Friday, January 11, 2013

Blog Banter 43 - The Nosy Gamer Awards

At the turn of the year in meatspace, award season starts to spin up. Across the general media, folk are encouraged to look to their peers and recognise excellence and inspiration from the previous year.

For the past two years I have attempted to do the same for EVE by distributing imaginary Free Boot Awards to an eclectic assortment of community luminaries. This year I thought it might be nice to expand the concept.

For Blog Banter 43 I would like to invite every participant to nominate their peers for whatever awards you think they deserve. Let's start the year with some EVE-flavoured altruism and celebrate the best and the worst of us, the funniest or the most bizarre, the most heroic of the most tragic of the past year. They could be corpmates, adversaries, bloggers, podcasters, developers, journalists or inanimate objects. Go nuts.

There's only one rule: no narcissism allowed (so step away from that mirror and resist the urge to nominate yourself).

Other than that, if it's great, let's celebrate.

Banter On.

- Seismic Stan, Keeper of the Blog Banters
In all my time writing about Eve I've never participated in one of Seismic Stan's Blog Banters.  But since the subject for this month is to celebrate others I thought I'd go ahead and jump in.  Some of my picks may surprise because I look at things sort of sideways to the Eve universe.  So am I thinking outside the box or just clueless?  Let's find out.

The Darwin Award - The Live Streaming Botter.  Some people apparently do not believe that botting in Eve is against any rules.  One of those foolish people decided to live stream his game play while he was working on the code for his bot.  Not only was he banned but he also lost his job working at Eve Hold'em.

Best Blog To Show Someone Who Doesn't Play Eve - Eve Travel, Mark726.  If you haven't read Mark's blog, do it.  While Eve is known for the skullduggery of its players Mark brings out the hidden beauty along with some history that could appear to even the most hardened Star Trek fan.

Most Entertaining Blog - A Missioneer In Eve, Mike Azariah.  I love the Eve fiction/out of character lesson posts that Mike brings to us on a weekly basis.  An honorable mention goes to Sugar Kyle's Low Sec Lifestyle for her take on a pirate's life in the Minmatar Republic.

Most Influential Blog - Jester's Trek, Ripard Teg.  If someone can name a more prolific Eve blogger with more well thought out posts, please let me know.  Love him or hate him, he does get the conversation and ideas flowing.  An honorable mention goes to Rixx Javix' Eveoganda and his campaign to return the frill to the Vagabond.

Best Talk Show/Podcast - DJ Wiggles, Eve Radio.  In 2012 Eve Radio tried an experiment with three four audio streams which created opportunities for talk show hosts to emerge.  DJ Wiggles emerged with the strongest talk show of the pack with a quality that pulled it ahead of the podcasts that get a chance to edit their shows.

Best Talk Show Event/Podcast Episode - DJ FunkyBacon, Eve Radio.  DJ FunkyBacon completes Eve Radio's sweep of the audio categories of my awards for one of his shows covering the aftermath of Panelgate. The show in question featured The Mittani and columnist Brendan Drain discussing Drain's column in which he described The Mittani's actions as cyberbullying.  For those interested in the direct confrontation between the two it is posted on Soundcloud.

Best CSM Member - Hans Jagerblitzen.  I don't follow the CSM that closely but between everything that happened with faction warfare and the energy he has displayed over the course of the year, Hans is my pick for best CSM member.  I don't usually visit the forums where all of the serious CSM discussions traditionally occur but I see Hans everywhere I normally pay attention.  Without Hans' presence in new media I would definitely qualify as a low information voter when the next election is held.

Best Eve Developer - CCP Stillman.  In a year in which CCP Fozzie led a massive and highly popular ship balancing effort and CCP Veritas continued to do stellar work in the war on lag plus revamp the tournament UI, I chose CCP Stillman for some of the less glamorous work he does in the War on Bots.  During 2012 the automatic bot detection program continued to improve to the point that bots often do not run in space for more than 6-8 hours a day.  Of course some may not appreciate his work as he was the developer who delivered the message at Eve Vegas that Team Security would begin looking into the involvement of alliance leadership in illicit RMT operations.  But Trion's recent problem when they let their staff take time off for the holidays and returned to find RIFT overrun with bots.  CCP Stillman went on vacation during the same time and I didn't see an increase in bots in Eve.  His automation works.

Most Valuable Player - The Mittani.  Is there really any other choice?  The leader of the CFC, his efforts to keep his troops engaged between offenses gobbling up null sec resulted in such events as the Gallente ice interdiction, Burn Jita and the perpetual Hulkageddon.  The creation of OTEC forced CCP to make changes in alchemy in order to break the cartel that was pushing the price of  technetium to record highs.  But perhaps more importantly is his decision to maintain a culture which seeks allies not renters to live in his coalition's space.  People usually try to copy success and with the HBC following The Mittani's lead the role and expectations of those wishing to live in null sec may have changed for a very long time.

[Update: 13 January 2013] - Here are some of the other posts from those participating in Blog Banter 43.

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