You Don’t Need To Play EVE Online To Love It
I’ve got two confessions to make. One, I love EVE Online. Two, I barely play EVE Online.
I think I’m in love with the idea of EVE Online more than the actual day-to-day gameplay. This isn’t to say that I don’t like the gameplay mechanics, it’s just that they really aren’t as thrilling as the forces of nature that drive the game. The politics, the backstabbing, the huge intergalactic wars and they stories they tell. These are the things that inspire my love of EVE and what make me want to play it.
I think all MMORPGs are a little like this. Does anyone actually enjoy pressing a couple of buttons on a keyboard or moving a mouse around? I don’t think so, it’s not exactly thrilling stuff. I actually think the attraction of MMOs is not the gameplay, but the incentives of mental hubris they allow us to desire. If everyone was equal in World of Warcraft, would everyone play?
I don’t mind the fact that I don’t get to play EVE a lot. Sure, I play a few hours every week but that’s a drop in the pond compared to the gazillion of hours I pumped into Everquest and Everquest 2. But that’s OK. See, you don’t need to play EVE Online to love it. You can read about it, watch it, study it… it’s, quite literally, another world just waiting to be observed by MMO anthropologists.
To prove my point, here’s a series of great articles from Rock, Paper, Shotgun about life in EVE Online:
- The Five Year Spree, Part 1: Nova
- The Five Year Spree, Part 2: Rise & Fall
- The Five Year Spree, Part 3: Fountain
- The Five Year Spree, Part 4: The End
Or better yet, watch this:
Now if that doesn’t make you want to love EVE yet not play it, I don’t know what will.