I night try this game out this week, anyone in the giant bomb corp want to shoot me a trial and beginners guide as it were. :) I only want in if you guys understand I might get hideously confused and bail after a week :D
That will give you a 21 day trial. The best beginners guide is doing the tutorials and asking questions in the "giantbombing" channel. If you choose to subscribe I'll receive a plex that I'll gladly split with you so you have some starting cash.
It's stuff like this that makes me want to play EVE. But then I do the research and get intimidated by its complexity and stop being interested...until the next one of these threads.
You aren't wrong in thinking Eve is complex. It totally is. However, it isn't some insurmountable learning curve that people make it out to be. Join a good corporation, ask plenty of questions, and you'll have your bearings in no time. I used to be "that guy" that would dump on this game without having a meaningful level of experience with it. Then I hopped into it after the fanfest feature and joined Kite Co. Here I am nine months later, not regretting my decision one bit. Who you play with makes all the difference in the world.
My real problems with the game were (are?) cities being too small and the broken AI. The Glassbox simulation ended up being far less intelligent than it claimed to be. Horrible traffic AI that was game breaking and the revelation that "agents" (sims in the game) didn't really use much logic in their actions. Leaving from one home and returning to another? Uh ...
I, and a lot of my raiding guild, ended up quitting around the end of Wrath of the Lich King after we finally finished Heroic 25-man Lich King and got our "the Light of Dawn" titles. The amount of raiding hours we had to put in every week just burned people out. The heavy amount of nostalgia I have for the game does make me miss it at times though. I'm not sure I could go back with the current state of the stats/numbers in the game. They are seriously ridiculous.