I remember being a little kid and literally feeling like video games were real alternate realities. Phantasy Star Online was advertised as a whole new world to interact with people from around the world. When I played it on dreamcast as a kid online it felt limitless and magical and amazing. Same for the game Command & Conquer Tiberian Sun. The game had so much value. Even unreal Tournament. These days I see those games as what they are. Simple programs filled with flaws. Dead communities. There is no limitless mystery and magic. I’ve even made my own edits to the games run my own private servers. Hacked the games to play as I wanted. Now they mean nothing.
In relation I see the same thing with EVE Online. I wonder how many people actually see it as what I once saw video games as. For some reason I’ve always seen through EVE Online as a grinding spreadsheet. A waste of my time and energy.
I just came across this person playing eve and you can see how excited and happy the game makes them:
It’s interesting to me. They must see the game as I used to see games when I was 12.