It’s been a long time since I played EVE Online – I quit about five or six years ago to try other games, and never really went back. Recently, though, it was featured during the Steam holiday sale, and I decided to check it out again! I wasn’t disappointed.
Of course, I’m running into trouble that I would expect from returning to such a complicated game after such a long time – the learning curve is intense, a million things have changed, and I have no idea what I was doing before I quit, or why I was doing it. But starting “fresh” has had its benefits and its own opportunities, as well.
For one thing, I’m playing socially for the first time ever. I’ve joined a corporation (I ran my own when I played before) which is part of an alliance. There are people buzzing about all the time, doing things, talking about things, generally hanging out. It’s amazing! The game is completely different when you have support and social activity. It makes sitting in space for 45 minutes poking an asteroid with a laser beam enjoyable and *gasp* fun, instead of dull and lifeless.
Sadly, this means that I’m setting aside my other MMOs for a while. I will miss them, but this is the kind of game I can get into while focusing on school – just my kind of thing.