Saturday, 25 June 2011
Greed is Good
In case you missed it, here is a useful summary of the rage that is gripping Eve (it's good to see Jester back in action, btw).
I'm not a veteran Eve player - I've got less than 6 months in this game - so I have no attachment to "the way things were". That said, I'm very concerned about what has happened and wonder how it impacts my long-term prospects in New Eden.
To begin with, I'm dead set against any real money transactions that result in gameplay advantage. It's an absolute red line in any game I play. The day Eve introduces (or even announces) "golden ammunition" is the day I stop my subscription. And while I don't discuss my real life much in this blog, I will say that it's not because I can't afford micro-transactions. If I were so inclined, I could buy myself a titan this evening without batting an eye.
No, I pvp (in Eve and other games) because I enjoy pitting myself against other players - I enjoy the challenge and the conflict, both experiences that are generally (and thankfully) absent in my real life. What I have ZERO interest in is pitting my wallet against their wallet. I'd probably win more than I lost, but frankly, anyone who engages in that kind of behavior loses (edit - I guess that makes them losers, doesn't it?).
I'm also pretty appalled at how badly CCP is handling this. As someone who works in the private sector, I have loads of experience dealing with clients of all kinds, and I'd expect to be out of business in a year if I treated my clients the way CCP does. The fact that they endure is a testament largely to Eve's incredible appeal.
In the absence of further developments, I don't see myself leaving New Eden over this, but they have killed all my interest in World of Darkness, despite the fact that I played WoD (the roleplaying game) when I was younger. I'm also going to be keeping a much closer eye on CCP's plans for the future. Why would I continue to invest time in a game I may not be playing in six months?
Posted by Taurean Eltanin at 02:36