Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Learning Cliff

OK, back to EVE Online now. Yesterday I gave myself some time to do some trade alt stuff as well as add a skill to Cozmik's skill queue. I have finally finished a lengthy PvE skill; Salvaging V was a bitch but it's out of the way forever. I know I didn't really have to push it that far because it is used only on Sleeper battleships in the deeper wormhole systems, but as there is a possibility that I may go back there I wanted it done. And now that it is done it's back to the meat and potatoes of a combat pilot, moar gunnery skills! Next in line is Sharpshooter V so I can get my T2 Large Artillery guns (already have autocannons), and then on to T2 Large Hybrids with a sprinkling of support skills; this will be followed by the purchase of a Megathron and/or Hyperion of course.

As I was mentionning in my latest post, and also telling my noob corpmate, I didn't feel like doing missions and I miss The PvP a little, so I said alright, let's do a basic PvP lesson. I'm not exactly great at lecturing and didn't have time to go too deep into the subject, but I wanted to cover some of the things that PvP veterans (which I still don't consider myself as) take for granted, like making bookmarks and safespots, high transversal speed approaches, scrambler vs disruptor, the effects of tracking, AB vs MWD, overview settings, that kind of stuff. In showing him the tackling approaches Si expressed the same wish I have and will always pray for even if it never makes it into the game: direct control over the ship instead of double-clicking all over the screen while turning the view. When I approached him from a 70 km distance to start a spiral that would end at my Taranis' optimal he overheard the clickfest I made over Skype and immediately asked me what the hell I was doing. When I told him what I did between the time I came out of warp to the time where the target is fucked, his only answer was "dude, I'm still learning the damn UI!". Yeah... I remember that feeling.

Not quite two years ago I was basically at the same point Si is in his career, but I had the advantage of a couple months of preparation for the monster that is EVE Online, and right off the bat I was thrown into a lion cage, and that cage got dumped into a pool of sharks, with frikkin' lazor beams I might add. The first roams I did I just couldn't shut up on Ventrilo because I had questions about everything, and at the same time receiving orders in broken english by some icelandic dude (hey Cerui!). When a target was called it was usually dead when I started approaching it, same thing with looting, and fleet engagements were usually a giant mess. But only two things helped me get better and that's time and practice.

But there's more than just practice to the learning cliff. A few days ago Si discovered the dangers of flying in Low-sec; he had bought a skillbook in a Pator Tech School, but the station wasn't in the system he thought. His brain was saying "Pator", but reality and the killmail say "Amamake"! For the record I will say that it was a pretty cheap kill though; a Harbinger was parked at the station undock point and was insta-popping frigs and destroyers coming out. Woo, big challenge there. I'm sure the pirate types reading this blog are better than this. But this lead into a discussion of fitting his next Thrasher... and OMFG that was scary. I know that Si is working towards my type of Minmatar/Gallente skill set, but this ship gave me the willies; when you hear "railgun", "heat sink", and "CPU usage rigs" while talking about the Minmatar destroyer, blood curdles and goosebumps appear. I'm happy to announce that this fit did not receive my approbation and the ship got the artillery treatment right away. But yes, I will need to have a beer with Si and do a good lecture on the wonderful tool that is EFT, and maybe show him Sisi so he can blow stuff up without consequence. Most probably this weekend.

Despite all the hardships of the learning cliff, Si Gong still has the will to go on and learn more about this great universe. I will keep on doing my best to keep him from hanging himself on that cliff, and avoiding that bulldozer pushing dead bodies off of it. When he started playing the game Si told me that he was never really big into reading forums and guides and stuff, but he's quickly discovering that EVE is not exactly like any other game he's played before. Let's hope I can make a scholar gamer out of him :)

Fly dangerous, and station games is for faggots.

o7

PS: if you aren't familiar with the MMORPG Learning Curve, Google exactly those words.

27 comments:

Dante Edmundo said...

Hi Cozmik -

I'm a straight guy but find offensive anyone who uses the pejorative faggot.

Given how hard it is for those who are gay to deal with the bigotry in society today - and having good friends over my life who were gay - I find the use of the word faggot about as offensive as the word nigger.

Anyway, because of this use I am dropping you from my blog roll and will no longer be following you.

Beowolf Schaefer said...

Jesus, lighten up Dante.

Cozmik, I'll be dropping you from my blogroll for bein a douche......but not really.

A Concerned Citizen said...

No, really. Calling someone a 'faggot' in a derogatory fashion IS as bad as calling them a 'nigger'. It's just a different form of bigotry.

Cozmik R5 said...

Oh well.

Kyle Langdon said...

Nice post mate. I do not consider myself a pvp expert in any sense of the fashion. Coming back from a break I do have a lot to relearn. The transveral trick will probably be the biggest hurdle (something I never did much anyway).

Maybe a skirmish some day and you can give me a refresher on it eh?

P.S. I know the word is derogatory but as some people would say freedom of speech encompasses all speech including the stuff that we may find offensive. That's all I have to say on the subject I don't want to get into a philosophical debate about it :P

Cozmik R5 said...

Thanks Kyle, and sure, let's scrim any time you want. I'm usually around Rens these days.

Yeah, I'm not gonna go into a big debate over one word because I have a foul mouth at times. If I'd have freaked everytime someone called me something bad I wouldn't be a gamer :)

Teister said...

You fucking little pansies...

This is his fucking blog, as lame as it is, and he can say what you like.

