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Blog Banter 77 – The Malaise
Is there a malaise affecting Eve currently? Blogs and podcasts are going dark and space just feels that little bit emptier. One suggestion is that there may be a general problem with the vets, especially those pre-Incarna and older, leaving and being replaced by newer players who are not as invested in the game. The colonists versus immigrants? Is this a problem? Are there others? Or is everything just fine and it’s just another bout of summer “ZOMG EVE IZ DYING!”
Eve is like a pair of Siamese twins sharing vital organs. There is the company and then there is the player base. Neither exists without the other. (Yes the players will go on but they will not be the player base of Eve)
So when someone says that Eve is dying I always wonder which twin are we looking at? The player population is one measure and the companies health seems to be the other. But if one twin starts to fall the other will try to support it as best it can (or fall right along with him/her). I am sure that and unchecked fall of one will kill both and that will happen someday. But this is not (yet) that day.
But summer for Eve is an odd time. I am sure any of us living in a place like Iceland would take advantage of fair weather whenever possible so it is not a huge surprise when they all seem to take their off time in the same months. This causes a slowdown in production and change to the game so the doom-cryers shout that Eve is dying. By the same regard players from around the globe seem to also have lives and some minor awareness of the outdoors. We go out and try RL for a bit and don’t log onto the game as much. DEATH DOOM DESPAIR!!
I have often admitted to being an optimist but even I acknowledge that all things end, someday, myself included. That does not mean I go through each day browsing casket catalogues, just that I am aware of mortality in all things. Will Eve die? yup. It will die when one twin or the other gives up. I do not surrender easily to panic, despair, doom. Knowledge of mortality does not mean we have to race towards it rushing past all the life between now and then.
stop . . . smell the roses . . . blow something up and play the game
I’ll be in there, waiting for you and if I am the last player? I will turn out the lights when I am done.
Oh, while writing this I had lots of images and research that molded my thoughts without making it into the post. From the Matrix ‘not like this’ to history of conjoined twins who died. But in the end? I gots stuff to do, in game and out.