Meanwhile, in EVE Online…

by on July 18, 2012


From massive blog discussions to groundbreaking new features in the game itself, it turns out the blogosphere of EVE Online is far, far larger than we thought…

I’ve often wondered why some games develop massive blogospheres and others don’t. For years, of course, WoW’s blogosphere has been enormous (although it has become smaller over Cataclysm), and I never understood why no other game had quite the same level of dedicated, intelligent, thoughtful writing behind it.

Over the past few months, I’ve been discovering that one game does have just that: EVE Online. The EVE blogosphere is huge, and there’s some very interesting writers and discussions going on – even if you’re not an EVE player.

So, here’s a roundup of the latest happenings from the world of EVE. In all cases, I found these posts interesting despite not being an EVE player, and I think you will too…

  • It turns out that EVE has a Blog Azeroth equivalent, in the form of the massive, massive Blog Banter event. Jester’s strongly-worded takedown of EVE morality, which we featured last week, was just one of 27(!) fascinating essays questioning where EVE’s moral lines lie“the anonymity of internet culture combined with a competitive gaming environment encourages in-game behaviour to spread beyond the confines of the sandbox. Where is the line?”
  • Talking of Jester, AKA Ripard Teg, he’s talking about the upcoming changes CCP are making to how external programs can interact with the game – pretty jaw-dropping stuff, particularly if you’re used to how locked-down WoW can be, as they’re talking about letting external applications write to the EVE database itself” Giving players the ability to monitor and modify market orders from outside the game would be a big improvement… but of course it makes writing market bots a trivial exercise.”
  • Flosch at Random Waypoint has returned from months in EVE University, and he talks about his experiences, as a newbie EVE player, playing in what must be EVE Online’s only charity” In fact, for a couple of days, I peaked at no. 27 (of a 2800+ member organization) for top kills on a 90-day moving window. For someone who never liked PvP before, this is an interesting turn of events.”
  • And Syncaine uses a comparison with Guild Wars 2′s Realm vs Realm vs Realm system to describe the frankly terrifying complexities of how the EVE wormhole system works“Another consideration would be the total iLvl of gear you could bring to the battle. Whether you brought 100 newbies in starter gear, or ten guys in max iLvl stuff, each server connection would only support X amount of iLvl, and once that amount was crossed the connection would close and reopen to a different server.”

Are you an EVE player? Do you have, or know of, a blog we should be following?

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Seismic Stan (@Freebooted) July 18, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Thanks for mentioning the EVE Blog Banters. As one of many EVE bloggers and the curator of the Blog Banters, I thought I might leave a little more info for those interested.

The Banters are a long standing tradition in the vibrant and vast EVE blogging community and the purpose is to share of ideas and opinions whilst encouraging the cross-pollenation of readership. We regularly have 20-30 participants discussing a variety of EVE-related topics, but more are always welcome and you don’t have to be a dedicated EVE blog to participate. Some folk have recently started blogs simply to join the conversation.

There are literally hundreds of bloggers in EVE’s bloggeratti, each with their own specialised fields of expertise and styles of writing. The Blog Banters are just like our club house and it’s a great place to for participants to bounce off each other and for readers to discover which EVE blogs might align with their interests.

Because of the diversity of the sandbox options, the diversity of writing is astounding and can be quite a rabbit warren. Aside from the Blog Banters, other good places to start are the EVE Blog Pack (a broad variety of the most prolific and well-regarded blogs) and the EVE Bloggers Portal (an aggregated feed of almost all EVE blogs, newsfeeds and podcasts.

The prismatic universe of of EVE blogs welcomes careful readers.

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Seismic Stan (@Freebooted) July 18, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Further to my above post, given the topic being discussed and the wider perception of EVE Online, it would be especially interesting to read responses to this month’s Blog Banter from external sources. The question we asked was:

“EVE Online sits on the frontier of social gaming, providing an entertainment environment like no other. The vibrant society of interacting and conflicting communities, both within the EVE client and without, is the driving force behind EVE’s success. However, the anonymity of internet culture combined with a competitive gaming environment encourages in-game behaviour to spread beyond the confines of the sandbox. Where is the line?”

If anyone does participate and would like to be included in the banter list and the subsequent review, simply post the URL to your article at the bottom of the Blog Banter post.

It would be refreshing to hear from the world beyond New Eden.

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Arg July 19, 2012 at 4:58 am

fiddlersedge.blogspot.com is a well written blog by someone who has a brain, but does not post nearly as often as Jester.

k162space.com/ is for all those industrialists out there. Love logistic chains? Do you open up Excel every day and say to yourself, “Gee, this is great, but I wish it had lasers and jump drives”, then go here and make your dreams come true.

http://www.evenews24.com/ is not a blog, but does give daily news reports on what is going on around the game. Beware the comments section, for it will stare back at you.

http://www.kugutsumen.com/ and http://failheap-challenge.com/forum.php are for posting about EVE. Beware the bittervets who stopped playing EVE long ago, yet still follow every political turn and punch.

There are hundreds of blogs out there, and I find new ones all the time. I consider the above My Essentials.

Oh, and Stan – thanks for all your hard work on shepherding the Blogs, I appreciate it.

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