Hey pipo, I’m a pretty new player already leaving the game after being exhaustively discouraged by griefers. I thought I would share my recent Steam review and see how the EVE community reacts:
TL;DR – It’s a “sandbox” game. If you build a sand castle, be prepared for a group of little bastards to come jump all over it
“CRY MORE, CARE BEAR” – immediate reaction of most EVE players reading this. That should give you a good sense of the community in a nutshell.
Been playing nonstop for a few weeks now. I was instantly hooked: beautiful graphics, complex game mechanics. Lots of really cool spaceships. The whole premise of the game is staked on the idea that there’s this huge, gorgeous universe with all kinds of possibilities, and you can go out and do whatever you want.
Since I couldn’t really find a helpful, friendly Corp to join, I decided what I wanted to do was start a Corp for other new players. I did it, and recruited 20+ members pretty quickly. We formed a solid little community and were learning the game together, slowly building up towards better ships… We even built our own space station base. It was awesome, for about a week.
Then the “griefers” noticed us.
Suddenly we had one, two, three, four and five war declarations on our corp. War declarations enable other Corps to attack your Corp freely with absolutely no repercussions, even in “high security” space, where attacking other players is normally prohibited. There is no way to prevent or defend against this. Suddenly, our core group of 8 new players was at war with over 100 established players. They started camping our base 24/7, killing off our members as they mined asteroids or traveled around in their starter ships.
I quickly realised that the “whatever you want” thing is intrinsically limited by other people doing whatever THEY want - as apparently, all many other people want to do is stop you from doing what you want to do.
I guess it’s just a reflection of human nature. Or, the nature of some of these cretins who play the game, anyway. I think it’s geared toward an older player base, but you still get plenty of kids with plenty of personal issues who don’t fit into anything constructive and avoid dealing with their shortcomings by going around demonstrating their superiority over new players who have literally just finished the in-game tutorial.
Would love to be able to recommend this game but honestly, at this point it’s just a sad reminder that people kind of suck.