And have you not heard that you don't have to suck a big dick to be a faggot? You don't have to be a good decorator or a pillow biter that takes it in the ass.

The word faggot has evolved into something that doesn't necessarily means homosexual anymore. Hell, it used to mean a bundle of sticks once upon a time.

Allow me to use it correctly for you bitches:

Dante and Concerned Citizen are big giant faggots that should die in a fire, not for your sexual orientation, but for trying to be part of the PC Police on someone's blog. If you two would just get right with yourselves and come to terms with the fact that you like the taste of another man's hard cock in your mouths, you would probably cease being faggots.

Cozmik R5 said...

That's some unexpected support but I'll sure as fuck accept it.

Thanx T

o7

Letrange said...

Ah the cultural differences between craky old coots and emo types... Facinating

Spectre said...

Hey Cozmik,

Since the word "Faggot" is causing so much trouble, I was hoping I could key you in on some alternate but equally as intense ways of insulting folks who station camp. Try using such insults as:

"Cock-smoking dick lovers"

"Cunt-sniffing douchenozzles"

"Ball-loving ass-pirates"

"Dick-licking-shit-eaters-who-love-to-stick-their-dicks-in-other-dudes-asses"

All of these are much more civilized and way less offensive than using racial slurs and it means so much to us that you would be careful what you say. Words hurt after all! Thanks!!!

Cozmik R5 said...

"Ball-loving ass-pirates"

I'm gonna have this one engraved on a brass plate :)))

Anonymous said...

Whether it's immaturity or true hatred you need to stop and think for a second about what you're putting out there with your blog.

And remember this blog is a public blog. It's not a private blog for just you and your friends. There are no warnings about content or subscriptions required to prevent people from being exposed to hate speech.

And for those who cry that attempting to censor your parting statement would be infringing your freedom of speech, you should know that freedom of speech does not extend to "hate speech". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_speech. You are also expected to abide by the TOS laid out by the host of your blog: http://www.google.com/support/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=76312

You are now left with an option. You can pick a noble path and edit yourself, taking a single word out of an otherwise well written piece and take a small step towards reducing the spread of derogatory terms by gamers. Or you can leave it unedited and be a champion to the dregs of gamer society who will no doubt continue to support the initial word choice and attack my post as well as the previous concerns.

Anonymous said...

Heh, i love the butthurt posters.. "the blog are public!! My children could be reading!!"
tough, pull the internet plug and preach jesus, or the are dooomed!

A Concerned Citizen said...

You can use as much coarse language and put on as macho a persona as you'd like trying to distract us from seeing that you're a bigot, but the point remains that if he'd said 'nigger' instead of 'faggot' there would have been much more uproar, and you yourself would probably be part of it.

Anonymous said...

I support Cozmik and his slurs. People that want to play nice can go die.

Anonymous said...

I'm gay and I don't find it offensive in this context. I understand that faggot has moved from the homosexual connotation to a broader 'carebear/busybody/unlikeable' chap or chappette. It isn't saying that faggotry is negetive. It's different. Not unlike the word faggot itself, which is both a pile of sticks or a musical instrument, depending on what language you speak.

There are far worse things to complain about in this world.

Anonymous said...

I'd loved this guy defending the civil rights of station gamers. Lets make a protest in front of Google because they are permitting station gamers be offended by some bad bloggers in their products.
Fucking hell!!! Were this stupid people came from? In what planet do they live? but most important: When do they lose they sense of humor?
Do to youtube, find some George Carlin videos and have fun. Or you can watch some old stuff from Eddie Murphy or Chris Rock to see how they talk about black and gay people.

Chainer Cygnus said...

Oh my god. How dare you use the word faggot...it's almost like you were chastising people who play lame ass docking games.

Seriously though, it's a widely used word that is not generally found to be offensive to those of the Homosexual community. Now if he had said "Station Games are for Homo's" then yeah, you could say something. Politely. Getting your knickers in a knot over it is pointless.

So here's to the faggots who can't seem to stay the fuck out of the docking ring...

Cozmik R5 said...

ZOMG! One of my posts has become a threadnaught! Thx Spectre :))

Manasi said...

wow..just wow

Kyle Langdon said...

Confirming I posted in this thread before it was cool :P

Anonymous said...

You all are mistakend he was calling station campers the name of a much loathed food. Now if you all would please be kind and take your fucking medication I don't have to read comments by a suposedly straight person protecting his boyfriends social acceptability.

Bourreau said...

Reminds me of reading C&P.
Well done.

f0st3r said...

Posting to confirm I am a flaming homosexual and Kyle likes my penis.

He is a "DICK-loving ass-pirate"

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Lostoffworld said...

Rotflmfao-funniest shit I've read in weeks-was literally lolzing at work reading this-now keep in mind the moral majority (all 8 of them) will likely protest but.....I am fed the fuck up with the warnings and placards and laws protecting us from ourselves and from being offended!!! I propose we make a law identifying the term 'politically correct' as a hate term with appropriate punishment for the use or practice thereof - then it would not only be appropriate to call station humping faggots 'faggots' but really almost required to avoid the PC penalty

what ya think?

what ya think?

Anonymous said...

Military pilot faggot who paid a CHILD to allow him to suck his dick:::
"I'll let you drive my car if you let me suck your dick."
HE wanted to be the prostitute.
Military piliot, male prostitute.
How long did "Military pilot::Male prostitute" masterbate and think about homosexuality? A year? "Into his 20s."
After he enlisted in the military? Into his flight training?