I recently picked up a deeply discounted book from Amazon / Kindle store: Failure is not an Option by Gene Kranz. Kranz served as flight controller for Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Missions – you likely remember Ed Harris playing him masterfully in Apollo 13. His autobiography is a bit hard to read – it is quite technical but look beyond the jargon and the passion of the man, the team and the nation appears. Humans do not belong into space because space is useful, strategic or creates jobs. Humans belong into space because we are programmed with the desire to push beyond the borders. So, here is to all those space experts commenting on the futility of NASA’s aim to reach Mars – instead of commenting on TMC, write your congressman, tell him to grow some brass ones and stand up for a large project that can unite a people, breach the frontier, get people of this rock and reach for the stars.
What does this have to do with EVE? Well, CCP has grown brass ones, that much has been clear. They have a plan, they have a mission and they are going after it with passion, clarity and certainly plenty of raw talent. Whether its the upcoming expansion (Rhea) or the cancellation of a relatively new feature because “in its current state it is adding the wrong type of complexity“. Those are words of an organization that has matured, has a goal and has the brashness paired with the confidence of Gene Kranz’ Mission Control.
Of course, one can go full-cynic, EVE is just Excel in space. The race to the moon was just a whim to bankrupt the Russians. We will never make it to Mars.
But those thoughts are poison. I spent ~ 10 years of my career in a series of start-up companies and saw more failure and disaster than one should think possible. Sometimes we didn’t recover. Most of the time, we did. We did because we truly believed that what we were doing was “right” in the absolute meaning of the word. While harsh words have their place, wavering in the fundamentals has never created anything.
So, to all you sissies out there. EVE will succeed as a game. We will go to Mars.
Make it happen.