“Why do you love EVE so much?” – CrazyKinux
For me it’s all about the escapism and the freedom. I just love pretending to fly spaceships. In real life I’m just a normal person. I’m 18 years old, 5’10” tall and perform fairly well at school. Nothing notable, just boring. Boring, boring, boring – Not enough interesting things to do. If I brought this up with some of my friends they’d go off on rants about how cool they are for getting wasted at the weekend or going out to gigs and how I should join them… And while I’ve attended gigs, alcohol doesn’t really attract me much. So while they’re out collecting injuries and STIs on a Friday night I sit and read (As I type this I’m taking a break from reading Hesiod’s Theogeny), watch a movie (with friends sometimes, I’m not *that* reclusive) or play EVE. I’m probably one of the examples of MMO gamers that many MMO gamers don’t really want the public to know about, I’m a total, complete nerd.
So for me getting the opportunity to just forget about everything and play internet spaceships for a few hours is really, really nice. I’m not some uber carebear, if you blow my ship up I will be annoyed but meh, I can get a new one. If you blow my car up in real life I imagine I’d form some kind of grudge against you. Unlike a lot of other EVE players I know, EVE was my first real MMO. I had played a game called Flyff (all I can say about this is LOL) but got bored of mindless grinding in a setting which wasn’t really that nice to look at. I’ve never played WoW or Starwars Galaxies or Warhammer/LoTR Online, so I imagine as far as MMOs went at the time I was fairly easy to please. I first started playing at the insistance of my Cousin (who to this day still bothers me through EVE and *STILL* owes me a month of game time that he promised me for signing up) and I basically thought I’d be climbing into a Keres and somehow stopping opponents from shooting my corp members. I really had no idea what I was doing. I lost my first ship, a Maulus to a NPC Sansha frigate in a DED1. As I played on a little I decided I wanted to specialise in drones, about half a year later I climbed into an Ishtar. Suddenly I decided I wanted to fly a Deimos, realised they were a bit… Crappy… Wanted to fly a Zealot, got one. Sacrilege, check. Arazu, check. Pilgrim, check. I can basically do whatever the hell I want, in Flyff if I wanted to swap between tank and casting spells it generally meant biomassing a character and starting afresh. In EVE, providing I have the patience to skilltrain, I can fly whatever, whenever.
I’ve read quite a few people say that EVE has no “grind”, I disagree. Every time I wait the best part of a month for a skill, I die a little bit on the inside. Atleast in Flyff you had newbs who were easily impressed by your large axe and glowy, heavy armour. If I fly my Ishtar into a newb system and sit on a gate I imagine nothing would happen… But I’d say it’s this special type of grind that makes it all the more fulfilling. You can’t get powerlevelled in EVE, to fly that nice shiny ship of yours you have to wait (potentially for months, potentially years) and have enough know how that you can avoid it getting blown out of the sky because once that ship is gone it is gone for good.
Of course there is the whole player interaction thing, I guess you EVE players are an alright bunch. The EVE economy quite frankly worries me (I always manage to buy things when they cost the most) and sometimes I think some nullsec alliances aren’t capable of running a bath, nevermind a multi-system Empire. I don’t frequent lowsec or nullsec, I’m a highsec PVEer and a WH “whatever-I’m-needed-to-do”-er. But I like it that way. I have an overactive imagination so while you guys slaughter capsuleers I’m busy venting Serpentis battleships and their crew into the deep vastyness of space. I’m pretty sure a lot of those Serp crewmembers needed the money, probably had families, but I’m paid to do it and the pay is decent. I like the way I play and I won’t force you to play the way I like. If I want to PVP I can jump in a different ship and go throw myself onto a low sec gatecamp, if I want to mine (haha yeah right) I can. If I want to manufacture things… I can’t really… If I want to be the capsuleer captain of a battleship who has enough personal wealth to buy continents (1ISK apparently = life changing fortune to those earth bound humies) I am. My point being, the game lets me do whatever I want. I can multiclass!
Some would say I have a problem, an addiction to video games. I would say STFU, I’m a Capsuleer.
N.B. I noticed that this is 899 words long, that’s almost aslong as the last essay I handed in for Ancient History and this has taken an eighth of the time to write.