Late last year, there was this. Then over the weekend, there was this. And finally, as I was sitting down to lunch today while browsing through the net, I saw this. I’m hardly surprised, considering all the great stuff I’ve heard about EVE Online recently. First published in 2003, the game is a player-driven sandbox MMO set against a futuristic sci-fi background, and boasts more than 300,000 subscribers all playing on one server. And that number is growing every day.
Enough is enough. As a game, EVE Online had been on my radar screen for a while now, but now I think I finally have to give it a try. So, I started my free 14-day trial account and in under an hour I was in New Eden going through the game tutorial. Already, I can tell that all the things I’ve heard about this game are true: it is unlike any MMO I have played before, and there’s going to be a steep learning curve. Clearly, there will be lots to do and I figure I’d better put those multitasking skills to good use, stat!
I’ll be posting more of my thoughts on this game in the next two weeks, but here’s what I noticed right off the bat–the community is amazing. For example, the rookie channel is constantly alive, full of experienced players providing answers to newcomers asking questions, so quickly that it made my eyes hurt to follow the conversations. Usually, as with any forum with a large number of participants and the inevitable troll or two, channels like these often quickly devolve into virtual feces-hurling flamefests, but it didn’t happen here. Helpers remained ever patient, obvious trolls were generally ignored, and even the most noobish but sincere questions were answered. I look forward to seeing more of this game in the days to come.