PvtClip wrote:That race analogy is an excellent one. I didnt know we had some serious racers in here and I totally agree with that comparison.
Roger Wilco Jr wrote:
As for the pirates, there should be a lot more risk. If I fight back, ok, maybe pvp is OK. But if I don't fight back and you murder me, you should get a huge bounty. And when you are caught, you should have your account frozen for 6 months. Maybe freeze it a month if caught just for piracy. And pirates don't get insurance. There should also be a much better police presence in areas where piracy is a problem, so they are more likely to be caught. I bet a little "jail time" and higher costs may discourage them a bit.
Khali Nephtys wrote:My suggestion to them is this, rather than blame Mobius for creating a place where people can play ED from a PvE and consensual PvP aspect, how about they create a group for pirates and those who enjoy the prospect of interacting with said pirates?
My view on most things in life is that anything goes, so long as there is consent.
Xebeth wrote:The issue with true piracy (the ones that just take some cargo and go) is that their placement is not relative to the risk/reward equation. Basically, real world pirates (Somalian for example) exist where there is little authority and high reward for the traders (avoiding Somali pirates adds considerable distance to the trade route thereby reducing profits), in ED pirates can exist anywhere.
IMHO system security should make it almost impossible for pirates to exist in 'high security systems', with the trade-off being that profits for traders are lower than those possible in 'low security systems'. If one thinks about it, if a system has poor security and high piracy, then it is logical that stations would have to pay more for their goods to encourage traders to take the risk - of course how this is balanced re open vs. solo/private needs to be considered, but I guess there could be more NPC pirates in these systems relative to the number of players.
The 'other' pirates are little boys (& girls) with poor self esteem who have a deep psychological need to feel superior. When one looks at the psychology of bullies (as I have as part of my work) one finds that there is generally some underlying issue, be it that they have been the victims of bullies themselves, they have poor social skills and therefore few (if any) friends, or they suffer from a lack of parental attention.
Unfortunately these are the ones who throw stones at ducks and pull the legs of spiders, so ED gives them a perfect consequence free avenue for them to vent their frustrations.
At best they turn into camouflage wearing loners who spend their days writing badly spelt drivel on the Mail On-line website, at worst the next time you hear about them is at a police press conference.
Of course this isn't the case for all of them by any means, some griefers are just dicks.
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