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How do you explain Eve to your friends and Family

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MainDrain
The Scope
Gallente Federation
#1 - 2013-04-18 11:39:56 UTC
Two Step (CSM Chap) posted on Twitter today a link to a Business Week article about the CSM http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-04-18/multiplayer-game-eve-online-cultivates-a-most-devoted-following#p1

On page two they refer to POS as Space Houses, and it got me thinking, how do you describe what you do in Eve to people around you?

For instance I once described the Pod system to my girlfriend as i was the inside of an egg, and thats my shell.

Morrow Disca
SniggWaffe
WAFFLES.
#2 - 2013-04-18 11:45:28 UTC
MainDrain wrote:
Two Step (CSM Chap) posted on Twitter today a link to a Business Week article about the CSM http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-04-18/multiplayer-game-eve-online-cultivates-a-most-devoted-following#p1

On page two they refer to POS as Space Houses, and it got me thinking, how do you describe what you do in Eve to people around you?

For instance I once described the Pod system to my girlfriend as i was the inside of an egg, and thats my shell.



I don't. It scares the 'normies'.
Colonel Xaven
Perkone
Caldari State
#3 - 2013-04-18 11:47:42 UTC
Shooting people is easy to explain for me. To describe EVE in general I usually say that you can do what you want, that it is harsh, pure capitalism, without limits or rules and that EVE is not for everyone.

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Cebraio
4S Corporation
Goonswarm Federation
#4 - 2013-04-18 11:49:34 UTC
I'd rather explain the Pods to be like the habitats of people in Matrix. I guess even the "average" girlfriend knows that movie.


Usually I don't explain EVE to others, because you can't explain the depth and nuances of the game anyway. They should rather try it and see if it's for them.

When my girlfriend watches me PVE or PVP I can't even really explain what she sees there, in a way that gets her interested. I even tried with Kil2 videos and let him explain, but that also only works for people who already know some aspects of the game.

Anunzi
Solace Corp
#5 - 2013-04-18 11:53:12 UTC
Morrow Disca wrote:
MainDrain wrote:
Two Step (CSM Chap) posted on Twitter today a link to a Business Week article about the CSM http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-04-18/multiplayer-game-eve-online-cultivates-a-most-devoted-following#p1

On page two they refer to POS as Space Houses, and it got me thinking, how do you describe what you do in Eve to people around you?

For instance I once described the Pod system to my girlfriend as i was the inside of an egg, and thats my shell.



I don't. It scares the 'normies'.




Pretty much this. The people I work with would never understand, they are all "soap operas are the pinnacle of audio visual entertainment" types.

My friends outside of work, most of them have played EvE at some point anyway.

EvE was brought up at work once, when Vile Rat was murdered and it was all over the news. They were all amazed that I knew about him just because we played the same game…. Weird people muggles.

"It was the way she said it, Rimmer, to rhyme with scum"

Schmata Bastanold
In Boobiez We Trust
#6 - 2013-04-18 11:54:09 UTC
I just accepted that Eve will never be our (wifey and I) thing, I will forever be alone in struggles among stars.

Funny thing is that when I started to play Eve my wife saw one of rat's haulers in some mission and she asked "Why are you shooting this vacuum cleaner?". It stuck and now my Eve time is my "vacuum cleaner time" which in fact confuses begeezus out of friends and family who are not aware of real meaning of that phrase and they hear I did it whole night.

