Monday, August 27, 2012
In this column, we'll don our flared trouser-suits and flip up our giant collars to jive on down to the Bee Gees greatest disco hits. Not.
Instead then, we'll look at one of the games that GTZ supports to find out what makes it tick. Or stay alive. Ba-dum-tish. See what I did there?... Yeah, I know, pretty weak. I might change the column title next week.
I am quite proud to admit that I am a long-time player of the world's greatest online sci-fi experience. In fact, in a round-about sort of way you have EVE Online to thank for having me being the one writing this gibberish. But that's a story for another time, you're probably wondering what all the fuss is about spaceships.
EVE Online is a unique online experience that allows you to participate in a single persistent universe centred around a dystopian vision of the future of the human race. It is an immersive and freeform 'sandbox' that allows it's thousands of players to interact with each other in any way they see fit. For some, it is the opportunity to explore the sinister beauty of space with friends, for others it is the excuse to hunt those explorers down and destroy them.
Unlike most other MMOs, the universe of New Eden is a single shard, meaning every pilot can potentially cross paths with every other player from across the world. It is a peerless social experiment that has been described as a “giant social networking environment based around spaceships”. It really does bring out the best and the worst in human nature like no other game.
Whether you want to fight, trade, empire-build, manufacture or simply fly around in uniquely designed spaceships admiring the stunning views, EVE Online caters with aplomb.
But be warned, with it's infinite depth comes bewildering complexity and a harshness many gamers are not used to.
If that piques your interest, check out the official EVE Online site or drop by Freebooted for a gateway into the world beyond the game client. Just don't forget to come back here for your EVE Time Codes.