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Posted: Apr 1st 2012 6:18PM (Unverified) said

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I love reading brendan's articles, and all news related to Eve online from the massively writers.

IS this really the way to go? This just happens to be a very furious paced time for ccp, I think a better punishment would be for massively to make Brendan write more articles.

Posted: Apr 1st 2012 6:52PM Ref Minor said

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It was a clear case of incitement to cyber-bullying caught on video and broadcast.
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Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 8:34AM mikejr said

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I read Massively because it's more of a blog than a news site - gaming news is cluttered with generic marketese and crap.

I'm not hear for factual data, I'm here due to the emotional reaction the various writers have towards their given areas of focus - it goes well beyond generic news reporting and connection between writer and subject is a personal one, THIS IS THE APPEAL OF THE SITE.

If all future posts are going to be sanitized and over edited, my stay here will come to an abrupt end.
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Posted: Apr 1st 2012 6:22PM (Unverified) said

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"Jester asserts that these three personas clash terribly and may be incompatible and that the alliance panel talk slip-up was made from the perspective of The Mittani and not his CSM persona."

April 1st joke right? Sigh, that article was written on the 27th of March, maybe he forgot what day it was.

In hindsight it would have been nice if CCP just permanently banned this guy. Now we have his giant pitty party to, umm, enjoy.

Congrats The Mittani, you are now the poster child for those who wish to shirk personal accountability. Taking initial responsibility is step 1 (being caught in the act by thousands helps..), step 2 is accepting your (light) punishment with some dignity. Step 1 was ok, step 2 could use some work.. maybe next time.

Posted: Apr 1st 2012 6:25PM Plastic said

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Please tell me this is an April Fool's joke.

Posted: Apr 1st 2012 6:55PM Vandal said

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@Plastic The sad thing is that we honestly do not know. This kind of harassing behavior seems precisely in line with what started the entire thing.

If it is a joke, kudos to Massively for so expertly tailoring it. I'll come back Monday and hopefully this will all be a good laugh.
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Posted: Apr 1st 2012 7:50PM (Unverified) said

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@Plastic

I hope so too, because this is leaving a foul taste in my mouth. Alexander Gianturco cyber bullies a fellow Eve capsular for lols and Epeen and then gets caught doing so. Then instead of taking responsibility for his actions, he is now cyber bullying a media site for having the audacity to report about his initial cyber bullying?!!

Brendan and Massively both should not apologize for anything... at all. Alexander Gianturco needs to learn to grow the F up and take responsibility for his own actions. The more I hear about this guy, the more pathetic he sounds. Really, I hope the terms Cyber Bully, Douch*bag, Pathetic, etc... get forever tagged with his name.
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Posted: Apr 1st 2012 6:31PM (Unverified) said

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"Secondly, the use of the word cyber-bullying offended The Mittani, which I can agree with."

I'm confused - what was inappropriate? He was cyberbullying - he was bragging about it at the panel!

Posted: Apr 1st 2012 6:35PM DevilSei said

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He's agreeing that being labeled as a "cyber-bully" could offend someone, and that its in Massively's code of conduct to avoid personal attacks as such.

They also aren't saying he is or isn't now, though with the kind of illogical, immature backlash Mitt has shown, well... no reason to label a clearly black tuxedo "black".
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Posted: Apr 1st 2012 6:41PM (Unverified) said

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Lol for a while there when you googled his name(mittani's name) it came up with cyber bullying..... LOL
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Posted: Apr 1st 2012 6:47PM Stellar25 said

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@DevilSei The editor specifically says they are now being cyber-bullied.
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Posted: Apr 1st 2012 6:32PM DevilSei said

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Yeah...
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why people have this "sociopath" stigma associated with Eve Online, as well as why they don't believe Mittani's apology was sincere in even the slightest bit (me included).

It's honestly pathetic though the distance they go to attack someone like they did, specially when a good 99% of them do it simply because it's all anonymous.

So you take this week off Brendan, you order a mojito down on a beach in your comfiest Hawaiian shirt, and relax like Sam Axe.

Posted: Apr 1st 2012 6:35PM (Unverified) said

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This whole scenario was much ado about very little.

Nothing happened that doesn't already happen in the game every day, the only difference being here it was said in person.

And those of you people who can't seem to tell the difference between literal and figurative speech really need to take a step back from all of this.

The Mittani said a stupid thing and there was a stupidly large overreaction to all of it.

Posted: Apr 1st 2012 6:35PM (Unverified) said

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Shawn. Could you please explain why you consider "cyberbullying" to be an inappropriate description for Brendan to have used. Would just plain "bullying" have been OK? It is not a personal attack to call a bully a bully

I don't see what Brendan did wrong, quite frankly, and I'm sad that he's being punished for it.

Posted: Apr 1st 2012 7:03PM Irem said

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This. If The Mittani wants to look for places to point fingers where consequences for his actions are concerned, he should start at a mirror.
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Posted: Apr 1st 2012 10:01PM Cass Lie said

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@(Unverified) There is no such in EVE as cyber-bullying, at least not in the usual sense, because the whole game is built around it. Whining that you are being bullied in EVE is like whining someone is hurting your toon in MW3 - at best it serves as a source of amusement, which sadly went too far at this particular occasion. Mittani has crossed a line (and he acknowledges it), but only at a very specific point (encouraging others to harass a guy with suspected suicidal thoughts) which gets lost amidst the reporting noise.
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Posted: Apr 1st 2012 11:31PM Buhallin said

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@Cass Lie So... There's no such thing as cyber-bullying in EVE, because the entire game of EVE is all about cyber-bullying?

Uhm... Yeah. Okay.

And the EVE community wonders why it has such a bad reputation...
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Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 2:01AM Cass Lie said

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@Buhallin That is part of the sandbox nature of the game. If you really want to stomp on someone's other castle, the game lets you and oftentimes it even becomes necessary for your own survival. The way I see it, it is really like complaining first person shooter players are terrible people in real life, because they like to kill other real persons in a game.
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Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 3:17AM Buhallin said

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@Cass Lie Well, if the victims should feel the same as an FPS, then shouldn't the victors as well? EVE players like to brag on how much more intense their world is, because winning matters. But then losing matters, too. That's fine - it's what makes EVE what it is. Let's not delude ourselves, though. Way too many of EVE's players are there not to build themselves up, but for the opportunity to tear someone else down. Because making someone lose something they've worked for, well, that's the sweetest win of all, isn't it?
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Posted: Apr 2nd 2012 11:32AM Digestivo said

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@Buhallin
Your post illustrates what this topic is really about: It's not about EVE, but about FFA, full loot pvp.
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