"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
Pod me.

I started playing EVE Online the other day. It's like Escape Velocity Nova, only y'know, MMOG. Considering how addicted Adam got to EVN, it sure is a shame EVE is Win32-only. It's not like there's work or something to be done.

The game is insanely pretty, and pretty damn complex. I'm still reading through the player guides while going through the "tutorial" (the actual tutorial takes about two hours, and then there's the storyline missions which will probably take even more than that). I've almost got enough isk to upgrade my noob hunk of crap ship into the nicest frigate my chosen race can get. But first I have to train up to the level of frigate-usage-awesomeness-skill before I can buy the thing. The training of which takes over a real day (29 hours). If that was 29 hours in play-time there's no way anyone would play it, but since it's real-time, well... There's always more isk to be made.

I'm not sure how into this I'm going to get. So far the farthest I've jumped for one mission was through six gates, and that took twelve minutes. Playing this is affording me a decent amount of time to just sit and read while reaching over to the iMac to click on stuff every now and then. Hopefully that will change somewhat once I get a faster ship.

I haven't interacted with anyone yet; unlike WoW where you just kind of run around and there's people (or anyway, avatars that look like people) all over, EVE is just a bunch of ships. Kind of impersonal. It's definitely the sort of game where you need people backing your ass up, though.

Anyway... today was a crap day at work (25 or so comp'd hosts, several of which were doing very bad things) and somehow I doubt tomorrow is going to be any better. And here I thought I was just going to spend the day refactoring some code...

April 18, 2006 12:49 AM

I tried the EVE 14 day trial. Indeed, the tutorial is lengthy, and there's a lot to the game, hell even the interface was massive, but the game looks freakin' sweet even on my HP Amish 7935 with power-on barn raiser. I just couldn't quite justify paying each month for it, though.

Starport GE is an okay 2D space/trading thing. I got into it a bit more than EVE, maybe because my craptop could run it. I haven't tried WoW yet, but a lot of people around here play it.

Posted by: Daniel at April 18, 2006 1:14 AM

I played WoW for a couple months. It was fun at first, but it's all quest grinding. My roommate still plays it and has been lvl 60 for quite a while now... and it sounds like all he does is raids and more grinding. For a while he was all about the PVP, not sure what happened there.

EVE seems interesting because of the depth, and the whole "if you want to survive, you better get some buddies" thing. Now to get a non-crap and some buddies...

Posted by: bda at April 18, 2006 4:19 AM

D00d u need a POOPSOCK

Posted by: solios at April 18, 2006 5:19 PM

A.. what? Alabama Hot Pocket?

Posted by: bda at April 19, 2006 12:11 AM
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