Apr 4th 2012 12:53AM @Zyrusticae
"Bottom-of-the-barrel players aside, there is almost nothing else quite like EVE on the market."
Yes. And searing-hot magma aside, there is nothing quite like living in an active volcano.
Honestly though, playing EVE is a lot more like living at the bottom of the ocean:
It sounds a lot cooler than it actually turns out to be. There's not as much freedom as you thought there'd be, the environment is isolated and hostile, and if you do leave the (relative) safety of a regulated, boring and highly restrictive safe zone, you will require expensive, time-consuming-to-install safety equipment to survive the high-pressure crush depth. Even then, there's still no garauntee you won't get horribly fucked up by some random deep-sea abomination.
Mar 29th 2012 8:45AM @jimmy89
Ew. I listened to some of that... Ew.
Totally unrepentant. :(
Mar 29th 2012 3:46AM I'd just like to suggest something to open-minded apologists who are genuinely confused as to how they get such a bad rap when they truly believe the community is more good than bad:
You =might= have more good players/community members than bad (and I genuinely don't believe that, but it's an olive branch), but your bad players have a much, much, much larger impact - and the power of their negativity is much greater than the power of everyone else's generosity and goodwill.
You might not want to believe it, but this isn't about your perception.
It's about the perception of millions of MMO players who don't play EVE.
It's the perception of the folks who try the free trial and do not subscribe.
It's the perception of the folks who do sub, try it for months before hitting that unsubscribe button forever.
It's the perception of those who hopefully resubscribe every time there's a free account reactivation, play for a couple weeks, realize that even though the UI's different, the graphics are prettier, there are new exploration/mining mechanics, at its heart =nothing's changed=, then don't log in for the rest of their free time.
Mar 29th 2012 3:26AM I played EVE a few years. I liked the lore and the game mechanics. Space was often very pretty.
I'd still be playing if it weren't for the community which is... Best left not discussed. Just avoided.
Mar 27th 2012 3:51AM @TitusGroan
Alright. I'll cop to some vitriol, there. Every demographic has its outliers... just like there are probably innocent men in prison. But not as many as claim to be.
This isn't a '30 day free trial' impression we're talking about, here. I was there a few years. I've seen the forums and the behaviour of pilots first-hand.
If I were to be saintly tolerant and charitable beyond reason, I would say this:
EVE is a game about kicking down sand-castles, which laughs unapologetically at people who think it is a game about building sandcastles.
The ugly truth?
EVE could be made more PVE than it is, in an attempt to draw a wider audience, but it'd never work. People might cite the challenge of facing off against another player, compared to a computer, but this is self-delusion. AI can be programmed with any number of responses to completely outclass even 'good' players. It's NOT challenge the players crave... it's the knowledge of having beaten another person. And with the prevalance of newbie-curbstomping and completely out-matched battles, it's not even the knowledge of a worthy foe defeated that appeals... it's the knowledge of having ruined someone's day.
Sadistic and sociopathic is the rule, not the exception.
Mar 27th 2012 3:11AM What's more disgusting to me, having read the apology, is the chorus of salutes and cheers and 'we love you!' cries from the rest of the playerbase.
Guy acts like a complete asshole and apologises for it?
Not that I'm surprised. Spreadsheets Online: Sociopaths in Space. It's a moral vaccum, basically 4chan with space-ships. Its primary purpose should be to tie up all the detritus of MMO-playing Internet into one condensed wasteland, the hell away from the games played by decent human beings.
Seriously. People need to be saying, "Good. Don't do it again. And maybe think about your life a bit and what made you have those thoughts in the first place." Not: "We love you don't step down as chairman!"
Alcohol does not turn you into some Mr. Hyde monster with a completely different personality. All it does is loosen your inhibitions. That sociopathic, sadistic behaviour IS still there under the surface, and gaming is merely the outlet for it.
Guy needs psychiatric help, not pats on the back.
Feb 16th 2012 6:56PM @Excelsior34
This is probably the most important part for a casual guild heading in to raiding: doing what you say you're going to do, and if you can't (because shit happens to everyone) LETTING PEOPLE KNOW IN ADVANCE. Otherwise you are ruining 7-9 other peoples' night.
The reason this is so important is because unless your raid dramatically overpowers the content, every man is vital. And finding someone to replace a regular guildie is not always an easy task. Some might not be at level, some might be leaving in 2hrs and unable to commit to the likely 3hrs it'll take, others may not be the right role, and you really don't need four healers...
It forces your guildies to make a decision between calling the ENTIRE thing off because one person didn't show, or going out and looking for a PUG to fill the slot, which carries its own hazards. They may not be any good, might not know the content, might be uber-leet-pro and simply bail on you all in disgust after your first couple wipes, causing you to start again. Many public folks may already be locked out of doing that particular raid because they've already done it with another group, etc, etc, etc. It can take another half-hour of uncertainty, finally ending in calling off the raid, when your guildies quite possibly put other RL events off to the side just to participate in this non-event.
Show a little consideration. Tell people when you aren't going to be there.
Aug 31st 2011 12:57AM For me the revulsion of the tiny races comes from the deep, gouging wounds they inflict upon my suspension of disbelief.
Magic? Sure. Demons? Obviously. Fractured worlds of floating debris that somehow manage to maintain the standard gravity of a whole mass? Why not.
...But a gnome tanking some giant dragon with more resilence than their over-sized and over-muscled companions? Where has reason fled too? Surely the kind of blow that would break every bone in a Tauren body would leave an equally-statted/armoured gnome as nothing more than a smear on the ground.
How many 'little people' do you see winning MMA tournaments? Giving these diminutive characters the potential for equal or greater strength is an (irrational and nonsensical) insult to the larger race's physical prowess. Make them smarter, mages/priests/whatever, sure... But gnome warriors are an exercise in breaking your brain.
Aug 31st 2011 12:30AM @uberman3000
I'm confused. Why would little Timmy not understand why his Jedi is kissing a boy, but understand perfectly why his Jedi is kissing a girl? It's the same reason, after all, and each option as acceptable as the other. NOT letting kids see normal, healthy relationships of all kinds is what confused them later in life and makes them bigoted, because they don't think anything outside of their experience is normal.
Jul 28th 2011 7:16PM Hey! Where's Asha Catari?
If not for the backstory then at least for the glowy tatts.