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How has EVE Online help shape your REAL LIFE?

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#1 - 2017-04-17 19:42:28 UTC  |  Edited by: NickyYo
I've been thinking about this recently..

I started playing back in 2007, and within a few months of starting i decided to learn to code with the EVE Online API.. The reason for this decision was to create a tool that helped solve an in-game problem. EVE linked fun (gaming) with coding! i got hooked! So, I quit my art degree and started a computer degree and 4 years later got a job as a front end engineer specializing in Javascript and have been doing it ever since. Because of this, i moved flats and met my GF.

If i didn't get into this game who knows what i would be doing now... or who i would be with..

How has EVE help shape your life?


Yebo Lakatosh
Brutor Tribe
Minmatar Republic
#2 - 2017-04-17 21:28:38 UTC
I considered to start bugging people to transfer me money, so I'll send it back twofolds!

Elite F1 pilot since YC119, incarnate of honor, integrity and tidi.

Chewytowel Haklar
Brutor Tribe
Minmatar Republic
#3 - 2017-04-17 21:34:21 UTC
I'm still sitting at the same computer pounding my fingers into a keyboard and reading more than I am playing. Maybe it has in some way impacted me, but it hasn't been as life altering as what you described. Happy you managed to pull it off and improve yourself!
oiukhp Muvila
#4 - 2017-04-17 22:22:36 UTC
I spent less RL money on beer at pubs, Got a bit better at spreadsheets, and oh yeah...

Learned a few more Norse phrases, like "Techno Viking".

licht dark
perfect FAIL
#5 - 2017-04-17 22:28:19 UTC
Real life???? What is that?
Nasar Vyron
S0utherN Comfort
#6 - 2017-04-17 22:55:05 UTC  |  Edited by: Nasar Vyron
Something resembling a Pear.

Seriously though, I've always loved space and anything math related so it was a good fit. I've always had fun coming up with my own design/balance changes to any game I've played since I was a teenager - a kind of "if I were a dev" scenario. Found EVE when I was just graduating high school and actually helped point me towards getting my computer engineering major though I later focused on AI and embedded systems (I'm now 30).
Sonya Corvinus
Grant Village
#7 - 2017-04-18 01:02:39 UTC
I just got out of jail for stealing a guy's car because he left it unlocked, and then scamming a priest at a local church out of his life's savings.
Litla Sundlaugin
#8 - 2017-04-18 01:04:56 UTC
Guess for me it reinforces my thoughts on humanity unleashed, glad humans are not able to get their paws on this stuff if it was real.
CCP Falcon
#9 - 2017-04-18 01:15:20 UTC  |  Edited by: CCP Falcon
I started playing EVE when I was 18.

I was the quietest guy in the world, and the thought of even having to give a presentation in front of five people, or do an interview absolutely terrified me. I was a serious introvert.

I started playing in 2002 during beta, then after release in 2003 I was like "spaceship game made by a group of nutjobs on a volcanic rock in the middle of nowhere? I'll play it for a bit, it's only going to last 6 months." At that point in time the only thing I knew about Iceland was volcanoes and Bjork.

EVE lasted into 2004, so I joined ISD as part of CRC (that's what the forum moderators were called back then) and had fun pirating and forum moderating.

In 2005 I was like "Well ****, it's still here." my confidence had grown a little bit as I'd started talking to people a little more, so I thought "Screw it, I'll form my own corp. I'm not the leadership type so it's only going to last 6 months." Yeah, right.

2008 rolls along and I've got a notorious 100 man pirate corp only my hands - suddenly I'm flying to Iceland for Alliance Tournament 4. I'm still pretty introvert in real life other than being a big mouth in EVE, because hey, it's on the internet.

I remember being on the set of AT 4, absolutely shitting myself, fifteen minutes before we were due to go live, shaking like a leaf.

30 minutes into that broadcast I didn't look back.

I believe I missed AT 9 and 10 if I remember right, but have been involved in every one of them since 4 in some capacity or other - it just became a thing I've loved. The last 4 have been with CCP as a member of staff.

Fast forward from 2008 to 2017, and from a shy introvert it's now pretty hard to shut me up. I've presented on stage in front of thousands of people, live streamed in front of thousands, and interviewed for EVE media and press from all over the world.

That's all been thanks to EVE Online, CCP, and more than anything, this community.

