Archive for January, 2010

Why do I love EvE?

Posted in Blog Banter, General, PVP with tags on January 31, 2010 by Jupacha - Important Internet Spaceship League

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When you’ve been roaming New Eden as long as I have, it almost feels like home. That’s how familiar it has become over the last 5 years. Not that I have done everything or touched every aspect of this most amazing of virtual world, far from it, but it just feels as though it’s always been there. And always will be.

Whether you’ve logged into the game every day since its launch in 2003, or you’ve taken one or several sabbaticals from your capsuleer career, you’ve always come back to New Eden don’t you. Why is that?

We know the EVE Online Community is unique in so many ways, and that EVE Online is like no other MMORPG out there. But what makes the game special for you?

What is it that makes this particular virtual world so enticing, so mysterious and so alluring that we keep coming back for more. Why is EVE one of the very few MMOs to see a continuous growth in its subscriber.

To put it simply: Why do you love EVE Online so much?

That is question that at first seems easy to answer, then I start typing.

Loving EvE is like loving a dominatrix with a mean streak. You recieve no quarter, your endurance is pushed to the razor edge of breaking, and you can’t utter your safe word due to the ball gag in your mouth.

First, no quarter.
I remember my first Raven. Sleek, svelte, expensive, and destroyed after 2:34 from undock.

I had sweated out countless level 4s, looted, salvaged, used T1 ammo all in an effort to save enough ISK to afford my first BS.

A glorious moment. The power, the majesty, THE FIREPOWER. I needed to test it. Needed to feel the hull vibrate as I launched my first salvo of cruise missiles. I asked my wingman to provide his Myrmidon as the test range for this maiden flight.

Being in the same noob corp we could shoot each other with out Concord ending our fun. We warped to a nearby planet and I proceeded to unleash my full fury. Moments later I am looking at my pod surround by Concord and a wreck that costs 200 mil/4 wks of carebearing.

Dumbfounded, I scrambled to figure out why I had been punished. After close inspection I realized my wingman had joined a new corp 8 hours prior to this titanic-esque voyage.

Lesson learned. Be careful who you shoot, even friends. I docked, grabbed my Drake, and undocked. Goodbye Drake, hello GCC lesson.

In less then 4 mins I had lost everything I owned in EvE but had acquired to 2 certificates of completion from the School of Hard Knocks.

Reason I love EvE 1: If I fail, I fail on my own. No one to blame but myself.

Next, Endurance pushed to the limit.
Whether missioning 4s in a BC with less then 6mil SP, sieging a POS in a BS that has 3 hardeners of each type, or jumping safes, running from pirates while ratting in 0.0 6 jumps from an outpost with no cloak.

I have spent more hours trying to stay awake while finishing a radar site or roam or POS bash then trying to get lucky, a RL project finished or any other RL activities combined.

My mistress New Eden has tested my endurance and I am stronger for it.

Reason I love EvE 2: It requires dedication, and those who play it are a better class of player. Players are more mature and understand risk and loss.

Lastly, the ball gag.
TBH, I don’t have a good analogy for the ball gag. In fact, just the opposite, I love that we have CSM, that real players commentate the tournaments, the eve blogsphere, Fanfest, and all the other things that make it ours.

The fact that I have the option to scam in Jita, play the mole and collapse an alliance, or just suicide gank someone who is about to be enrolled, forcefully, in the School of Hard Knocks, and that CCP doesn’t remove these and make EvE a mushy carebear haven makes CCP and EvE very dear to me.

Other endearing items include real time training, the old ghost training (AWU 5 for me), single shard, free expansions, SISI, the Tengu, the Golem, the tournament, player meets, awesome trailers, the fact that BoB and now goon didn’t pay bills and got smacked down, and that in 3 years of playing I have only had to suffer 2 14 year old high pitched kids on comms even though I have been in several alliances.

Is EvE faultless? No. But I love EvE, reguardless of these faults.

Here’s to EvE, game of the year AGAIN! Here’s to the only MMO that I ever payed for after the trial was over and 6 months later payed again for an alt.

Pew Pew till they turn the last server off….