BB #54: Perception of Heroes

Welcome to the continuing monthly EVE Blog Banters and our 54th edition! For more details about what the blog banters are visit the Blog Banter page.

Today’s topic comes Diaries of a Space Noob blog and other sources:

Quick post. I was listening to a song and a question occurred to me. Where are the EVE heroes? Against a dark background surely all we have are anti-heroes? A lot of mockery is aimed at any who attempt to be white knights. EVE is a dark place and yet pretty much all other MMO’s try to place the player in the role of some form of hero, boosting the ego and taking the player out of the humdrum 1 in 7 billion that is RL. Why have I fitted into EVE? Did I never want to be that? So I guess my question is:

Do classic heroes exist in EVE? Is such heroism even possible in EVE? How would you go about being one without opening yourself wide open to scams? Is the nature of the game so dark that heroes can’t exist? How do you deal with that irony? What effect does this have on us and the psyche of new players coming in from other MMOs? Is it something special that we don’t have classic heroes, or should we? Are our non classic heroes more genuine?

And I would add to this, who have we elevated to the level of larger than life heroes ourselves in the game, and do they actually deserve it?


Do heroes exist in eve-online? This is an interesting question but it can be answered fairly easily. The Merriam-webster dictionary defines a hero as: as a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities or a person who is just greatly admired. While this definition is a little broad it tells me that heroes do exist in eve-online. Plenty of players commit brave acts even if they aren’t always noble. We might not all like the heroes that exist but there are many eve-online players who are admired for what they have accomplished.

Many of the leaders of null-sec in eve-online came to power because they wanted something more for their corporation. They might have been looking for wealth, power, territory or fights and their corp mates supported them or they would never had made it into the leadership role. Many of these leaders are seen as heroes and in many cases they are to their members. Before it gets said this does applies to all leaders, some are see as ‘evil’ and some are seen as ‘good’ but in the end it really just depends what side you are on. I am sure that members of the CFC see their leaders as heroes and the same is true for their enemies. These corporations admire their leaders for brave acts usually from attacking their enemies. The players don’t expect their leadership to jump on a grenade for them but they still admire them for what they represent. Often they admire them for their moral views even if they aren’t exactly good morals, which leads me to my next point.

Eve-online is a pirates game, it caters to players who like to live on the darkside of games. Players who like to steal, kill, and meta-game to achieve their goals. This is promoted in eve videos and by players in the game which creates a game that continues to lure players into the dark side. So heroes as they are known in real-life are not necessarily represented the same in eve-online. I do think that heroes exist on both sides of a conflict and while one might be ‘bad’ and the other ‘good’ they still can still be perceived as heroes. Which in the end is all that really matters, you might wrong players in every move you make, but some players will see you as a hero.

Perception is everything, many players in eve-online are seen as heroes. Players could tackle a titan, fight outrageous odds, steal from players disband alliances or do numerous other things that would get them see as heroes to others. These are not all noble or good things, but perception of what is good in eve-online is not the same as the perception of good in real life. I know that there are popular eve-online players that have done a lot to change the eve-online universe but whether they deserve the status of hero is up to the players and their perceptions of the events that occurred.

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