Most players in EVE follow a predictable path from Carebear to PVPer.
Typically, a player starts out with mining and missioning, then maybe they go "anti-pirate" for awhile (which doesn't really work until you are better than the pirates), then they slowly fall into piracy themselves.
The funny part about EVE is that most players start out by thinking that PVP and Piracy are morally wrong, yet they end up becoming pirates themselves.
EVE seems to bring out everyone's inner Griefer for some reason...
I admit to doing my share of griefing. Everything from can flipping noobs to gate camping to ganking people in highsec. I've done it and I've enjoyed it.
BUT... I like to believe there is some Honor in EVE and I have a few rules that I never break no matter what.
- Always Honor a 1vs1 that has been agreed on.
- Always Honor Ransoms.
The biggest reason for this is because if you don't honor them you will never get them. If someone has been ransomed in the past and the pirate did not honor the ransom, they will never pay another ransom. If someone has been burned in a 1v1 they will likely never do another.
I think as a whole all of EVE should honor these two rules, because they benefit everyone.
Example: I ransomed an Orca for 180 Million ISK (cheap I know) with my 1 million skill point alt recently.