So yeah, EVE basically changed who I am as a person, from a quiet, introvert, fast mouthed smartass nerd who really needed to get to know people before he'd open up to them, to the person I am today (a noisy, loudmouthed, extrovert smartass nerd who never shuts up).

EVE and this community have given me some of the biggest opportunities of my life, and both have been with me on a fifteen year journey of self discovery that, while it's had its rocky moments, has defined who I am and changed me in more ways than I can list.

TL;DR - Yes. P

CCP Falcon || EVE Universe Community Manager || @CCP_Falcon

Happy Birthday To FAWLTY7! <3

#10 - 2017-04-18 01:25:16 UTC
I was born in 1958. That makes me officially almost a senior citizen. I will retire in about three years and live off of my pension, investments and Social Security. What does this have to do with Eve Online? If the game remains about $15 a month, I can have more fun with that little bit of money than if I had a boat (had three), a classic car (had many) or a summer home (never had one).

BS you say? The boats almost put me into bankruptcy. The cars were bigger pains in the ass than I can even relate to you. When a 70 Camaro SS 396 is stuck on the side of a highway, you don't leave it no matter how long it takes to get a rollback. Good riddance to all of that.

Little ships and complex gameplay are not only my speed now but fit my budget for the foreseeable future. Now I have a reason to visit Iceland besides it seems like an awesome place. When I go to Vegas next I'll make it coincide with Eve Vegas.

Eve gives me things to do and people to do it with...pretty cheap (except for the trips).


Vortexo VonBrenner
#11 - 2017-04-18 01:28:47 UTC  |  Edited by: Vortexo VonBrenner
Falcon, you were painfully shy? Huh. Interesting...
Generic Corp Name
#12 - 2017-04-18 01:45:51 UTC
Got my current job largely because of Eve Online. I write accounting software.

You might think Spreadsheet Simulator and leave it at that. But you're be wrong.

The place I work at is a tiny little backwater office in another country. We regularly do conference calls to America. Juggling timezones is a regular occurrence at work.

At the time, I was the only Australian in a USTZ corp. Conference calls *cough*TeamSpeak*cough* and timezone differences were my bread and butter.
Scipio Artelius
Weaponised Vegemite
Flying Dangerous
#13 - 2017-04-18 02:33:07 UTC
NickyYo wrote:
...quit my art degree and started a computer degree and 4 years later got a job as a front end engineer specializing in Javascript and have been doing it ever since. Because of this, i moved flats and met my GF.

Best "winning EVE" story ever.
Alan Mathison
The Gold Angels
Sixth Empire
#14 - 2017-04-18 02:37:54 UTC
What a magnificent question!

I've learned more about people, management, diplomacy, and conflict management in the last 4 years than the last 30 in a career! I've written award-winning fiction for the first time in decades. I've met some of the most amazing people of my life. Ten years ago, if someone had mentioned that this would happen, I would have cheerfully laughed in their face.

I'm not laughing now.

-- Alan Mathison, Explorer & Industrialist, Star Tide Industries

Nova Labs
#15 - 2017-04-18 07:25:35 UTC
I credit eve with motivating me to learn two programming languages.

PHP when the old New Eden Research website needed to be refactored away from its original ColdFusion incarnation.

More recently Python, when I wanted to start playing with the API, something that Python's good at.

I've just volunteered for a project at work that will work with a 3rd party provider's REST API based on my experience with eve's. Let's see where that goes.
Otherworld Enterprises
Otherworld Empire
#16 - 2017-04-18 07:26:18 UTC
EVE taught me how to steal millions of dollars in real life and get away with it!

Except the part of getting away with it. And now my daily 5 min of internet time is up.

★★★ Secure 3rd party service ★★★

Visit my in-game channel 'Holy Veldspar'

Twitter @ChribbaVeldspar

Keno Skir
#17 - 2017-04-18 08:32:46 UTC
Using the market system in EvE taught me to do a similar thing with Bitcoin Pirate
School of Applied Knowledge
Caldari State
#18 - 2017-04-18 19:13:05 UTC
NickyYo wrote:

How has EVE help shape your life?

EVE has made me fat, i was fit before eve P

"They worried we would eventually offer not just vanity items, but ones that would give the Haves an unfair advantage over the Have-Nots."

Lulu Lunette
Savage Moon Society
#19 - 2017-04-19 11:56:59 UTC
It was more the other way around for me.


Missiles 'R' Us
#20 - 2017-04-19 11:58:57 UTC

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