I’m a little slow. Been playing EVE Online for about 8 years total since 2008. Straight through since 2012, and appreciate this tech (but aging I guess) wonder of the world and the crazy people in it… But I just realized why people don’t get immersed in Eve PVP. I’m speaking from a solo PVP perspective, not an easier-randomer fleets perspective.
The reason it’s hard for people to get immersed in PVP is it takes a lot of knowledge and retention of information to win. That ship has kitey bonuses, this one has drones bonuses, that one among the selection is fast/brawly/kitey/shieldy/armor reppy, etc. How would anybody know? Except for careful education/study, or the words of a beneficient benefactor. It’s like being in a WWII submarine, and plotting plans toward risky combats.
But… human minds don’t think like sub commander minds that much, do they? They’re not so good at studying ink profiles of ships and memorizing their silhouettes and optimal ranges, eh? But battles are won by soldiers and sailors having the morale to get up and feeling good about punching heads, be brave, I heard the mission and here goes.
That’s the thing that’s missing in Eve Online. It’s a beautifully crafted system. But it doesn’t incorporate the ‘hoka hey’ way that people in tribes or clans really do things. Xx1000s of submarine aces has been good, but