Now here’s something we won’t see in SW:TOR.
The Mittani is again chair of the CSM. To celebrate he encouraged people to harass a player – whom is allegedly suffering from depression issues – to kill himself. No, really. These depression issues were leveraged against the player before in an attempt to exploit him over in-game resources. Playing a player’s real-life feelings in order to get ahead in a game. The article explains that CCP is taking it seriously and watching over said player.
To that player, whomever he is, I have only friendly advice: choose to be happy. There are those who would take it away from you, but it’s not within their power unless you give it to them. Choose to be happy. Seek shelter in friendship, bright lights, and cheerful music; maybe work a therapist in there and get into a physical activity. Something like hiking or intramural soccer. I hope you’re doing okay. If it’s EVE you really enjoy, I hope CCP gives you a life-time free subscription for two accounts and like a hundred free giant ships. You know, in a game-breaking way that allows you to pub-stomp Goonswarm out of the game.
CCP supports a player-elected body of player-representatives which has some influence on the direction the game’s design is taken. I say again, CCP supports this body of players; they wouldn’t exist or be speaking in a public, CCP-funded forum if CCP did not condone it.
Now let’s go on a snowballing slippery slope here. Assume the worst happens. A tragedy occurs and this player finally cracks. Now CCP gets its own headline on the New York Times about how their poster-boy, the Mittani, used their game and their support, to kill somebody. This isn’t like people killing themselves and each other over WoW because Blizzard isn’t putting those people on microphones at Blizzcon. This is not the kind of publicity you even want to think about; and, with CCP considering an IPO, I guarantee you they are thinking about worst-case scenarios like that one.
There is this other possibility; that the Mittani made it all up. Wouldn’t that be funny?
No, I didn’t find it funny either.
Bury this Mittani clown. Hang him out to dry.
And now, a public service announcement.
Suicide is tragic and a real thing. It’s not a demonstration of weakness; not if the victim is actually serious about it. Best case, it’s a cry for help; worst case, the individual may actually take an irreversible and regrettable action.
If the person has a plan on how to end it and wants to be alone DO NOT LEAVE THEM ALONE. Use the Internet and find a suicide hotline local to you. Honestly, even if they don’t seem to have a plan, it’s still a good idea. Get them talking to a professional; do not engage this issue alone.
May you never need this advice.