I love eve, I really do – it’s got everything you could want in a game: immersive gameplay, a sandbox style world where you can do whatever you want.
I think mostly because of my personality I’ve chosen to be a part of a large 0.0 holding alliance, which in turn is part of the largest power block in the game. This is what I love doing – conquering – seeing everything there is to see in a particular game.
When Playing WoW, it was the same – staying up late and getting up early, joining a “hardcore” raiding guild, getting the best stuff etc. When playing guild wars I was also part of a guild that raided FOW on a regular basis. All this takes a lot of effort and sometimes, when my wife asks me “did you have fun” I can’t answer yes….. having fun is not what games are for for me…. it’s like when someone asks you “did you have fun rock climbing” (another of my hobbies btw) “did you have fun running that marathon?” These things are not fun…. they are fulfilling, challenging, exciting, but not fun. fun is what I do with friends on the weekend playing a stupid chance-based board game. not caring about whether I win or loose.
however, despite the fact that I love putting in the effort to contribute to something that can only be achieved by hundreds of people working together, sometimes I really don’t want to log on and hear the FC (not all of them mind you) swear at the fleet for not being perfect… sometimes after having a tough week at work, with problems piling up and solutions few and far between and only 30 mins or so before I have to go to bed at night…. somtimes I just want to shoot monsters in the face….
or, as it so happened this week – bash them in the face with a severed arm… whatever, I’m not picky really.
Now that’s fun 🙂
I also sometimes pop on over to Guild wars again and run lowbie missions. sometimes I play half life2, sometimes Unreal tournament 3. it’s refreshing, it works out the aggression.