Massively multiplayer online games featuring open world PvP are on the
rise. There's simply no denying this fact as href="" target="_blank">EVE
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are gathering up hundreds of thousands of players into their blood
soaked confines. But why is this happening? In this week's In the
Trenches commentary, Cody "Micajah" Bye explores five reasons why he
thinks open PvP MMO forums are gathering momentum. Check out his
opinions, then head to the forums and give us your own thoughts on the

Hostility Feeds Off Hostility
– The most obvious theory in my list points to the natural
flavor of
these players and their desire to have more of it. It takes a special
type of person to play in an open PvP game: the vast majority of open
PvPers seem to take pride in their skills while also being eager to
jump into the fray with anyone that steps over that imaginary line.
These players are like that guy in your local bar that is always
itching to be the first one to throw a punch, even when the offense is
little more than a spilled drink. These individuals attract more of
their kind simply by existing, and the same can be said about the
uber-aggressors in open PvP communities.

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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016