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BB24 – Do unto others…

January 15, 2011

Welcome to the twenty-fourth installment of the EVE Blog Banter, the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created by CrazyKinux. The EVE Blog Banter involves an enthusiastic group of gaming bloggers, a common topic within the realm of EVE Online, and a week or so to post articles pertaining to the said topic. The resulting articles can either be short or quite extensive, either funny or dead serious, but are always a great fun to read! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed to crazykinux@gmail.com. Check for other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

This month’s Banter topic comes to us from the ever helpful Eelis Kiy, capsuleer behind the “Where the frack is my ship” blog. She asks: How does your real life personality compare to who you are as a character in EVE? Does a good leader of people in the real world make a good leader of pilots in game? Or vice-versa? Do your real-life skills help you with the roles you fulfill in your corporation or alliance? Or do you behave completely differently? Does the anonymity of the Internet allow you to thrive on the tears of others in New Eden whilst you work as a good Samaritan away from your keyboard? Or are you as mean outside of your pod as you are inside it? Have experiences in EVE Online affected your behavior, skills or attitudes outside of the game?

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Well, here’s my two cents: it in part depends on how you view your characters. I have a certain degree of alt-itis, but have found that over time that the alts have become less and less separate from the other.

This is because once you get over a certain, fairly large, number of skill points, you are effectively doing the same things. Perhaps different flavors due to the racial ships you fly, but mostly the same. The alts have become tools to achieve certain ends within game.

In essence, they really are an extension of me, and with the possible exception of the strange urge to yell over TS “For Empress and Empire!!!” when charging into battle with my Amarr character, there really ain’t much difference.

That coupled with certain moral values that I can’t seem to get past means I’ll never be a pirate (as an example). How is this reflected between EvE and RL? Well, even in game I don’t like to pod. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth. War is the obvious exception, or if someone is attacking me or my friends, corp mates or alliance mates.

In RL, I would not want to be responsible for taking someone’s life. Oh, I’d hurt people, there’s no doubt about it, especially if my family or friends were under threat (leave now before I pull your spleen out through your nostrils…), but to kill? That’s totally another story.

Also have this weird altruistic streak that means I get a huge buzz out of saving someone from certain ship loss. Again, another one of those reflected in RL things I can’t seem to get past. To stand by idly isn’t really in my nature. Especially if someone is hurt.

Perhaps it really does just come down to the old adage: Do unto others…

Fly smart

H

List of participants:

1. EVE Blog Banter #24: Be, all that you can be, and so much more!
2. BB24:RL + EVE = | A Mule In EvE
3. Freebooted: BB 24: You Talking to Me?
4. where the frack is my ship?: Blog Banter 24: Behind the keyboard
5. (OOC) CK’s Blog Banter #24: I Am Prano. « Prano’s Journey
6. mikeazariah » Blog Archive » BB24 Who are you, who hoo woo hoo
7. Drifting: The 24th EVE Blog Banter (January 2011 Edition) – Topic: EVE and Real Life
8. Victoria Aut Mors » Blog Archive » Eve Blog Banter #24 – Where Eve Meets Real Life
9. Who is more real?? « The Durzo Chronicles
10. Captain Serenity: blog banter #24 – Personalities
11. Confessions of a Closet Carebear: EVE and Real Life (EVE Blog Banter #24)
12. More to come….

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