One of the most common labels that I see clumsily associated with piracy in New Eden is the term 'asshole', especially when aimed at the individual and not the profession. Now I don't think I have ever called anyone an asshole, not in life and certainly not in a computer game, and I don't feel like anything would ever get me so mad as to warrant using the word. There must be some real angst involved for the victim to resort to flinging these 'insults'.
But it isn't just in the heat of the moment, oh no. In general media, in guides and the like, when people are offering out advice against piracy I will see the term asshole used to describe the pirate on numerous occasions, almost in every article in fact. This always raises a smile but at the same time I have to question the intelligence of the author of these words.
Are all pirates assholes? How do you even define an asshole?
I think some people must believe that there's some twisted and evil anti-social freak lurking behind the keys, foaming at the mouth and waiting to pounce and steal their stuffs. Is it beyond the realm of comprehension to imagine that there's actually quite a nice and friendly person just playing the game in a different manner to the one that they are playing? Why does their playstyle make them an asshole?
I don't understand this term and perhaps never will.