Freedom: the beauty in EvE


Welcome to the twenty-sixth 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 or so 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 to Check for other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

This month’s topic was proposed by @KatiaSae of the much praised “To Boldly Go” blog. Katia asks: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As an astrophotographer, I’ve found it in the stars and planets of New Eden. Where have you found it? Perhaps you’ve found beauty in the ships we fly? Maybe it’s the sight of profits being added to your bottom line? Or maybe it’s the pilot portraits you see in the comm channels? Where ever you’ve found it, write about it and post an image.” Don’t be afraid go beyond the simple visual aspects of EVE as well. Is the EVE Community in itself a thing of beauty? What makes EVE the game, the world, the Community, so appealing to you?

The beauty in EvE.

The beauty in EvE is that there is ultimate freedom to do whatever it is you WANT to do.  The reality in EvE is that often times there are costs associated with doing whatever it is you want to do.  These costs are the HAVE to do items. Some good examples of HAVE to do items:

  1. You HAVE to make in game money someway, somehow, no cash = no ships, no ships= no money ( granted this may change with Incarna)
  2. You HAVE to have something you trust.  Be it a corporation, a single other player, CONCORD, or yourself, there must be something that you trust. Without some tiny bit of trust somewhere EvE is a very cold dark place
  3. You absolutely must enjoy whatever it is that you are doing.

Whatever it is that you do in EvE, failure to remember these three things will lead to some problems.

Manasi’s WANT to do list is surprisingly short.

  • I want to log in and shoot people without too much muss and fuss
  • I want to be able to win 1/2 the time or more
  • I want to enjoy the game

Freedom of choice is a wonderful thing that can , at times, be frightening.

One of the BEST reasons for living in 0.0 is that you have the freedom to choose how you want to live, who you will be friendly and not friendly towards and the rules are all of your own creation!

in-game examples:

  • You can choose to engage in your Macharial at the potential cost of the ship.
  • You can choose to leave/join a corp at the cost/benefit of some friends.
  • You can choose to invade a ‘friend’, but in the end they may be stronger and force you out of your home.

There is always a cost for everything, sometimes easy to handle, other times not so easy.

So make your choice and USE your freedom!  The proper exercise of freedom is essential lest you forget that you have it.

This post was initially 1 longer post but I decided NOT to do what I had initially planned  that will come in a rare Saturday morning post on AMIE.

Saturday’s post may also include the Interview that i was promised and received from CCP!

Other banters as they become available!


~ by Manasiv5 on April 29, 2011.

2 Responses to “Freedom: the beauty in EvE”

  1. Oh this is very true. The combination of the sandbox of EVE and the players freedom of choice. i can certainly see the beauty in that. Thanks so much for participating in this month’s blog banter. I’ve been enjoying reading each and everyone that I’ve found so far. Thanks for sharing your thoughts as well! 🙂

  2. Ahhh, the sand box. Yes, it is an amazing thing to explore and experiment with such freedom. However, how intoxicating would that freedom be without players to interact or exert upon? I assert that the game’s player base is the most beautiful thing about this game- the ability to interact with that player base in a sand box unlike any other MMO!
    Even more impressive is that the EVE player base is so unique and populated with such talented individuals, that help to enrich the game further setting it apart from the competition.

    In essence you have a wonderful and unique sand box (when it works) coupled with a truly amazing player base unlike any other I have experienced.

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