As my remaining two readers may have noticed, the frequency and energy of my posts have declined over the last few months. I tried to keep a “2 posts / month” schedule and while I have largely been able to do this, I am not happy with the content – its sloppy, thin, not funny, badly edited and overall I am not satisfied. In part this is due to time constraints, I had changes in my real (work) life that were in some ways awesome (I get to run my own startup) in other words scary as hell (I get to run my own startup). Gaming in general isn’t in my head at the moment.
Add to this my disappointment with EVE, my only game of choice. I am not going to lament that EVE is dying, considering that the entire market for PC-based games is declining by 4% / year (too lazy to look up the reference), EVE is holding up pretty well. New players join up as alphas and within days sit fat and happy in Rorquals in Delve – EVE as CCP wants it to be. No, EVE isn’t dying, “my” EVE is dying. The game I enjoyed with friends, where owning a Wormhole was a team sport and not the case of one guy (me) with an alt corp (mine) just dump some Citadels down without worrying too much about fuel or evictions. That EVE is gone and gone for good. CCP decided a few years ago that nullsec is the only driver for revenue and have basically stopped all development anywhere else.
Blaming CCP for me not wanting to log in is a cheap and unfair way of describing whats going on. CCP makes a product and arguably has a marketing department that carefully analyzes the retention of new, paying customers. Maybe I am simply not in the core customer base right now, this happened to me before, in 2009 World of Warcraft changed from a multiplayer game to a single player game where all human interactions were superfluous. I had enough of the gear-score-driven LFG system and one day logged off and walked off. I feel like I am close to this situation in EVE right now.
Instead of throwing the towel and biomassing, I am taking a semi-official break until December (ish). I am not having any expectations that EVE Vegas will bring any features that would excite me to log back in but I will certainly watch where I can. I truly, honestly, hope that something will be announced where I can get my mojo back.
Until then, enjoy, blow stuff up and have fun without me!