Why did you start playing EVE Online?
Some of my new alliance-mates and I, in between two roaming fleets and a home defense op today (<3 Rote so far, but that's another story), got into an extended conversation, one of the topics of which was how and why all of us started playing the game. I raised the opinion that I bet a lot of people in the Teamspeak channel started playing EVE because they had heard about or read about or listened to a story in which some EVE player had been horribly awful to some other EVE player. There is a certain type of person, that once they hear about such a story... want to do the same thing.
And so they start playing EVE so that someday, they can do that.
I've mentioned this concept before, briefly, when I was looking at EVE log-in numbers as part of my "Some curves aren't" piece, but didn't really delve into then. And I'm not really sure I can do the topic full justice now. Still, it deserves some exploration.
For many EVE players, the story that brought them in was the first great heist/assassination by the Guiding Hand Social Club. It's not outside the realm of possibility that this single action brought in more EVE players than any other single action in the game's history. It garnered huge, huge press in the gaming websites at the time. And it caused thousands of budding assassins and corp thieves to start playing this game.
And when I raised the opinion that many of the people on Teamspeak had joined for this reason, I got general agreement. One even directly reminded me of the GHSC story as his reason for joining.
EVE hasn't had such a story make the news in some time. And that's really kind of funny if you think about it. Because the news just this year in terms of failed or back-stabbed alliances, corp theivery, and scamming, has been huge. We've had the DRF take-over of the NC thanks in part to someone up north leaving the back door unlocked for them. We've had a near trillion ISK corp theft. We had the biggest Ponzi scheme theft in EVE history.
Not only did none of these items make the gaming press, but the last had become so obscure (in only two months!) that I had forgotten the name of the site that pulled it off!(1)
But of course, we know what the gaming press has been covering about EVE this year, don't we?
It's been bad press, all right. But it's been out of game bad press.
Today, on his Sins of a Solar Spymaster column at Ten Ton Hammer, Mittens wrote a short piece about a Titan buy scam, and about the GSF interdiction of blue ice. It strikes me as nothing less than an attempt to jump-start the EVE in game bad press engine.
Now that EVE is going to be a flying-in-space game to the potential permanent exclusion of other opportunities, EVE is gonna need something to bring new players into the game. Is bad press the way to go? It does have the virtue of having worked for EVE in the past.
Why did you start playing EVE Online? Discuss.
(1) Thanks to Mara Rinn and others on Tweetfleet for remembering for me. :-)