Meta what? Is it hurting EvE?

Just FYI I am out of town and wrote this before I left so I wont get a chance to read and link the others banter posts…..I’ll do that when I get back.

Welcome to the fifth installment of the EVE Blog Banter, the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created by CrazyKinux. The EVE Blog Banter involves an enthusiastic group of gaming bloggers, a common topic within the realm of EVE Online, and a week to post articles pertaining to the said topic. The resulting articles can either be short or quite extensive, either funny or dead serious, but are always a great fun to read! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed here.

This month’s topic comes to us from Mynxee of Life in Low Sec. She asks “Alts and Metagaming: Is playing two accounts who are logged in at the same
time and work together (hauler/miner, explorer/combat associate, trade alts in trade hubs) a form of metagaming that is “ruining the game”?

articles at the bottom of this post!

So what is Metagaming?

According to wikipedia

“Metagaming is a broad term usually used to define any strategy, action or method used in a game which transcends a prescribed ruleset, uses external factors to affect the game, or goes beyond the supposed limits or environment set by the game.

In simple terms, using out-of-game information, or resources, to affect one’s in-game decisions.”

Is this blog metagaming?  I think not…..

According to Urban dictonary:

“Metagaming is a broad term usually used to define any strategy, action or method used in a game which transcends a prescribed ruleset, uses external factors to affect the game, or goes beyond the supposed limits or environment set by the game.In simple terms, using out-of-game information, or resources, to affect one’s in-game decisions.”

How does multiple accounts ( which EvE encourages BTW)…..a strategy that break the TOS

According to nationmaster.com

Within actual entertainment games, the term metagame is used to describe either a game system layered over the game system, to increase enjoyable complexity, or a game system by which game rules are created, such as Nomen (the game). Nomen (the game) is a sophisticated and simple example of a metagame popular as a pastime among philosophers and mathematicians, but has also spread widely among other people as a recreative pastime option. Some card games and board games allow pre-stated and set rule changes depending on extraneous events, such as distinct states of weather, commercials on the television, or a combination of cards put into play; this is also an example of metagaming.

This is my belief of what this term originally meant, then I looked it up and found the other two ( which is what I think Mynxee is asking us)

Well then it certainly depends on what Mynxee means? I think that some people complain that having multiple alts is metagaming. I disagree with one major caveat, all the accounts have to be controlled by the player, no bots no macros none of that BS. If your a bot herder or some other scum who macros don’t worry I’ll blow my +5 secuirty standing to send you away ( just ask the macro ratters who we evicted from our Esoteria base)

That being said, those that think having multiple accounts breaks the game I think miss the point entirely. Those with multiple screens to mess with, and to figure out, are at a disadvantage in PvP. Focus on one screen just a second too long and your blown away, take your focus away from a target too long and you die.

For mining, hauling and other industry type activities, hell no… another character isn’t metagaming (in the negative sense) some actions by CCP’s design require a player to control them. To haul for a person you still have to look at the other screen and scoop cans and dock n such, so rather than metagaming ‘tag’ I fall down on the belief this is smart strategy ( hence what I used to do in empire when mining with an alt, hauling was their specific purpose) Again it is easier to get ganked when dealing with multiple accounts on a box.

As for ruining that game that is utter nonsense, there is a critical mass that people can control and still be useful, granted that depends on the person, but I do not know a single PvP guy that will play on two boxes at once, and I know many of these same people who do it for the more mundane activities. I’d like to know who thinks this is ruining EvE?

Mynxee the dear pirate leader of the hellcats, as always, has come up with a good topic.

edited I added the list below

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2 Responses to “Meta what? Is it hurting EvE?”

  1. Mining ops without alts are just a complete pain. Who is going to sit at a POS in a Rorqual for 6 hours? No one. So I use my main to mine and my alt to run the Rorq.

  2. It really can be a huge disadvantage trying to run two accounts concurrently where the characters are supporting each other in some operation or another. I have lost focus in radar sites when doing that and lost some very expensive ships on one character while I was focused on the screen of the other. I'm glad I don't have to do that anymore, because Mynx can do her own scanning and hacking now.

    When you think about it, the game really is set up to encourage alts.

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