EVE: lets do something less boring instead!

As normal I get up, I get dressed, Argentinian winters are mild but not mild enough for playing EVE in my bday suit! I have an hour and a half before I have to leave for work! (Slightly less today as I must brave the rain to walk 2 blocks to buy cigs for my wife before I leave, a nice gesture that I hope pays off in extended gametime this evening!)

The loader runs an update while logging me in, I love that, less waiting, or more importantly it feels like less waiting! Monday TSUXX loads up and stares down at the monitor, surveying what’s going on from his perch on the top left corner. I check the skill queue, as a trial account its only 1 day(ish) long so check to see what’s going on, Motion Prediction 4 has 1d 1hr to go! I was doing the mountain outta molehills career agent missions, next up manufacture a shuttle, Oh NO, first need to mine mats or buy them in the market which is tedious and then the manufacturing queue wait…

So lets see what else can I do… no-one I know is ingame… OK er lets get the fuck outta here…

Time to run my hobbit through Bree in LOTRO (The strange picture of a hobbit being tortured by being dipped into molten bree cheese pops into my head!) its all for a good cause, I started a fan-fiction project based around this little bugger…The Adventures of Opopa!

This lack of easy to jump into gaming in EVE is surely not helping build for the future. People, in general, are not playing games the same way as back in the day, they pop in and out of games, life is too busy for most to be able to dedicate a huge session to a game. The youth of today, in general, ain’t got the attention span of us pre internet old farts. Although some do develop it over time…

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This reminded me of a 1985 kids TV series I used to watch, Why Don’t You?. The opening contained the immortal line, ‘Why don’t you switch off the television and go do something less boring instead!’ So beautifully oxymoronic! Today the ‘TV’ should be replaced by ‘digital device’, but I predict I will be having this fight with my sons for the next 15 years!

Interesting experiment: sit 1000 youths down, in front of 1000 computers with EVE loaded up and ready to go, I wonder how many would actually play the game. I reckon most would close, or minimize it instantly and log into their social networks. I reckon a few would struggle as there is no touch screen interaction!

Its nice to be a grumpy old man sometimes… I so much want to get into EVE Online… tomorrow morning I will try again, maybe its warmer tomorrow, maybe EVE Online is better played butt naked!

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