Back in the day I was about as "carebear" as they come. I wanted nothing to do with PvP. It did not interest me in the least bit. It wasn't that I had a issue going up against another player. Quite the contrary. I have always been a huge fan of online FPS's. Once I started playing WoW and got into the BG's I started to enjoy MMO PvP. I liked the group oriented basis with a bit less twitch style gameplay. Like most people that PvPers label carebears I didn't have any interest in PvP because of the ganking and griefing. Basically, people who I like to call "Honorless Dogs". Please keep in mind that a honorless dog isn't a exploiter, they very well may be playing within the rules of the game. What it means is they are honorless dogs while doing it. Unfortunately, I believe that the majority of people that call themselves PvPers fall into this category.
1. We salute you Mr. "I'm going to attack you when your engaged with a mob" guy. Valid tactic? Sure, its not exploiting. Does it make you a honorless dog? Yep. Your a wanker.
2. We salute you Mr. "I'm 30 lvl's above you and I'm going to slaughter you with one hit" guy. Once again, Valid tactic? Sure. Honorless Dog. Yep. Look, its not my fault you used to get your ass kicked in high school. Go find the guy that was the one who was actually doing the kicking and one shot him instead. Or find out where he lives and put his name and address on a bunch of animal porn mailing lists.
3. We salute you Mr. "Me and 4 of my friends are going to kick your ass for no better reason then the hot chick in accounting that I asked out turned me down" guy. Everyone knows these people. The groups of high lvls that roam around jumping single players. Yep, your a honorless dog.
Wait, Whats that? I hear something... OH, it's the cries of the honorless dogs. "Dude, it's war, if the other guy is of the opposing faction then they are free game." Yeah, I know. In the last 4 years there have been plenty of times Iwould have been justified in shooting a 16 year old Iraqi kid that approached a checkpoint after he was warned but I didn't. I am not a honorless dog.
Next argument. "But a MMO isn't real war!" You are 100 percent correct. But that doesn't make you any less of a dick. I don't care if your role playing. It just means you are role playing a dick. I don't care if you would never do something like that in real life. Your a dick. It doesn't mean you wouldn't it simply means the internet gives you the ability to do it with out getting your ass kicked.
The reason I think I can speak to this is that I said I USED to not be interested in PvP. Then I played WoW BG's and now I am back playing EvE. Love it or hate it, PvP doesn't get much more hardcore then EvE. Because of this anyone getting ready to use the old "WoW BG's isn't real PvP so you don't know crap st00pid n00b!" argument can go ahead and shut up now.
The thing that makes me come to to the the conclusion that I have come to (The one stated in the title of this post) is that in my time playing eve (About 8 months) I have NEVER, NOT ONCE been attacked on terms that most would consider to be honorable terms. I'm belt ratting minding my own business. Im in a cruiser - Guy kicking my ass is in a battle cruiser. I'm in a battle cruiser - Guy ganking me is is in a battleship.
Don't get me wrong here, I love EVE and I love the PVP. I also understand that PvP in EVE is more about winning then honor (Hence the old EVE saying "If your in a fair fight your doing something wrong") HOWEVER, That doesn't apply all the time.
-A enemy fleet jumps into a system you control. Your not going to look at what ships they have or how many and then tell 6 of your guys to disengage to even the odds., You are going to open fire. This does NOT make you a honorless dog.
-You setup a gatecamp to control movement around space you control. This does NOT make you a honorless dog.
-You fly your battleship around 0.4 space ganking people in frigs and cruisers belt ratting. This makes you a honorless dog.
-You and 20 of your corp mates setup a gatecamp for no other reason then to blow up everyone that comes through because you like the pretty colors the explosions make and if you are REALLY lucky you might get to pod someone wearing +5 implants. Guess what, Your all honorless dogs.
It is my opinion that the internet truly brings out the worst in people. They say things to people they would NEVER say if that person was in the same room because they know they would get punched in the face. They act ways they would never act in public. But what I am really getting at is simply what I stated in the title. The majority of PvPers DON'T want a challenge. They want the chance to do something they rarely get to do in real life...Exert their will over others.