I listened to PODDED Podcast #17 yesterday and once again titans were in the news. One of the hosts made the comment that when titans first were introduced to Eve Online that they were feared but now everyone wants to take them on. Titans are now considered trophies to the player base.
When I heard that, the first thing to pop into my mind was dragons. Whether the game is a paper and pencil game like Dungeons & Dragons or a MMORPG like World of Warcraft or EverQuest/EverQuest 2, everyone likes to kill dragons. Now, that kind of attitude is kind of insane. Dragons are the biggest, nastiest creatures around. You would think that players would want to stay far away. Instead, they fight for the privilege (sometimes literally on PvP servers) for the chance to kill them.
The same holds true for Eve's titans. Giant machines hosting the most powerful weapons designed to sweep away whole fleets with one attack, you would think players would be terrified of facing one. But players always want to face and defeat the biggest challenge. In fantasy games, those are dragons. In Eve, that challenge is the titan.