05/16/2012 11:44 AM
Posted by mescyn
lots of space hate up in here.
I don't hate space games, I just dislike the fact that other than a reasonably good economy simulation, there's little else there, and that's just not enough for me.
Everything that isn't the economics part of eve just isn't all that compelling.
Honestly the only other thing that makes it worth looking it is the politics and actual SOCIAL aspect, something you actually rarely see in MMOs. Space-alliances don't get big out of coincidence, and the people who lead them tend to actually be very good at leading. If they aren't able to influence pilots to join their fleets or defend their space, then the alliance is simply destroyed. There's a lot of natural selection that goes on in that regard, and when someone makes a mistake it's extremely entertaining to see who takes advantage of it.
I did a wee bit of diplomat work when I played in a certain unnamed alliance, and it can be really interesting having to delegate with other people or trying to negotiate a treaty. Probably the most interesting part is doing diplomat work between alliances is when you have to negotiate with an all-russian or all-hungarian alliance that doesn't have any english speakers.
One other interesting aspect of the game is command. Unlike leadership (one big running joke is that most leaders dont even log into the game because all leadership work is metagame), fleet commanders are right there on the front line. It's important for other players to be able to trust the fleet commander, or else you might have pilots on the field not trusting the commander and not following his commands if he issues an order that players might think is risky. On top of that you have the strategy metagame, which involves positioning, pre-battle logistics in the form of warp safes, dealing with spies from other alliances, and releasing false information to make enemies act in a way which will hurt them in the long run.
The game is only what you make of it, and TBH 99% of what makes EVE great is actually metagame that isn't written in any manual or guide.