TL;DR: A continuation of my recent rash of argumentative communication on random topics.
Upon Rubicon's release some persons of my close acquaintance have taken it upon themselves to go and explore the mechanics of high security space as related to deployable, player owned, structured. Their exploration may be different from some others. They are stalking the high sec mission systems for those aggressive enough to defend their deployed, property.
The subject of griefers and griefing is one I'm hesitant to write about. It is emotionally charged and often leads to more reactive responses then thoughtful ones. I also know that my opinion is skewed. I play with the griefers although I am not interested in griefing. All of the negatives things that I hear said about them makes me raise an eyebrow because I know the person being referred to. The opinions on why people grief and what they get out of it and what that means about them as a person are often wrong. The communication gap between the two is enormous.
It is an absolutely terrible topic to work over, objectively. I, for instance, don't like when someone does not honor a ransom. However, I know someone who was not honoring ransoms because they needed to acquire ISK. They ransomed and killed and took both ISK and loot because that was their goal: as much ISK as they could make off of their target. I didn't like it but it was not me doing it nor was I forced or encouraged to do what they were doing.
The reason I picked the subject back up was because of a blog post where a post of mine was referenced and a corpmate used as an example. I have zero need to defend my corpmates. They are all grown ass adults who make their own decisions and I do not know a single one that needs me to come and defend them from anything. Yet, I have been argumentative of late and not inclined to shut up as much as I, perhaps, should.
I am unable to focus on the topic of griefers in Eve because I am neutral to it. I can only assume it is a result of my close relationship with so many that grief as a part of their game play. For all the words spoken, someone can still not know someone if they do not know them. I can discuss the merits and amazingness of all of my acquaintances to my hearts content but none of that will sooth anyone.
Instead of approaching that I had another question related to the entire topic and indeed the blogpost that started this rambling stumble across the landscape of definition. I want to know why mercenaries are not griefers and why accepting ISK to do a job for another person removes the aspect of griefing from the actions.
I know griefers who grief and griefers who random and honor their ransoms and griefers who ransom and don't honor their ransom and people who are not griefers but do enter into a playstyle with the goal to make ISK although those are few and far between.
Is it the concept of enjoyment and pleasure in the act of griefing instead of a doing a job one has been paid for? Is griefing only griefing when approached from a particular direction or is it anytime someone goes out to ruin someone elses day. It is well problem that one can grief the griefer and this is often seen as justified and fitting to the crime of making other people miserable.
I have no problems with mercenaries. It is one of those areas of Eve that I would be attracted to. Nor, do I think mercenary groups are by definition, griefers. I am asking a question not based off of moral judgement but comparative questioning. If one is okay and the other is reprehensible and they both cause their targets great misery, why is one okay and the other not?