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?
How do I compare to Mem? There really isn't a big difference, if at all, to tell you the truth. My view of actions dictates how I am no matter the environment. This is why I have an issue with ninjas and griefers. I uphold my values, those leaning toward honor, respect, and dignity in the game as the "Good Samaritan" that Eelis calls it. The anonymity that the internet has given to the world has, in my opinion, been one of the worst things to affect society in this century. Go to Youtube and read the flaming comments on any given video, you'll lose brain cells for it. Simply because the game mechanics allow it, I do not turn into some douchebag that's out for the tears of others. I cannot tell you how much I hate people that feed on the misery of others. I've been told my sense of justice is rather strong and I guess it is since I see things as black and white in life.
It's not like I think the person behind the keyboard griefing is a terrible person because of it. I don't know them so I have no place to make that judgement. But actions are what show me one is capable of such things. Is there something in people's lives that they need to have such an outlet? Not a clue. But it's not something I could do myself. But Mem, you live in Wspace, how do you reconcile what you do there? That is something that has come up in the corp as idle chatter a couple times. How do I think of it? Simple. Wormhole space is lawless and uncontrolled. Those that go into it and establish a life there effectively forfeit all they have by doing so and accept the risks. The ships I have in wspace are already written off in my head. My Gila has been quite lucky on a number of occasions, but if I lose it I lose it. So if you are mining or roaming wspace and I blow you up, it's not something that is outside my bounds. You're simply my prey at the time. Those getting blown up may feel otherwise, but theres no CONCORD, there's no law. Those that gank, steal and grief in highsec are breaking specific laws intentionally. It may be getting into RP quite a bit, but that is how it is. You may think that is sufficient, you may not but this is my .02 ISK for the Banter.
As to real life skills and abilities, of course. If one is charismatic in real life there is no reason it cannot translate to the game. They become corp or alliance leaders or great FCs and deservedly so. This may also be the case when developing skills in Eve that could be applied or the principle of the skill applied in real life. If you become confident in leading as FC, you can become confident leading a team on a project. Games can be a very productive form of entertainment or hobby. People have attributed stereotypes to gamers and mock games, many of whom don't blink at the thought of passively watching hours of television or movies. What we do is active, social, engaged, and in some cases demanding. Games are quite underestimated in my experience and opinion.
I do not think Eve affects attitude outside of Eve, but it may influence skills or behavior. The behavior one is a subject I am reserving for the next episode of New Eden Chronicles. Skills would only be strengthening social and leadership skills, perhaps refining diplomatic skills. Other than that, nothing that comes to mind for me.
Enough about me, though. What about you? How do things relate for you?
Thoughts by others on the matter:
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- BB24:RL + EVE = | A Mule In EvE
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- (OOC) CK’s Blog Banter #24: I Am Prano. « Prano's Journey
- mikeazariah » Blog Archive » BB24 Who are you, who hoo woo hoo
- Drifting: The 24th EVE Blog Banter (January 2011 Edition) - Topic: EVE and Real Life
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- Blog Banter 24: In Real Life « Yarrbear Tales
- The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Alt « the hydrostatic capsule
- Blog Banter #24 – Me « Roc's Ramblings
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