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Saturday, December 28, 2013

QOTW: EVE is notorious

Final quote of the week honors for 2013 go to Hilmar Pétursson, who had this to say about EVE and Valkyrie...
EVE is notorious for being the game you love to read about, but now you can play Valkyrie -- just a little sample and maybe it leads you into the rabbit hole... [laughs]
...aheh. It was published in a short interview with him Wired UK published on Christmas Eve. Seems that someone was saying just that thing just the other day. I love that unspoken implication that EVE is more fun to read about than to play. I hear that from potential EVE players all the time...

Thanks to an alert reader for pointing me at this interview! Oh, and I'm back. Hope your holidays were as cheerful and drama-free as mine were!

10 comments:

  1. Unfortunately its true. I've read your blog, and other EVE blogs daily for years ... but my two attempts to actually play EVE both lasted a month or two. One failed attempt at PvE and one at trading (although I was VERY success trading). Im old enough that EVE sounds enjoyable (and I do believe it is a game with a specific age target audience) but being in that same audience group, I just dont have the time to waste on games that require hours just for the possibility of fun. Patience is no longer a luxury I can afford and EVE requires nothing but...

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  2. I wonder why doesn't he work on making EVE the game that leads people down on the rabbit hole.

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    1. That would betray the spirit of EVE. A "enjoyable" EVE would not be "fun" to the hardcore players, whereas a "fun" EVE for the hardcore players is a invitation to GTFO for the average player who is too busy learning to play as to bother figuring why he just got killed instead of learning or doing something worth his time.

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  3. So how long are you going to let DUST 514 erode the future of EVE without comment?

    http://i.imgur.com/y6xTj8T.png

    EVE fumbles along with uninspired patches while the lion's share of subscription cash appears to be pissed up against the wall on an insipid product developed using a mind-numbing model that makes no sense from a cost/time zone/talent retention basis.

    The CCP community jackboots purged every last ounce of character, soul and edginess from the EVE universe in anticipation of the millions of DUST to EVE converts that never came.

    I'm sure CCP where taking a certain pleasure drumming each targeted person out of their game thinking a thousand compliant drones would replace them or it wouldn't matter because the money rolling in from DUST would cover all that.

    CCP think a novelty game is going to make people want to crack open Excel and get into EVE? Didn't they just fail to do that with DUST?

    Why don't you ask CCP if they are planning to celebrate the next time when EVE subscriptions re-reaches 500K?

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  4. 6 day holiday ftw....

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  5. I can completely identify my current situation with Hilmar's statement. Otherwise, 1. I'd still be subscribed and 2. I'd be reading your guides a LOT more... :Sigh:

    But hey! Here's a :number of bucks: each to Amplitude, Wargaming, Gaijin, and possibly, Cloud Imperium Games =D

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  6. So he hopes that by making a fun game (if they do it right this time), people will be lured into Spreadsheets & Spaceships?

    If he pretends that, then why they plan to expand nullsec for 3 years rather than make something of use for everyone?

    And what makes him think that any people playing Valkyrie will not be the same who have refused to play EVE for 10 years?

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  7. It i also former Eve players. I used to play Eve, now I read your blog. Reading your blog is more fun than playing Eve.

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  8. "I love that unspoken implication that EVE is more fun to read about than to play. I hear that from potential EVE players all the time..."

    It is not an "unspoken implication". It is an actual statistical fact, based on several surveys which CCP has had conducted.

    EVE player blogs, such as yours, drive most of the new trial player traffic in the past two years, since new expansion "wow factor" has diminished greatly. You guys apparently do a good job of making EVE sound fun & interesting.

    However, the number one reason why trial players fail to convert to subscribers is stated as "the game is not fun". New players losing their ships & ISK to ganks and player scams are the most common reasons I guess they didn't buy into the "EVE is harsh" idea...

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    1. "However, the number one reason why trial players fail to convert to subscribers is stated as "the game is not fun". New players losing their ships & ISK to ganks and player scams are the most common reasons I guess they didn't buy into the "EVE is harsh" idea..."

      \o/ Yay speculation and bonus points for buffing your own agenda along the way. Whatta 2-fer of a post.

      I don't suppose the lack of new player retention has anything to do with the absolute shit tutorials that barely teach you how to mine, manufacture, or PvE, then turn you loose to "go forth and prosper". I don't suppose that has ANYTHING to do with it.

      Perhaps it's the catch-22 that people advise (rightly) that new players shouldn't join a player-corp (excepting E-UNI et al) until they have a basic grasp of the game. NPC starter corps might have people willing to answer specific questions, but the kind of mentoring a new player needs to truly understand the game, requires joining a player corp.
      Most definitely can NOT be that lil catch-22.

      Nope, it's most certainly the ganking, scamming, and your ship & pod magically self-immolating as soon as you jump into any .4 system. Yep, that's totally gotta be it.

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