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My Apology

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The Mittani
State War Academy
Caldari State
#1 - 2012-03-27 00:09:18 UTC
This has been hanging over my head since Thursday when I stumbled away from the Alliance Panel with a vague sense that I had done something horrible. I didn't know the extent of how much of a shitheel I had been until today, when footage of the presentation went up. As many of you now know, I gave out the in-game character name of a Mackinaw miner if anyone had wanted to blow him up - except that I was so smashed that I didn't recall exactly what I said (as anyone who was there can tell you). When I came to the forums the other day and saw threads complaining about my behavior - not remembering what I'd said - I assumed that I was enduring the usual anti-Goonswarm trolls, and posted something like "deal with it~" in my usual "The Mittani" way.

Then I landed, and saw the article listing my actual quote.


I feel absolutely ashamed of my behavior at the Alliance Panel. It's one thing to play a villain in an online roleplaying game - when I post on these forums or on twitter, I usually do so as 'The Mittani', and do my level best to convince everyone that I'm an unrepentant space villain, as that kind of facade provides an in-game advantage to me and my alliance. But I am not that character in real life, as anyone who has met me can attest. I went way, way, /way/ past the line on Thursday night by mocking the Mackinaw miner at a real-life event. I, as a person, am not the entity that I play in EVE; I am not actually a sociopath or a sadist, and I certainly don't want people to kill themselves in real life over an internet spaceship game, no matter what I may say or do within the game itself. CCP may say 'EVE is Real', but EVE is not real - and the line between the game and reality should not be overstepped.

I'm relieved to discover that the Mackinaw miner is doing fine and mining away, despite being blown up by Goonswarm in-game. He deserves, and he has, my heartfelt apologies - here in public as well as a private apology. There's no excuse for what I did - while some might try to use my inebriation as a mitigating factor, I put myself in that compromised mental state, and the guilt of that is entirely mine.

If I could go back in time and not have included the slide mentioning the miner, I would do so. While the Eve Online character "The Mittani" would never apologize for any sort of villany in game, I myself, as Alex Gianturco, feel utterly ashamed and sickened by my behavior.


Aiden Andraste
State War Academy
Caldari State
#2 - 2012-03-27 00:10:35 UTC  |  Edited by: Aiden Andraste
Chairman of my heart~

Durr Hurrr Durr
Ivan Zhuk Likes Men
#3 - 2012-03-27 00:13:58 UTC

DelBoy Trades
Trotter Independent Traders.
Stealth Alliance
#4 - 2012-03-27 00:14:20 UTC
Goodbye Goon smugness of yesteryear (yesterday)

Damn nature, you scary!

WoT Misfits
#5 - 2012-03-27 00:14:48 UTC
Please everyone....let this go now.
Jada Maroo
Native Freshfood
Minmatar Republic
#6 - 2012-03-27 00:14:51 UTC
A surprisingly sincere apology. I approve.
Sang-in Tiers
Hedion University
Amarr Empire
#7 - 2012-03-27 00:14:52 UTC  |  Edited by: Sang-in Tiers
Is he trolling or is he not... He had a wizard hat on while talking about "The Wiz", coincidence?
Azriel Geist
Pure Victory
#8 - 2012-03-27 00:15:23 UTC
I'm cool with this.

<3 you Mittenz.
Caldari Provisions
Caldari State
#9 - 2012-03-27 00:15:25 UTC
Thank you for this.

PS Don't you dare step down, thanks.
Makenshi Drakonnen
Federal Defense Union
Gallente Federation
#10 - 2012-03-27 00:15:28 UTC
Chairman of my heart!
Mac Zehn
Caldari State
#11 - 2012-03-27 00:16:20 UTC
Does this mean the sacking of Jita is still on?
Kitfox Mikakka
School of Applied Knowledge
Caldari State
#12 - 2012-03-27 00:16:27 UTC
You're a good guy, man.
Rogan Otsolen
#13 - 2012-03-27 00:17:09 UTC
I'm man enough to give you credit for posting a public apology.
DelBoy Trades
Trotter Independent Traders.
Stealth Alliance
#14 - 2012-03-27 00:17:11 UTC
The Mittani wrote:
Just landed. Step one, apologize profusely. Step two, resign. Step three, send all my isk to the victim. Entirely my fault and unacceptable.

Still going through with it?

Damn nature, you scary!

Nymph Purchasing
Caldari Provisions
Caldari State
#15 - 2012-03-27 00:18:18 UTC
I had hoped for something like this.

In the space opera that is Eve I despise the goons and Mittani. They are the bad guy. Occasionally I might wish I could convert to that dark side myself, but overall I despise them.

Alexander, however, I appreciate as an effective leader who does *usually* appear to have the broader player base's interests at heart.
esc shk
Okay Sax
#16 - 2012-03-27 00:18:21 UTC
Mittens is like a Dose of the Clap.
Caellach Marellus
#17 - 2012-03-27 00:18:40 UTC
All that was needed to be said. Kudos for stepping up and admitting that you did wrong.

Just be careful before you do this stuff in future, the rest of the Alliance panel up till that point in your presentation was hilarious, just don't go flying over the f##king line.

When your gut instincts tell you something is wrong, trust them. When your heart tells you something is right, ignore it, check with your brain first. Accept nothing, challenge everything.

No Corporation for Old Spacemen
#18 - 2012-03-27 00:18:40 UTC
Sang-in Tiers wrote:
Is he trolling or is he not... He had a wizard hat on while talking about "The Wiz", coincidence?

His apology isn't a troll, but it's not sincere either. The initial reaction of "deal with it" was much more in line with what he'd like to say. He didn't realize how far this would blow up in terms of it being covered by mainstream gaming sites and figures this meandering apology will preserve his chairmanship and his account.

Knowing how CCP loves to cover for their golden boys, he's probably right.
Hedion University
Amarr Empire
#19 - 2012-03-27 00:18:41 UTC
Please do not step down Mittens! Straight
Test Alliance Please Ignore
#20 - 2012-03-27 00:18:47 UTC
"Sorry, but I will stay in this chair."

Yeah, of course. No consequences, just words, everything to save yourself.
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