There are white knights. There are black knights. If I want a game with consequences, I need black knights; players who are prepared to catch the unwary.
There are scams, where players are encouraged to hand over everything in exchange for rewards. Some of these offer double (or more) back. Some offer ideal PVE areas where ISK rains from the heavens (or belts).
To those that succeed in successfully scamming, congratulations. I don't want you in my corporation, but I can appreciate that a successful scam is a form of winning.
I don't want to be scammed, but I also want avoiding scams to mean something. We have received awox attempts, and at another time received an eviction attempt (close for the attackers, but no cigars). To me, our successful defences are all the more precious because we could have failed.
I appreciate success, both in game and outside of the game. There are players who want a buff to their play-style by nerfing certain modules. I like those very same modules, as I see them encouraging more than cookie cutter fits. I personally benefit from overuse of WCS, but that is a side issue. Sometimes we will disagree in game, other times we will continue our discussions out of game.
I accept and encourage that some times we get changes by in game actions, and sometimes by being forum or blog warriors. I support that those wanting certain behaviours to try to achieve them both in game and out of game, even when I disagree with the specific goals.
There has been a bit of buzz recently on the forums, on reddit and the blogosphere about a certain eve bonus room scam. Jester has encouraged us to listen to it. I am not willing to endure it. What I have read on the commentary (both for and against) satisfies me that I am as informed as I want it to be. I don't watch situational comedies, I don't want to listen to a first life family in distress.
An extract from the Eve TOS.
You may not abuse, harass or threaten another player ...
- You may not use any abusive, ... harassing, harmful, hateful, offensive, threatening or vulgar language.
There are those that wish a scamming lifestyle. Eve advertises itself as a place where players get to be bad. Eve needs bad players (both in skill set and in ethics).
The scam victim lost all his in game assets. Congratulations to the scammer.
However, they crossed a line, with their actions harming someone not even playing Eve (the wife). At some stage, any reasonable person would call this harassment and bullying. Yes, holding someone's virtual assets hostage and using that to coerce them into humiliating acts and dominate them is bullying, even if you never intend to return those virtual assets. Using teamspeak to claim you are out of game is sophistry.
- I support Jester's right to call on out of character consequences.
- I support Gevlon's call that, as a player, if Jester does not like it, there is an in character response.
- I even support those having a dissenting view.
My opinion is that, in Eve, scamming should remain a profession. While the consequences for the victim (if any) remain in game, then so should the consequences for the perpetrator (if any) remain in game.
When the consequences spill outside the game, adversely affecting players outside of Eve (as alleged in this instance), then I support the Eve TOS being applied. I have read that the victim did threaten the scammer. An Eve holiday should be in order, for both perpetrator and victim.