A number of the blogs I follow are in a period of discontent with EVE, including
I can struggle at this time of year with EVE. The game is usually stagnant, real life is extra busy, I’m tired and run down, and I’m predisposed to reflection and review!
Reading the situation others are finding themselves in right now (without judgment or direct reflection), I noted down in my blog idea list “Why and how am I still playing EVE after 7+ years?”
The “Why” is relatively straightforward. I find the game interesting, and it is one of the mechanisms I use to get downtime. It is a distraction for 30 minutes here, two hours there, where I don’t need to be worrying or thinking about “real” issues.
The “How” is different. There are four areas I focus on which have given the game a longevity for me:
. Maintain and regularly update a list of Goals and work towards them
. Ensure I undock and do things without mind to the ISK/hour calculation
. Involve myself in the Social aspects of the game
. Appreciate the game for what it provides
I think they are all obvious – although my approach to them might be different due to my focus on solo play.
It is easy to be aimless and lost in EVE. To play long term you need focus, which means you need to have goals. These can be as minor as checking out some line in a patch note, or as grandiose as being infamous across New Eden. They can take 5 minutes or 5 years. While you are responsible for hunting down the options and working out what your goals will be, CCP needs to help out with a reasonable flow of new and changed tools and content.
Next is undocking. It may seem logical, but it is possible to log into EVE and never undock and engage directly with it. You might be organising your trading empire, or updating manufacturing queues, or contracts, or updating fits. When I catch myself in such a situation I make a point of undocking. I might mine for 10 minutes in a Venture, or run the lowest of low Anomaly, scan down a signature or go through the belts. It is of no consequence that the ISK I might generate is insignificant. I am amazed at how much content you generate by just being in space – being more aware of the pilots around you, and being available to interact with them.
You might have heard me remark once or twice that I play this game Solo. I don’t fly with other people, no one relies on me and I rely on no one else, I have no official blues, and I sit in an Alliance of just me and my alts. I do not however play this game removed from everyone else. I interact with other pilots in my game play, I follow other bloggers, I read various forums and EVE news sites – I have an idea of the EVE environment and my little place within it. This makes the game so much richer.
Last of all I appreciate the game and what it provides. I make a point of enjoying it, and reveling in all the cool things that can happen around it.
Actually, upon reflection, I basically make an effort to maintain the relationship I have with EVE.
I started dating my wife 22 year ago. Our relationship has lasted as long as it has because we have worked at it. We have joint goals that we focus on; we ensure we make time to spend with each other, we make a point of involving ourselves in and working on our relationship, and we appreciate what it provides.
Now sorry – I know that might be a little cheesy. I also request that you please don’t tell my wife that I related our relationship with my internet space ship game time. I do think however that there might be something to the concept. When there is a malaise settling in between Player and CCP, the solution might not be found in pouring over statistics and charts on how people interact with the game, but instead by speaking to a relationship counselor.