I’m going to be starkly honest with you. I have been suffering from a rather bad case of bitter vet syndrome as of late. And as time wears on, I grow more and more bored of EVE.
I don’t like being one of ‘those’ people. Where, no matter what they aren’t happy. And I try to write about what I enjoy as much as I write about what I don't like. There are many Faction War players that never seem satisfied. CCP makes changes, usually that the FW community expressly begs for, “if only you could change XYZ, FW would be so much better…” and inevitably a month or two after the change, the very same players are singing the same tune about some other thing.
However, my particular strain of the ho-hum virus is a little bit more than Faction War blues. As much as I like some of the changes they are making in EVE, I admit that I crave more.
I crave new game play. For, even with all of the new-ish things they’ve introduced over the past few years, it’s been a very long time since we’ve seen an expansion with completely, ground breaking material. I’m talking, on the scale of introducing Wormholes and Tech 3 technology, Incursion game play, or Faction War as a brand new feature.
I admit, I’m currently not looking forward to the winter expansion. I don’t want more ship rebalancing, shiny new GUI interfaces, and old revamped features passed off as new, exciting stuff.
I want something new to do. Something completely foreign. Something that hasn’t already been beaten into the ground by every other blogger, meta gamed, theory crafted, min/maxed, and mapped out in Excel spreadsheets. I want something so new, it doesn’t yet have a ‘community’ attached to it, or an old sticky thread on the forums, or its own CSM representative.
People often talk (in glowing terms) about this new direction that EVE has been taking for a while. But I can’t help thinking that we’ve also lost something along the way—our ability to think big. Instead, we seem to swirl in a deathtrap of arguing over the finer details of balance for this or that, and carefully keeping our ideas ‘within reason’ so as to be taken seriously.
Some days, I think that I’d rather walk in stations.