Thought for the day.

Zoso expressed his wonder at the many epic stories of struggle against adversity that are told by the players of EVE Online, triggered by the splendid series The Five Year Spree by Jim Rossignol over at Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

It’s one of those things though – like reading about intrepid arctic explorers – that’s absolutely bloody fascinating, and which fires the imagination and massages the soul, but also confirms that these people are bloody mad and that I’m glad I was gifted with a healthily sized sanity gland.

5 thoughts on “Thought for the day.

  1. mbp

    So true.

    It has to be said though that in meatspace it takes a very special kind of person to something that is both truly heroic and truly stupid (the guy who walked a tightrope between the twin towers springs to mind). On the internet just about anybody can do it.

  2. Melmoth

    Oh indeed so.

    I think we need to clarify that we’re comparing ‘what those incredible people do in EVE to what other people manage to do in EVE’ with ‘what incredible explorers do in the real world to what most other people do in the real world’.

    I certainly wouldn’t want to suggest that what someone in the real world has achieved can readily be equated to the achievement of someone in a virtual world, in this instance.

  3. Stabs

    I’m enjoying Eve immensely. It’s fun to be hunted.

    I think the meme that’s going around in the blogosphere that 99.9% of people in Eve play an insanely dull game while being entertained by the 0.1% who are playing an insanely interesting game just isn’t true. I think almost all of the people playing Eve are evil geniuses in their own lunchtimes, I know I am.

    Today’s antispam word is flange. I barely need to even look these days. Which segues neatly into observing that I barely even need to look for kiasacast 6 cos it’s never bloody there. See what I did there? Demanding public is demanding

    PS point Zoso to Mittani’s column if he wants more Eve “chat porn”.

  4. Melmoth

    I think most EVE players make their own adventures, and do whatever excites or motivates them, there’s not really much else of a reason to stay otherwise. Do these adventures necessarily affect a large portion of the player base? Probably not. Does this make them any less epic? Certainly not. Most of the theatre of a tale is in the telling, and the EVE community has many superb storytellers.

    I think Kiasacast 6 has blown a flange, and possibly needs some replacement grollings and a new bevelled trunion. I assure you that engineers are working on it around the clock. Or around a clock, where they generally sit all day drinking Earl Grey.

    I believe m’colleague is probably aware of The Mittani, as I was quite an avid reader of his work when the whole BoB thing blew up most literally. Thank you for the pointer though!

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