Tobold Defines Evil

No. Really.

…only holds up as long as we are talking about avatars doing in-game action against other avatars, with no deeper emotion involved between the players behind the avatars.

Let’s take this a step further. What if the GAME is actually designed to cause this type of competition? American football is a contact physical sport and injuries happen, because players are hitting each other as hard as they can. If it makes the other guy go down, that’s sad, but it’s part of the game. Competitors always go for absolute victory. Going for a complete win, where the enemy won’t ever even come back to challenge you again, means using everything you have. It’s a way of looking at things so foreign and strange to people like Tobold, that they call it evil.

Evil is something different I think. Like purifying comments to maintain a particular image and silence voices of dissent.

But hey, that’s just me.

Edit: Some fun blog responses so far (I’ll try to link more as the day goes on, but meh, Friday, no promises).

You don’t know Evil

Is *blank* evil? No, just stupid

Swimming in Tears

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5 Responses to Tobold Defines Evil

  1. True evil has a pretty face. Of this I am sure.

  2. Heyo. thanks for the link love. :)

  3. Pingback: Swimming in tears « Hardcore Casual

  4. Bristal says:

    Although I also found the use of the word “evil” by Tobold to be over the top, your particular analogy of american football falls apart with the recent action to censure a coach for authorizing cash bounties for injuring opposing players.

    There are rules and lines in the sand for all things. There are clean hits and dirty ones, and all true sports assure that all participants have the same rules.

    When anarchy reigns like in EVE, the ones with power will always lord over the weak, and assholery will flourish. Some will get a thrill out of that atmosphere.

    I’m most disappointed in Syncaine because many of his recent posts about EVE seemed to be aimed at getting new players to try it out. He went on about how fun and amazing it is. And now his message is, “Hey, the game is brutal on soloers and noobs, deal with it.” Was he just trying to recruit more content?

    I don’t feel like I can trust him anymore as a blogger.

    • Shadow says:

      I used the analogy with that particular action in mind actually.

      And EVE is brutal on noobs, and FAR more difficult on true soloers (one person, one account). Shocker, new people and anti-social types will find it difficult to advance in a hardcore multiplayer game. I don’t see a problem.

      The only dirty thing done in this situation was being a dick to a CHARACTER who tried to use emotional manipulation to get his way. If someone ever kills themselves over the things that happen to them in a game, they shouldn’t have been playing in the first place, and probably would have found any excuse to do it. I have zero tolerance for the people who use that kind of behavior and LESSEN the severity of the real problem that suicide is. Evil is The Wis getting away with a perpetuation of behavior of REAL LIFE emotional manipulation which just got further reinforced by the undo attention this entire affair has given to him.

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