I’m getting a little of the EVE itch right now after listening to Shut Up, We’re Talking episode #43, which talks quite a bit about EVE from the standpoint of how it’s different from other MMOs past and present. I agree with many of the points made, and differ with others. One thing that struck me was that some commenter ripped into Karen for having the audacity to ask why the EVE community puts up with the various scandals, while at the same time playing EQ2, since SOE is the most underhanded bunch in software development, or something to that effect.
Now there’s a young man who needs to be hit a few times on the ass with the Board of Perspective. He’s apparently never heard of StarForce, or the various flaps that, say, Microsoft has been party to, or the instances of malfeasance at darling Apple. Or, indeed, much of anything outside the immediate sphere of MMOs.
Now, most of the various CCP “scandals” have been much ado about nothing, but so have most of SOE’s major cockups. SOE has certainly made more flat-out mistakes than CCP has, but they’ve also been around considerably longer as a company (inheriting plenty of reputation issues from Verant,) and have many, many more titles and development groups to keep track of. The question was not whether no other MMO publisher ever does anything shady or foolish, but why instances of such at CCP tend to blow over a lot more quickly and with a lot less community ire. In contrast, even the utterly trivial incident of SOE moving some characters from a test server to a non-PvP live server had people going berserk for weeks.
I am not, of course suggesting that either company has never done anything remotely questionable – both companies have. But certainly the notion that CCP is staffed entirely by diligent ethical paragons, while SOE HQ is filled to the back cubicles with mustache-twirling villains is pretty ridiculous.
Anyway… I’m catching up on MMO podcasts, which my iTunes had stopped updating automatically for some reason. Shut Up, We’re Talking is one of my must-listens, and I highly recommend it.