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Cable Udan
Mea Culpa.
Shadow Cartel
#7 - 2013-04-18 11:58:10 UTC
Whenever a workmate or friend asks I just say it's internet spaceships and leave it at that, though my fiancée knows all about fleets and blowing people up for fun and profit and thinks it's endearing and cute that I enjoy Eve so much.
Seetesh
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Caldari State
#8 - 2013-04-18 11:58:53 UTC
My partner doesn't understand the game at all and she justs let's me get along with it now, but to friends I show them the old learning curve graph and ridicule how wow and other mmos are all safe and easy whilst in eve people will kill you on sight; most react by asking why I would play a game like that.. I often respond with "because I like to be the one upsetting and making people cry" . Eve is no ordinary game it's a life style choice for me.
Barrogh Habalu
Imperial Shipment
Amarr Empire
#9 - 2013-04-18 11:59:39 UTC  |  Edited by: Barrogh Habalu
I just say that it's a "lower deck Settlers online in space". It's not too eloquent and detailed, but considering some of my friends conversational habits, I'm lucky if I they let me finish even that phrase.

But then again, most of the time I don't need to explain it to friends since they already know that it's "that well-known MMO where people are aggressively pressured into commiting suicides IRL for losing corporate property they fly during CTAs at 3:00 AM".

Oh well...
War Kitten
Panda McLegion
#10 - 2013-04-18 12:02:20 UTC
MainDrain wrote:
Two Step (CSM Chap) posted on Twitter today a link to a Business Week article about the CSM http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-04-18/multiplayer-game-eve-online-cultivates-a-most-devoted-following#p1

On page two they refer to POS as Space Houses, and it got me thinking, how do you describe what you do in Eve to people around you?

For instance I once described the Pod system to my girlfriend as i was the inside of an egg, and thats my shell.



My friends and family all understand the concept of video games and spaceships.

I don't judge people by their race, religion, color, size, age, gender, or ethnicity. I judge them by their grammar, spelling, syntax, punctuation, clarity of expression, and logical consistency.

Dave Stark
#11 - 2013-04-18 12:03:15 UTC
it's spaceships on the internet.

then i change the subject. i spend all day playing it, the last thing i want to do with my free time is spend more time discussing eve.
Frederik Lindemann
Doomheim
#12 - 2013-04-18 12:06:51 UTC
People generally tend not to fully understand the mechanics or concept of the game, asking me why I'd like to engage in some hypercapitalist society in my free time.

Most see the game as boring, mainly due to the skill system. Anything that you can't complete in 24 hours is supposedly a waste of time Roll

They'll never understand.
Bienator II
madmen of the skies
#13 - 2013-04-18 12:10:39 UTC
its a game

how to fix eve: 1) remove ECM 2) rename dampeners to ECM 3) add new anti-drone ewar for caldari 4) give offgrid boosters ongrid combat value

Metal Icarus
Star Frontiers
Brotherhood of Spacers
#14 - 2013-04-18 12:15:46 UTC  |  Edited by: Metal Icarus
I tried once....

"...Oh yeah and then there is this thing called sovereignty....."

*eyes glaze over*

"Its a space game"
Felicity Love
Doomheim
#15 - 2013-04-18 12:19:54 UTC
Two words: "Not WOW".

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Chribba
Otherworld Enterprises
Otherworld Empire
#16 - 2013-04-18 12:24:43 UTC
Good article.

As for explaining, merely saying it's a game I play. Should anyone be interested further I'd try to explain it in a way possible - which by the way is pretty hard since it's a pretty complex universe we got here.

But the use of 'sandbox' is a great word to use.

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Minmat Sebtin
House of Sebtin
#17 - 2013-04-18 12:25:22 UTC
I found it is too hard to explain to non-gamers and as for the rest they treat EVE like it is some sort of sociopath training program.
Rocketfeller
Sebiestor Tribe
Minmatar Republic
#18 - 2013-04-18 12:26:04 UTC
"Daddy's going away for a while."
Morrow Disca
SniggWaffe
WAFFLES.
#19 - 2013-04-18 12:29:55 UTC
Rocketfeller wrote:
"Daddy's going away for a while."


Also this
Kietay Ayari
Caldari State
#20 - 2013-04-18 12:48:46 UTC
Libertarian Paradise. A game where each individual succeeds or fails according to their own ability. Where no one will hold your hand and make sure things are fair for you. A place where your achievements are your own. Also it is in space.

Ferox #1

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