Monday, 6 May 2013

The long and winding road

Some said this day would never come. What have they to say now?

As I write this, at 02:14 on the 6th of May, EVE Online is ten years old.

Ten years is a pretty long time, in online game terms. I haven't played as long as some, and not for the full ten years, but I like to think I can appreciate it too.

Honestly I'm not sure where I'm going with this post. I figured I should write something, never bothered to think of what. I guess I'll start with it's been fun. Though mistakes have been made, by various people, and I did get fed up and basically stop playing for a while, it has indeed been fun. I've learned lessons, lost ships, made friends. I know a lot of people have had the same experience, and it's testament to CCP's skills that they've managed to keep that experience running for a lot of people for ten. Fucking. Years. That's impressive. I think it shows dedication, understanding of the playerbase, and (even if we don't always agree on it) knowledge of how to Do It Right. It's also impressive that they've kept this up not by a careful status quo, but by evolving and expanding EVE, through new content and other means. Hell, even Incarna was a good thing in some ways - in popularity terms it was (being frank here) shit, but a lesson was learned, and things were improved on. This is how a game grows, and stays fresh, and CCP has done it well. And I believe they can continue to do it well, even if I don't always see it that way.

So, ladies and gentlemen, here's to the last ten years, and here's to the next ten years. It's been a long and sometimes hard road, but with any luck we've got ten times further still ahead of us.

To EVE, my friends.

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