The most recent allegations have been the most hurtful, whether they a true or not. I first read about it through a CCP dev blog in which they explained that their investigation had found no basis for Goonfleet's accusations - the corporation who had made the accusations. As expected, Goonfleet responded to the dev blog. Story started pupping up on various blogs, but it was my opinion that things would die down over the coming weeks. How naive that was!
I then got word through my Google EVE Online alerts of an interesting post over at 3dpointD.com which mentioned that CCP might be introducing some sort of community governance to help prevent future allegations of corruption. And this New York Times article which mentioned the creation of an elected player body (we now know they'll be 9) to be flown to CCP's headquarter to review and make sure that their operations were beyond reproach.
I an optimistic. I tend to believe the glass is half full and that CCP's effort demonstrate their willingness to show that they try to be impartial to the best of their abilities. The effort is genuine and I believe, will be well received by the majority of the community.
In the meantime, we'll just have to wait until this fall, to see how that goes. And if the player body will truly restore the faith of the community with CCP. I for one am of the opinion that it has a good chance of working.What do you think?
For those of you looking for further reading, here's a list of posts and articles that were covered by the gaming community:
- In a Virtual Universe, the Politics Turn Real (NY Times)
- EVE Online to have a council of elected players oversee the game (QJ.Net)
- CCP to Hold Ombudsman Elections For EVE Online (Gaming Today)
- EVE Online Players to Elect Anti-Corruption Inspectors (ShackNews)
- CCP to New York Times: We Will Hold Elections for EVE Online (The Escapist)
- CCP Bring Democracy To Eve Online (Kotaku)