Whenever Tobold talks about EVE, it’s always entertaining, but sadly it’s the “Keen” kind of entertaining, if you know what I mean. And just a day after making a “WoW is too easy and not fun now” post (wish someone had said that earlier to avoid the problem…), today is a fun trip into the EVE economy, with a WoW comparison at the end (those always work out well).
The major problem about Tobold writing about EVE is the same one I get accused of when writing about WoW; not playing the game. Yet unlike Tobold, I’ve actually played WoW save the last ten levels, and the concept of 99.9% of the content being more faceroll easy now is not THAT hard for me to grasp (plus I read TAGN, which is basically like playing WoW anyway) . Tobold played EVE in beta, so you know, just a FEW things have changed since 2003 (even if Tobold is using the Blizzard-pace scale of MMO updates, and not CCPs).
Here is his last paragraph:
The funny thing is that EVE has a lot of hardcore fans, which will undoubtedly swarm all over this post in the comment thread to defend EVE. That is exactly the same people who tend to complain about games where you can buy your way to power, but somehow in their mind it is different if EVE does that. Imagine Blizzard would offer gold for dollars, and automatic leveling of unplayed WoW characters as long as you pay a monthly fee for that, there would be a huge outcry. I wouldn’t like that in World of Warcraft, and I don’t like that in EVE Online. EVE being a PvP game doesn’t change that, just the opposite: You being able to boost your power with money is even worse if you directly compete with other players in PvP.
Now troll bait aside, can anyone tell Tobold why WoW PvP and EVE PvP are different, or why paying Blizzard to reach max level (you can already do that ‘buddy’) is a non-issue? If you said “stuff blows up”, you are indeed smarter than a Tobold (TV show reference, not a personal attack). Anyone who has played EVE has come across or knows of some fool who bought a ship/character he has no clue how to use (the ‘dreaded’ and ‘unbalanced’ RMT part) only to have it blown to bits the second he enters low-sec (or even high-sec if the target is rich/stupid enough). Actually I’m sure even WoW players have come across some decked-out character who can’t set up a hotbar, because RMT happens in WoW all the time, only in WoW it’s far less controlled and more likely to cost you a CC number or bank account.
That’s what separates games like EVE from WoW though; in WoW I can buy a top-tier raiding character, faceroll every instance save the final raid, and learn (risk-free) the 1-2-4-1 combo I need to win in PvP in short order. Even if I’m ‘special’, the additional week it will take me to master WoW PvP still does not mean I risk a thing, and no matter how poorly you play (intentionally or not), you NEVER lose that bought power, at least not until Blizzard resets it for you for the low price of $45 (coming ‘soon’). Plus if I’m Richy Rich fresh off the short bus, I’m very likely queued up and ready to join you in that instance. “Whats taunt?” says the all-epics warrior. (That joke would be funnier if taunt was still required to clear an instance, but just go with it)
Tobold, you need to play EVE. For someone who talks about economics as much as you do to not have at least tried the best econ MMO in the genre is almost a crime. We know you won’t be flying out to low-sec and setting up a gate camp, but Empire space will keep you entertained between now and your paid gear reset, and you can finally put all of that good economic knowledge to work in a game with a real market and real competition. And in the rare event that you do lose a pixel or two (you won’t, but you know, fear the PvP boogie-man), all that economic mastery should mean you can easily get back on your feet. I can even, just for you, set up an affiliate link for you to use, because I’m a nice guy like that.