[EVE Online] My subscription has run out and I think I’m done playing EVE Online for good. War between large alliances has shown me some things about pure PVP games, things I don’t care for. Is PVP in it’s true form nothing short of grief play? At least in EVE, I say yes it is.
In EVE, it seems the best way to win a war is to try and ruin the fun of the game for your opponent. Smack them on the public forums, get spies into their alliance so you can post private forum threads on the public forums, steal their stuff, shut off their player-owned stations from within, and do everything you can to demoralize them. In short, make them want to quit playing the game. In a game that supports these play styles, expect nothing less.
I used to have fun in EVE. I could do what I wanted, only an occasional issue with other players to deal with. But when a huge alliance decides they don’t like the way yours plays the game and they want you to quit, they can make it happen. There is little recourse for a “carebear” alliance against an alliance born and bred to destroy anything and everything. It’s not fun to watch the things your alliance built taken away or destroyed. Smaller alliances will have even less of a chance to survive. It’s kill or be killed – nothing more, nothing less.
I guess I really am a carebear, because I have no desire to play a game that encourages such low and spiteful behavior. This is why I avoided PVP in games before and why I’ll avoid them in the future. Any time I decided it would be fun to do something, someone else would show up and ruin my fun. No thanks.
There must be people that enjoy this, as PVP servers seem to be pretty popular. After all, fighting other people is more challenging than fighting computer controlled creatures, right? When you pretty much know if you will win or lose before the battle starts, how is it fun? I must be missing something, because I don’t understand the appeal.
The things I’ve seen players do to each other in EVE Online surprised me. Some say it’s just a game. I agree, it is just a game. But when it ceases to be fun for me, I need to cut the strings and walk away. When many players’ fun involves ruining the game for me, it’s time to go. Really, I should have left sooner. There are some real scumbags playing EVE.
To those that enjoy this aspect of games, more power to you. I don’t understand it, but that doesn’t automatically make it wrong. You have your places to play, I have mine.
It’s too bad though, because I saw the potential for a lot of amazing things in EVE. Things that could be done. Things that still might be done. But it’s going to be difficult with all the grief-happy players in space.
There are a lot of good people playing in EVE. I only hope they can survive against the growing groups of people that feel that the only way to play is to kill everyone that doesn’t play the way you do. I have seen many a good person quit because they aren’t having fun any more. EVE is not yet all about war and only war, but it is heading in that direction. The people that want it can rejoice. In their mind, they are just weeding out the weak. So be it, I’m weak. I can admit it.