I have been playing EVE online for two years now. I have been taking long breaks so it has not been continuous. The reason why i just leave after one or two months of playing is the “alpha effect”. I know, there have been thousands of topics already on this. But i feel like sharing because by motivation to play is again very low. Don’t get me wrong, i love EVE as much as any of you, that is why i keep insisting on coming back.
The “alpha effect” is explained by the fact that any player with alts ( by alts i include everything but the three characters in the main account) will have a massive advantage over single-account players. No matter the context, a player that uses alts is by fair more successful in every aspect of EVE.
Many friends of mine have told me " you can finance alts with skill extractors". I have told them that skill extractors are another type of problem largely inflamed by alting. Others have said that " the only way to compete against alters is to become an alter themselves". I even have had some say that “i’m just poor in real life and such can’t afford” ( which really is not the case).
The social aspect of EVE online is also very strange now. Yesterday there were 40k players online but by players we mean accounts. How many real players are there in EVE? I try to know the people in the system or region that i live and the amount of times that i have found to be talking with alts is huge, if not, the most common.
With that said, i have more questions to you guys than any affirmations. I’m not taking any ground here. I’m literally trying to figure out all of this.
1- If alting gives a massive advantage to a player and alting can be done soly by using real money, isn’t EVE online “pay to win?”
2- What is the last known position of CPP about this? I’m sure they make tons of money with alts but still, have they showned any desire to make changes?
3- Is there a limit to the amount of alts a player can i have? My corp’s members in general have around 5-10 each. I heard that some people have 30. Those that happens?
4- I have not been a very active PVPer although i’m studying fits. Is alting also a issue during fights?
5- Did i get EVE online wrong? Is alting just the way to properly play EVE?
6- The last one, is it worth it for a single account player? If yes, by doing what kind of stuff? Because in everything have tried, i have felt limited and overscaled by players with alts.
I hope you understand that i’m not attacking anyone. I’m trying to be as honest and analytical as possible. After all, is my time and money that i’m spending in EVE. I just wanna make sure i’m making the right choice.