A View of the AAA Psyche from Test Space
by, 2012-09-18 at 09:45 PM (641 Views)
AAA seems to live and die by their KB and their ranking. They do whatever they have to do to stay in the top slot and their pride and egos are built on that foundation. I know we joke about killboards being green in Test, but corps and members are judged by them in AAA. You really only have to look at the chat logs that get leaked -- Test is like suicide bombers, their lives aren't worth anything, they'll just reship... sending mails to CEO's pointing out some of the hilarious fits that our members come up with... before the big 49- timer save that we formed 1100 for and AAA stood down, there were posts talking about how bad it was that Goons were #2 and that AAA pilots only had a few days left to push their stats up to prevent GSF from beating them for #1. Nothing else really matters to them in evaluating their position relative to other alliances and entities in the game and so from that perspective, they're actually right -- they really *are* better than anyone else.
The problem with basing your evaluation of yourself and your alliance on killboards should be pretty clear to everyone here -- it doesn't really work if you go out, fly around and die a lot. So you find yourself standing down when you're outnumbered rather than going out and having fun flying internet spaceships and blowing up. You avoid risk, you only take fights that you're almost positive that you can win, you fit your ships to enable you to run away if the tides turn rather than to dominate the fight (100mn Tengu Fleet). In short, instead of flying around and fighting and dying you spin in station until the math seems right. Not much fun at all, and leaves plenty of time to get frustrated and bored and start sniping at your "allies" in chat channels and comms.
As much as we love saying it, -A- really isn't shit. They're just playing a different game than the rest of us and not having much fun at it as far as I can see. If they could take off the killboard blinders and actually just go play the game they'd probably be a lot less bitter toward their friends and we'd all probably enjoy the game more for it.