Life in Eve: A Quick Thought on the Mate War #eveonline

My Internet is out, so I'm writing this on my phone and don't have the time, patience, or keyboard to write out a long explanation of "the Mate War" going on in Eve right now. This post explains it sufficiently and briefly.

The tl;Dr version is that one guy, already on the defensive for screwing up, chose to change the subject during his dressing down by claiming that being called 'mate' was a comment on his sexuality, and declared war on a well-liked Alliance in game. This has backfired on him a bit.

Don't get me wrong: parts of the situation are very funny.

Here's what I don't think is funny.

He's (of course) being roundly mocked for misinterpreting 'mate' and declaring war over it.

But no one questions the idea that he's doing it because someone implied he was gay. People snicker and say 'no one called you gay, dude.' No one's saying 'so what if they did?'

How is it that being called gay is worth wardeccing over in the the first place? What kind of sorry, 1980s high school locker room are we in, that none of us even question that?
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