CCP Manifest rebuilt a 2014 EVE Fanfest talk (apparently in his own time) into one of the more cerebral EVE YouTube videos I’ve watched. It talks about how Players talk about New Eden. (Yes – that is what I meant to say.)

The 40 minute clip does a reasonable job of defining what EVE is (yes, it takes 40 minutes), and I expect most EVE players will relate to its contents. Having said that, I also suspect it would probably confuse non-EVE players.

You can view it here:


There was a great number of blog post topics sprinkled throughout – most of which I will not find the time to explore.

There was a remark that it was a good environment to test you assumptions in the study of humanity.

As I have mentioned before, one of the things I find interesting about playing EVE – even from my quiet Hermit ways corner, is being able to observe how people behave in and around the game. I have an amateur psychology theory that Political Correctness is a relatively thin veneer on society, held in place by peer pressure. I had long thought I would get to see how that played out in EVE – where participants are only loosely shackled by society’s expectations, have a level of anonymity, and operate in a hide or kill or be killed environment. After years of watching I came to the conclusion that EVE was not a good study of humanity. Quite frankly, overall people were too nice. People don’t need an artificial anonymous game world to feel free to voice their true opinions, show their true colors – they just use Facebook.

There was another remark that playing EVE is like a game of Russian Roulette – where you try to maximise the number of empty chambers in a gun, but at some point you are going to undock and die.

There was a quote that could have been directed at this blog – “Trapped in a myth that anyone can truly win by flying solo.” While two of the best known players in EVE effectively fly solo (Chribba & Gevlon), I suspect few would think you can have any true power in EVE by just playing the game by yourself. It is probably a myth that people would think that way. I just think it is better to play Solo than to not play at all.

There were plenty of other notes I’ve made, but I’ll finish on this little gem – “playing EVE is real science fiction.”

If you are in the right mood, it is definitely an interesting and worthwhile watch.

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