This post is coming out a long while after the release of the This Is
Eve trailer. Sure, I posted my initial
reaction, but I wanted to see how things develop a bit before moving beyond
the, “Fuck, yeah!” moment we all experience when that pipebomb succeeds, and
again when the bombing run hits its target perfectly.
I also wanted to see how it resonated with viewers a bit before
deciding which direction to take this post.
Namely, whether the discussion would extend beyond, “That’s awesome,”
into “Where do I sign up?”
But, we’ve been seeing a lot of new account creation. First off, welcome. This blog is about getting new players into PvP
by making it a little less nebulous and making them a little more familiar with
the concepts. There are a lot of things
new players need to learn for themselves (manual piloting, how important that
extra 50 m/s of speed really is for the way you fly, the specific way you have to
fly to maintain transversal to survive against multiple targets or larger
targets), the types of things for which “seeing it done” just isn’t good
enough. For that, you need to be in
But there are a lot of other things about the game that you can learn
right away. A lot of those are about
framing your expectations and understanding the reality of a game, not just the
marketing hype or ideal parts.
A few bloggers have been writing about how the “This Is Eve” trailer
isn’t Eve… it’s just the best parts. Yes,
it’s the best parts, but it’s also an absolutely accurate depiction of Eve. The passion, the thrill, the exhilaration,
that’s all 100% true. And there is a
whole lot of preparation that builds up to those thrilling moments. For every one of those battles, those
scenarios, there were hours of buying ship modules, fitting those ships to suit
your taste, flying around to find the fight, and setting up the battle itself –
not to mention all of the experience and training that teaches all the pilots
involved to know what to do.
But it’s this very preparation that makes it all worthwhile. I used to play multiplayer Counterstrike, a
game with absolutely zero preparation required.
The death matches were, individually, meaningless, since I knew I could
just wait until the next match to fight again.
I didn’t have to do anything special, just sit there and wait. I wasn’t invested in Counterstrike. It was bubblegum I could chew or spit out at
Eve is Thanksgiving dinner back in 1621. You have to hunt your own food and cook it
(fitting ships, moving them to your alliance’s staging system), you need to
message your neighbors to attend (fleet form-up and sorting, travel), you need
to carefully orchestrate the dishes in sequence (the tactical maneuvers during
operation itself, including scouting), and you need to eat politely so as not
to offend the natives (the battle itself).
And that’s all after sailing half-way around the world with like-minded people
(joining a corp, deploying). It’s
And that’s what makes it so intensely satisfying. Eve players feel genuine dopamine rushes
during battles. My heart still beats
fast when I’m in a 1v1… and it’s the same whether I’m in a 6-mil-isk Incursus
or an 800-mil-isk battle Tengu. That
feeling doesn’t scale; it starts with a rush and doesn’t let up.
But it doesn’t happen with me for other games. The slow-build is a direct cause of that
rush, the sense that everything you planned for or waited for is coming to
fruition. That’s what causes the Bomber’s
Bar to cheer deafeningly on comms when they hit their target, or what causes Rooks
and Kings to be so delighted at their pipebomb.
And pipebombing and bombing runs, along with BLOPS gangs, are the LEAST
engaging of PvP, in my opinion! It only
So don’t let anyone discourage you by saying, “That’s not Eve…” It is.
It absolutely is. Losing ships
HURTS, and it’s exactly this pain that makes your success so much sweeter. You can’t have a game with no lows, and only
highs; if you don’t have the risk of painful, frustrating losses, you also deny
yourself the delights of abject success.
Eve is a game that enables both.
And that is praiseworthy. Don’t quit
the game because of a loss. The more it
hurts, the more you should recognize how rare it is for a game to instill that
sort of investment among its players.
Eve players are passionate maniacs.
You can’t have passion without something to be passionate ABOUT.
Eve isn’t WoW. Eve MATTERS in a
very real sense to its players. We take
Internet Spaceships very seriously. We cherish
them because they represent time, effort, sometimes money, and always a lot of
love. And to care about a game that much
is a truly rare thing.
Eve is the passion that the players feel amid their greatest
achievements and dismal failures. It
inspires people to alarm-clock early morning ops. It inspires people like Rixx Javix to create beautiful
art. It inspires bloggers like me to
spend our time thinking and writing about Eve in the spare time when we can’t