First, a few ‘disclaimers:’ this is a forum posting alt. I am no longer paying a subscription fee, and am therefor an alpha.
Now, that aside, what is eve’s main product? What is it selling you? My contention is ‘ego.’ Eve provides no real content aside from ‘player driven,’ as it’s a ‘sandbox.’
We grind skills, in real time, to get ships and modules, at an exponential price increase as the modules go up in power. So far, so good. But what do we use them for? To be able to access ever greater, ever better content?
No. There is no content, aside from missions and a few story arcs. We use them to wipe out other people’s ships, structures, and to accumulate more isk to buy more stuff, that has an equal chance of getting wiped out. Bring in real money. Plex. You can use this to generate an influx of isk, to keep living at a comfortable level, after the losses, or you can buy ‘skins’ and clothes and such, for your character.
But you’re the only one that cares about these things. Nobody that I have heard from yet, has come and said, you know, we were gonna gank this guy, but that skin was so great, we just couldn’t.
So you grind and grind, for, the grind. That being the game, if we can call it that, what’s the point in being omega at all?
An alpha loses a lot less. An alpha can’t use expensive modules, so he won’t buy them. A few alphas, in concert, can take down blinged ships, just the same. It was bad enough that eve felt like a second job, due to a lack of having any real content of it’s own, but with the gate-camps, alts, +2 scouting alts, etc, etc, as a smaller entity, why should I pay anything, as in real money, at all? Do I really care if my ship is a different color? No. Do I really care if you blow up my T1 stuff? No. It’s insured, something that loses it’s value, nearly instantly, with anything else.
This game, while not dead, I know it has a very loyal core customer base, is headed in the wrong direction, imo. All they are selling you is ego, bragging rights: I blew up this and got that, and I won this fight against this helpless noob, and ganked this or that. I have a cool skin I did it in in my Omega ship. Ain’t I cool?
Other than that? Is eve selling you anything else?