one unarmed ship, can't score much higher than thatThe angry newbie's points are very common ones. I have a feeling he feels witty. He was flying a Procurer as he often does (he has not learned to fit warp core stabs on it so we fit more points but that is another discussion...) and he was killed. That particular fleet was a cruiser fleet puttering around. Someone notices a Procurer on scan, announces it in the channels, and people start to figure out where it is so that it can be killed.
Angry Oddelulf Newbie > I bet it makes you feel great. I bet you brag to your friends "I killed an unarmed ship!"
The next question is, "Are we proud of killing this ship and think that we are amazing PvPers for that?" While I've addressed the question before it does not hurt to mention it again. "No." Killing that unarmed mining ship has nothing to do with feeling like a bad ass PvPer. There is always the chance that it is bait. Procurer's make fantastic bait ships. But, unable to resist the boys will almost always poke it to see. In this case it was a newbie who lost his ice mining vessel quickly.
At times I get a sense that the angry Oddelulf newbie thinks that we spend our time dancing around a bonfire in body paint and feathers, chanting and singing to our pagan gods as we display pieces of the Procurer's shattered shell. The concept that we only kill his ship because we can do no better makes sense if we were out shooting things to prove something about prowess. But we're not. The boys hunt because it is what they do. It is who they are. If he had not become so angry and determined to live in Oddelulf and continue to ice mine he would only be another kill on the killboard.
Eve is spoken of as a social game. Playing it alone often (I will not say always) leads to people leaving the game. Finding a social group often (I will not say always) leads to people staying and enjoying themselves more. The game speaks to numbers on many levels. People find themselves enjoying playing with the people that they have formed a social circle with. That socialization leads them to do activities together. People mission, mine, and PvP together.
When the fleet catches and kills a mining ship there is a general, "good job" that goes around. The good job is not because they fought tooth and nail, avoiding the darting blades of mining drones and the intense searing heat of the strip miners. It is about the hunt and the kill. The socialization of it. Holding a kill or a pod is not about feeling good about beating up a helpless pod. It is about sharing what you do. Its inclusion. It is having fun. It isn't about killboard stats. If anyone pays attention they'd know that the more people on the kill the less the kill counts by the killboards. Socializing the kill damages the killboard stats. Pressing the pewpew buttons with friends is fun.
Of course I cannot stop the comments. I won't change the minds of the world with my musings. I doubt those that ask, deep down, really think that we're amazed with ourselves. I say doubt because I cannot say I'm sure. I've seen enough smack talk and bragging over people killing frigates with instalocking T3 camps to not doubt the ability of a ship kill to boost moral.
But moral is the groups interaction. It is lovely to call out and have the entire online corp empty out of the station to come and help or come and share. People make pleased sounds as an entire fleet undocks and what was one person is now nine. That often metamorphoses into a kitchen sink roam and many fantastic fights build up from there. It is not because people are scared. Or, to be precise, my people. I know of groups that will not undock without higher numbers then another. And groups that will not undock to near other's home systems. I must caution myself in my enthusiasm and remember that not all of Eve is my social group.
But, for us it is socialization. It is called kill whoring for a reason. The call is, "come and whore on this kill". It is a social cry to come and share. The request is, "let me whore on this kill". It is not, "Let me buff my killboard to levels of 133t badassery thanks to this pod that seven other people shall also join in upon and the terror and awe of my personal skill that it will invoke."
I often struggle with the duality of my life in low sec. I understand that we make people unhappy. I also understand that the people I fly with are fantastic. The people that we kill often do not think that. I can not judge them for that. It is hard to turn around and go, "You are such an amazing person" to your attacker. While that response may not be uncommon inside of our social circle it must be noted that inside of it we function on similar levels of play style.
So. Yes. We kill things to kill things. We do it because we enjoy it. It is not always about challenge and fleet but about pewing all the things with enthusiasm and people that you like. It all sounds wonderful to me but the angry newbie does not want to hear it. And how angry is the Angry Oddelulf Newbie?
Angry Oddelulf Newbie> Hey look, it's Dave LoserThe mad scale reads: 11
Dave Lash > lol
C'tan stormbringer > eesh, did you piss in his cheerios or something?
Dave Lash > well....sorta...he likes to mine in low sec...which is of course very dangerous
Angry Oddelulf Newbie> so what kind of douche baggery are you engaged with now?
Dave Lash > just flying around...killed some carriers earlier today
Havaclue > not so dangerous anymore.
Dave Lash > now just looking for dumb miners
Angry Oddelulf Newbie> so you can feel all big and bad killing unarmed ships? I know how challenging that is, you must be exhausted.
Dave Lash > carriers were not unarmed mate
Angry Oddelulf Newbie> no, but mining vessels are, dumbass
Arsikere > /emote sigh
Angry Oddelulf Newbie> your mom must be proud, as she empties your shit bucket and brings you more hot pockets.
Dave Lash > man you're a mad little bear
Dave Lash > I didn't talk about your mom at all
Dave Lash > meanie
Angry Oddelulf Newbie> not mad, just calling a douche bag a douche bag.
Angry Oddelulf Newbie> there's a difference
Dave Lash > souinds like mad to me
Angry Oddelulf Newbie> that's because you have an infantile mentality