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When you’ve been roaming New Eden as long as I have, it almost feels like home. That’s how familiar it has become over the last 5 years. Not that I have done everything or touched every aspect of this most amazing of virtual world, far from it, but it just feels as though it’s always been there. And always will be.
Whether you’ve logged into the game every day since its launch in 2003, or you’ve taken one or several sabbaticals from your capsuleer career, you’ve always come back to New Eden don’t you. Why is that?
We know the EVE Online Community is unique in so many ways, and that EVE Online is like no other MMORPG out there. But what makes the game special for you?
What is it that makes this particular virtual world so enticing, so mysterious and so alluring that we keep coming back for more. Why is EVE one of the very few MMOs to see a continuous growth in its subscriber.
To put it simply: Why do you love EVE Online so much?
EVE Online is the first MMO I played that is based on the sandbox model and I immediately fell in love with the concept. I’ve been playing MMO’s for a good while now, and while I don’t mind the classic structure of levels EVE offered the variety I was craving at the time. Now having been into the game for more than two years I greatly enjoy that I can do virtually everything on one character as long as I am willing to spend the time training for what I want to do. The fact that training continues even when away from the game also makes it very friendly for someone with a fulltime job and other hobbies.
Another great thing about EVE is that you make your own game. While requiring more effort than making your way through a predefined story it is also very rewarding. Add to that the fact that EVE has an active roleplaying community and that the story is currently evolving with players have impact on it. The blogging and Twitter and Facebook communities all deserves a shoutout as well.
There is also no falling behind in EVE. Because of skill training times increasing exponentially and multiplicative bonuses you grow stronger very fast in the beginning and have to make specialized choices later on. Ships are the same for everyone and if you want to fly the best you also pay the price and have the risk of losing it. Time invested in the end will always make some better than others but there is a cap to it. And that keeps it fun for everyone. Nothing is worse in my eyes than new players having to realize they will never be part of the best because of a gap between them and the elite that cannot be crossed.
The power one has in EVE is not expressed in riches and the best items alone. It is a highly social game and the real strength lies in your interaction with others. You can get very far on your own but you really thrive if you work together on a common goal. I really appreciate all the friendships I have built up in game and even out of game, as Fanfest and player meets take it beyond the virtual. At Fanfest I have felt very inspired by the enthusiasm of all CCP employees and the fact they really listen to their players but without giving in to every whim. And while I mostly steer clear of politics hearing the tales of big alliances and their exploits would be missed if they weren’t there.
To conclude there is one more obvious reason why I love EVE so much: awesome looking internet spaceships!