Neville Smit has an angry blog post on his blog titled Occupy New Eden:
Matterall, the host of the "Talking in Stations" podcast, invited me to join the panel on last week's show. He had read my posts about Fanfest 2016, and it seems we have a similar point of view on the event's content: essentially, we were both underwhelmed.He then goes on to list many ideas of what he would like see that would benefit players in high sec as well as tangentially those in low sec and null sec and wormhole space. He ends the post with:
During our conversation, I reiterated my complaint that the bulk of Fanfest's content catered mostly to the interests of players who operate in null security space. For those of us who dwell mostly in high-sec, low-sec and w-space, there was not much news.
The "Occupy New Eden" Manifesto
It is easy to complain about the current state of affairs, but that serves no purpose without a clear vision of how to improve upon the status quo. Those of us who play mostly outside of null-sec space are feeling increasingly ignored and disenfranchised. What would a better EVE Online look like for us in the 85 percent?
Some of this vision may apply equally well to null-sec space, but most of it is specific to options outside of 0.0. These are the kinds of things that the majority of players in EVE Online want to see developed and incorporated into the game.
I invite anyone who wants to see more attention and development allocated to the interests of those of us who do not principally play in null-sec to join me in this campaign. Perhaps it is time we finally get together, and start an "Occupy New Eden" movement. Perhaps then CCP might sit up and take notice of their largest subscriber constituency, and give us our due.
I am the 85 percent. Who's with me?
I'm not convinced, for three reasons.
First of all, I'm a firm believer that we should not identify ourselves by where we spend most of our time. I know a lot of "low sec" pilots with high sec, null sec, and wormhole alts for either mixing things up or making ISK. I know a lot of null sec pilots have high sec Incursion alts. Wormholers... well, they are just weird. The point is, content introduced in one area is typically a tide that raises all boats, at least by a little in some areas. For example, when the Encounter Surveillance System was introduced for null sec ratting, it opens up an opportunity for wormhole or low sec roamers to interact with null sec pilots in PvP scenarios, even if its just stealing some LPs.
Secondly, I feel that null sec has not beneficiary of direct null-only expansions from the deployment of Dominion in late 2009 to the jump changes of Phoebe in late 2014, which was a contributing factor to the stagnation and doldrums of that region for years. In the mean time, low sec and high sec got new special rats and exploration, crimewatch overhaul, bounty hunting (meh), Crius industry changes, new mining barges, new exploration content. Some of these things impacted null sec as well to various degrees, but for the most part it languished.
Thirdly, I don't think the changes and additions in Citadel expansion are null sec directed at all. Citadels will see widespread use in all areas of space for many different reasons. The capital changes impact low sec and wormhole space just as significantly as null sec, perhaps more so in some scenarios.
This is all not to say that we should not be pushing for the ehancements and additions Neville is pushing for in his blog. Quite the opposite, I think we should always push for improvements and expansions. But to say this expansion was Null sec focuses only is not something I agree with, and even if it was, I think its fair that some serious attention is paid to null sec for a bit.