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This months topic comes to us from @evepress, and he asks: The CSM: CCP’s Meta Game? – The CSM, an eve players voice to CCP.Right? In the grand scheme of things yes, the players bring up issues and the CSM presents them to CCP. But in its current iteration the CSM was supposed to be given small authority to assign CCP assets toprojects that the CSM thought needed work on. As it has not come outthis was not the case. So fellow bloggers, is the CSM worth it, has the CSM improved the game in any way, or is it just a well thought out scamby CCP to give us players a false sense of input in the game? What’s your take?
I had a fairly long post about this or that issue in the CSM going back to before the current CSM meetings. That the CSM was too structured around a legislative process that is overly bureaucratic with proposals moving from the forum to the wiki to consideration to CCP. About reforming the idiocy about the CSM being a stakeholder and being more honest that it’s just an advisory body. Maybe forcing some diversity by requiring some members be from high sec, low sec, industry, PVE, and so on.
But events with the latest CSM has really put all that aside. The idea of speculating on this relationship has been superceded by CCPs actions which have laid that relationship bare for all to see: CCP doesn’t care a whit for what the CSM or Eve’s players says and it has no intention of doing anything but use the CSM for publicity.
For those who haven’t been following, the new CSM went to Iceland with the usual things, but really one top summation for which they had garnered an outpouring of support from the players: excellence. Or more simply put, fix what is broken. I think this is pretty much where most Eve players are. From the poor interface, to post-Dominion lag grinding nulsec warfare to a standstill, to the pointlessness of lowsec, to the painfully unfinished PI and Evegate, there’s a sense that there are too many broken things and resources need to shift on improving a great game, not adding new features.
CCP’s response was that was that this was very nice, but they were going to work on walking around pointlessly in space stations first. So they didn’t have time for anything else for about 18 months.
Think about that: the CSM was told their issues were not going to be able to be addressed because there were no spare resources to be allocated for anything new for a period six months longer than the year long term of the CSM.
Is there really anything more to say?