Space (I believe in)

I am fighting the urge to sign up for EVE Online.
 

This makes no sense on several levels.  First off, I’ve been so busy the last few weeks that my video game playing is at a dramatically low ebb.  I don’t even have time to write blogs about video games! Secondly, I don’t really play multiplayer games, and the word on the street is that “soloing” World of Warcraft style is less viable a strategy in EVE.  Finally, I’m loathe to resume paying a monthly fee for anything related to video games.  Xbox Live is annoying enough as it is.

So why oh why would I play a game like EVE Online? A game that offers the kind of free form gameplay that WOW can only dream of, at the cost of gameplay tailored to a hardcore audience.  Not a Ninja Gaiden 2/Demon’s Souls/Henry Hatsworth type hardcore, but a “I think I’ll spend my lunchbreak perusing some of my spreadsheet documents” type hardcore.  The fact is, it’s unlikely I’d ever become a major EVE Online player. HOWEVER…

I like spaceships.
I like ambient mildly space-like music.
I am totally okay with setting a ship to mine on its own while listening to mildly space-like music and then working on other stuff.


 Space!!!

So, the way I plan to play this game barely resembles “playing” a video game, at all.  I am considering paying money to set a little mining ship on autopilot and get back into work, checking in on the guy every five minutes or so.


 Space!!!
 
Really, I should just buy some ambient mildly space-like music.  Alternatively, I could download EVE Online music for free

 Space!!...... um, ok.  Bring back space music.

I have to handle this with some kind of an attempt at control.  I have to count to ten, several times if necessary, and then sleep on it.  And then think about it again.  The age of digital distribution, though a massive step forward in video game retail, is crippling for someone like me.  Don’t get me started on how much I love Steam, or for that matter, how much I completely hate Steam.  Well, my wallet hates Steam.

Still EVE Online sits there, looking cool, and incredibly geeky.  It’s calling to me.

“You can play on your own time!”
“Now you’ll have two games to play on your Mac!”
“Space!!! Music!!! Space music!!!”

I’m counting to ten.  I am counting to ten…

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Posted by Irishjohn

I am fighting the urge to sign up for EVE Online.
 

This makes no sense on several levels.  First off, I’ve been so busy the last few weeks that my video game playing is at a dramatically low ebb.  I don’t even have time to write blogs about video games! Secondly, I don’t really play multiplayer games, and the word on the street is that “soloing” World of Warcraft style is less viable a strategy in EVE.  Finally, I’m loathe to resume paying a monthly fee for anything related to video games.  Xbox Live is annoying enough as it is.

So why oh why would I play a game like EVE Online? A game that offers the kind of free form gameplay that WOW can only dream of, at the cost of gameplay tailored to a hardcore audience.  Not a Ninja Gaiden 2/Demon’s Souls/Henry Hatsworth type hardcore, but a “I think I’ll spend my lunchbreak perusing some of my spreadsheet documents” type hardcore.  The fact is, it’s unlikely I’d ever become a major EVE Online player. HOWEVER…

I like spaceships.
I like ambient mildly space-like music.
I am totally okay with setting a ship to mine on its own while listening to mildly space-like music and then working on other stuff.


 Space!!!

So, the way I plan to play this game barely resembles “playing” a video game, at all.  I am considering paying money to set a little mining ship on autopilot and get back into work, checking in on the guy every five minutes or so.


 Space!!!
 
Really, I should just buy some ambient mildly space-like music.  Alternatively, I could download EVE Online music for free

 Space!!...... um, ok.  Bring back space music.

I have to handle this with some kind of an attempt at control.  I have to count to ten, several times if necessary, and then sleep on it.  And then think about it again.  The age of digital distribution, though a massive step forward in video game retail, is crippling for someone like me.  Don’t get me started on how much I love Steam, or for that matter, how much I completely hate Steam.  Well, my wallet hates Steam.

Still EVE Online sits there, looking cool, and incredibly geeky.  It’s calling to me.

“You can play on your own time!”
“Now you’ll have two games to play on your Mac!”
“Space!!! Music!!! Space music!!!”

I’m counting to ten.  I am counting to ten…

Edited by Claude

Hell, this game plays while you're not playing too. I played the free trial, but realized quickly that it would take a lot of time to get anything out of it.

Posted by DanielJW

It looked good until I saw the spreadsheet.

Posted by End_Boss
Posted by Bobdaman18

You make some really good points and I think you should do it.  I just picked up the game yesterday and it'd be cool to have someone to run some missions with that i know won't betray and kill me.  Lemme know if you decide to get back in the cockpit. 

Posted by Irishjohn
@Bobdaman18:  I am still debating in my own mind!  I'll definitely let you know if I take the plunge, though be warned: I am a bit unreliable when it comes to playing time, which is one of the main reasons I don't play multiplayer a lot. 
 
@Claude: Indeed! I can skill my dude up WHILE I SLEEP!
Posted by ZeroSkull

I just picked this game up from steam when it was $5. So far of what i have played i am loving it but i really dont know what to do or what i am doing. All i know so far is that i like it and ive been able to write up a couple of paragraphs for my philosophy paper on free will on my netbook while im doin somethin that doesnt require too much attention in game. If anyone plays and wants to help out a noob with stuff or just go around and do missions or something hit me up on GB or in game. Username is 0Skull(that is a zero)

Edited by Daggith

I've gotta admit.. I'm fighting the urge to resubscribe, myself. I played a lot last year and through the summer, but I stopped a few months ago. This new patch that is rolling out is really tempting me, even with a whole lot of other games I could be playing and papers/exams I should be working on..
 
You guys that just got the game should try joining the GiantBomb chat channel, see if anyone is still in it. 
 
Also, if you have any questions about the game, ask here and I'll answer them if I can.

Posted by harris
@Daggith said:
" I've gotta admit.. I'm fighting the urge to resubscribe, myself. I played a lot last year and through the summer, but I stopped a few months ago. This new patch that is rolling out is really tempting me, even with a whole lot of other games I could be playing and papers/exams I should be working on.. You guys that just got the game should try joining the GiantBomb chat channel, see if anyone is still in it.   Also, if you have any questions about the game, ask here and I'll answer them if I can. "
Same here. Me and Daggith founded Luchacorp way back when, and that went really well, lots of fun. Maybe we can bring that back in the near future.
Posted by Irishjohn
@Daggith: Cool man, thanks for offering the advice!
 
@harris: A revived Luchacorp sounds cool.  Like I've said a bit earlier, I would be kind of unreliable in terms of being online at certain times, particularly around Christmas, not to mention the fact that a bit like ZeroSkull I'll be playing in the background while I work a bit! Still, if the demand is there I'd like to hang out with Giantbombers or contribute whatever way I could (i.e. mine).
Posted by Bobdaman18

@Irishjohn:
c'mon, you known you wanna do it 
  

  

Posted by Irishjohn

 So, for some reason, I got another free trial.  I tried the game over a year ago.  Maybe it resets?  In any case, I'm going to mess around for free and see if I play enough to justify paying for it.  This free trial thing is quite rad.