Today's regularly scheduled post about fighting Solo in a team environment has been pre-empted by this lovely Tweet I received this morning from newly elected CSM Member FunkyBacon.
@rixxjavix @RossMP9999 Quite true actually. I've lost count how many times you post up kill stats extolling the virtues of SF, which is fine, good for you. When someone posts competing stats or talks about how theirs might be a little better, you like to toss up excuses, such as "The reason our KPP is lower is because we have those guys in highsec" (to name one when you were compared to GMVA), or how killboards don't matter, followed by a negative comment about people who are all about their killboards. Then within a day or two more kill stats are being tweeted, and then most recently asking the zKill devs about more tools to compare yourself to others on kill stats.
What bothers me here is not that you flaunt kill stats, and not that you don't like people who flaunt kill stats, but that you do BOTH. Look man, you either care about kill stats, or you don't. You either think negatively about people who care about kill stats, or don't. Caring about kill stats when it benefits your corp/alliance, and then pretending not to when it doesn't followed by negativity about people who love killboards makes you look hypocritical.
GMVA has a higher KPP than we do as well in that example above, but instead of making excuses and commenting about people who love their killboards (because I'm a person who generally likes our KB) I let him have that one, fair play. And now Ross, maybe you understand a bit better why I come down on Rixx just about every time I see him talk about his kill stats. A: He plays both sides. B: He gets REALLY spun up about it in a hurry, and the reactions are great. C: It's the right thing to do.
Some people see things in black and white. A thing is either one thing or another. Perhaps it is a testament to how many Eve players are analytical by nature, or tend to hail from engineering and technical fields. Whatever it is, I am not like that. And perhaps it is because I hail from a creative background, my experience demands that I see things from all angles, that I understand the motivations and drivers behind decisions that people make. That is, after all, the entire point of advertising and marketing.
Funky is having issues understanding my feelings in regards to killboards in Eve. Something I have written about extensively here on this blog, over and over again. Since those posts don't seem to have worked, I thought I would try something new and approach this from a different angle. Let's work together to educate Mr. Funky. Since he will be representing us all on the CSM, he really should start listening to what people are actually saying. And not hearing what he wants to hear.
I didn't invent KBs, they were around before I started playing Eve and I suspect they will be here long after I stop playing. I have zero control over them, they collect data with or without me. I don't own stock in any of them, nor do I have any say over how they operate. So I wash my hands over any and all responsibility for the existence of killboards.
I am a PvPer in Eve. Call it piracy or whatever, every day I do one thing in New Eden - I undock to fight other players with my ship. That's it. I don't mine, or rat, or run missions, or anything else other than engage in combat. I win some, I lose some. Killboards collect that data and display it for everyone to look at. They do this with and without my consent. Again, they've been doing that long before I came along.
I do not personally care about killboard statistics and I do not allow them to dictate how I play the game. At various times during my long Eve career I have allowed myself to care and I did not like how that affected my game-play. I learned and grew up, and changed my opinion. I have found this to be a much better and more relaxing attitude, and one that I highly recommend to anyone. It is hard for many people to believe this about me, and I respect your right to your own opinion. Your opinion doesn't change the truth however. I have learned enough about Eve over the years that I could easily play in such a way to increase my personal stats, increase my own rankings, and manipulate my own numbers. My not doing so is proof that my statement regarding my personal feelings are true.
I also happen to be the CEO of one of Eve's greatest Pirate Corporations. As such I serve as their greatest cheerleader and #1 fan. I am proud of our pilots and go out of my way to extol their virtues. I post about them, link their kills, and defend them both in space and in real life. I will always do so, even when it means taking heat, or losing a ship I shouldn't have lost. This is my job. The responsibility I assumed when asking people to join our merry little band. I take that responsibility seriously and will continue to do so. This is where some people lose the connection. How can I personally not care about KBs and yet extol those very same things about my Corp? Well that's easy - THEY ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS!
On top of all of that, I also happen to be an Eve Blogger. I know this is getting complicated, so please try to follow along. I also write about Eve almost every single day, nearly 1,300 posts in the last five years. That is a lot of content about a lot of different things. I stir pots, hold events, make noise, fuel fires, argue points, demand answers, poke fun, and generally cause some havoc. It is in the blog description and in the name.
So, let's recap shall we? I am indeed negative about people who care about their killboard stats. I think that is boneheaded and leads to risk-averse play. I am four-square against risk-averse play in Eve. I'm sorry, but I've made that position very clear over the past 1,300 posts and I'm not going to stop now.
On the other hand, I appreciate that many people take pride in their killboard stats. I am ALSO ok with that. I also happen to take some measure of pride in my own measily 3,787 kills. I don't let it dictate my play-style, but it does speak to the hard work and success I've managed to have over my Eve career. So sue me if you are unable to understand how two things can be true at the same time.
That duality is not hypocrisy, it is simply the way I am. A complicated, free-thinking, educated, and experienced human being who tends to rail against injustice, labels, and ignorance.
I yam what I yam and I do not apologize for it.
Pirata est liber!!