One of my favorite bloggers, Evehermit, has waded into the null-sec rental debate with a good solid post on the subject.
I am not sure about his final comment though:
“So if my thinking is right, renting would be accepted in game if there were many more groups you could look to rent from. It’s an interesting thought.”
It’s an interesting thought; but, in my experience, the hatred for renters is not dependent on who they rent from, but arises from the mere fact of their existence.
Just as the opinion of so many bigots and racists is based on sadly misguided principles and “Facts” about other people with different exterior features, the rancor over renters is based largely on the misconceptions and ignorance of a few.
So why is there so much hatred from the vocal minority on the subject of renting?
Like most conflict that humans embark upon, it all revolves around the usual intolerance; the hatred of “Ahhhh! Different!!” and the ill will of those who hate something simply because it either doesn’t appeal to them, or they don’t understand it.
Quite often, the hate only flows one way and this is most definitely the case here.
The accusations of “Killing the game” are coming from the usual corner, most of whom have been declaring Eve dead since the day after it first went live (eleven years now, but any day, you mark my words…).
The renters like myself are not filling the blogosphere with rantings of how the PVP’ers are a bunch of whining children who are “killing the game”.
Indeed, without the PVP’ers of null-sec, we would have no space to rent, nobody to sell our products to and nobody to try to kill when they pop in for a visit.
That’s right, we PVP. When the mood takes us, when there’s a chance of us actually killing someone, we will un-dock and have a go; but I digress.
As I have mentioned many times before, most of our members are very long-term players who simply have neither the time nor the inclination to play Eve the way others would have us play it.
We also find it endlessly amusing that others think that we are the “Cancer that is killing Eve”.
Let’s take a real life example of the mind-set we’re facing with this.
In real life, we rent a house. The kind of house we could only ever dream of owning.
The “owners” of the house live in North Queensland, working in the coal mines and living in a rented house that doesn’t even begin to compare to the one we are renting from them.
They are working long hours and struggling to pay the mortgage on the house we live in, in the hope that in ten years or so, they will be able to retire here and live the way we are living right now.
I sincerely hope that it all works for them, it would be a huge injustice if it does not.
In the meantime, however, my family is at little to no risk. If things go south for the mining industry here, as many pundits insist it will, then the current owners may change.
All the efforts of the current owners will likely turn to custard and they might very well find themselves with a debt of many hundreds of thousands of dollars and nothing to show for it.
Maybe the new owners will not renew our lease. Then we will move to another nice place and simply adapt, as we have done so many times before.
Whenever the question is asked at a social function, “So, where do you guys live?”, I always answer, “We’re renting a one acre property in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.”
Why do I mention that we’re renting?
Because when the eyes of the other person glaze over and they reply, “Oh, you’re renting…” I can move on and find someone with an imagination to talk to instead.
Owning your own home is a mantra here. Increasingly, people clinging to that outdated notion are losing their homes, their marriages and their minds with the strain of the financial pressure.
I choose not to live like that. I do not consider it a loss that I will never own my own home.
Do I despise people who do? No. I feel sorry for many of them and I congratulate the very few who actually do well out of it.
The situation of renting in null-sec runs quite parallel to this course.
So why the wrath and anger of the hard-core forum warriors? Why the accusations of “Killing the Game”?
Because many, like me, just want to enjoy playing the game under the circumstances that the rental system currently offers. And that is not the way they play. So it’s wrong, wrong wrong!
I’m going to use a very old saw here: It’s my fifteen bucks and I’ll spend it however the hell I want.
Under the rules of the sandpit, there is no right way to play Eve Online; you simply play it in the way that works best for you.
“Eve is a PVP game and you’re ruining it by not playing it my way”. Thus sayeth the haters.
Sorry, my dear boy. but you’re wrong. Very, very wrong. So wrong that your incorrectness could power a city for a week.
Your way of playing this game is your way, go at it hammer and tongs, with my full blessing. Play it your way until your fingertips bleed from excessive wear and tear.
In return, let others play it their way and all will be well.
There is only one group of people who can change the way we play, and they’re busy altering the face of industry.
Maybe you don’t like that either. You have a choice, with just two options.
Accept it all as it is, or stop playing.
Actually, no. There is a third option, isn’t there?
You could put down that Twinkie, brush the Doritos dust off your greasy Tee-shirt and get together with like-minded individuals to change the face of the game.
After all, it’s what Mittens did, isn’t it?
It’s all in the mind, you know.