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My son wants to play Eve Online. I don't mind WoW or City of Heroes (although we dropped that one due to inactivity) or Guild Wars (no monthly) but I don't know anything about Eve Online...

Have you played it?

What do you think?

Would you let your kids play it?

Posted on Friday, December 21, 2007 2:48 PM | Back to top

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Of course, YES! :)

Eve great game.
it has big economical potential and functionality, corporations and other form our real world.

Eve has own magazine, but not game magazine, it is about economics and politics in Eve world.

So, it is very interesting and usefull game.
Left by Roman Nikitin on Dec 21, 2007 3:50 PM

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Eve = Online Graphical Spreadsheet
Left by Travis on Dec 21, 2007 4:02 PM

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EVE Online is a VERY detailed game. You need massive amounts of patience and time to play it effectively.

I played the 14-day trial a few months ago, but gave up only 3 days in. There really seems to be nothing to do. I spent literally 2 hours flying back and forth between the home station and a mineral cluster and barely made enough money to buy an upgrade for my ship's laser weapon.

You've got to be a very serious gamer if you plan to stick with EVE Online for any amount of time.

My advice is to go with WoW or Guild Wars. You may even want to try Tabula Rasa. I hear it's a pretty good scifi MMO.
Left by David Brown on Dec 21, 2007 4:07 PM

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EVE Online is fantastic, but I think, depending on the age, your kid might have a hard time enjoying it. It takes a lot of time to develop skills in the game, it's very political, and it's all about numbers.
It's a fantastic way to teach a kid about economics, trading, teamwork, and other such things though.
I love the game, especially with the new patch(awesome visuals now).
Left by Garrett Hoofman on Dec 21, 2007 4:57 PM

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Amazing game. I played it for about 2 years.
A large variety of things to do.

It can eat away so much of your time though. For example, you cant just fit a rocket launcher to your ship, you must learn a skill to use it first. You learn skills in real time. Some take a few hours, other can take 10 days. The whole game is built on learning skills. The more you learn, the better you become.

Its not the sort of game to jump right into the action either. For example mining asteroids can take hours and hours. And after spending 5 hours filling up your transporter with ore, some one else comes along and attacks you. (cue lots of swearing)

Inner regions are more secure, you arent allowed to attack others without NPC police coming to punish you. But in the outter regions, there are big territorial wars going on. Fleets of ships battle it out nightly to occupy territory. Get caught out there on your own and you're in trouble.

I dont know if I'd let my kid play it. Unless there were strict time rules. I've often logged on at 8pm in the evening, and finally finished at 6am.

Left by DannyP on Dec 21, 2007 5:27 PM

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EVE is more like a sand box approach to MMOs, as opposed to WoW which is more like a theme park.

In EVE, your master of your own fun, and the best is usually enjoyed with other player in groups called corporation (aka guilds in fantasy MMOs).

Depending on his age/maturity, there's a good chance that he might enjoy the game. I once played with a corporation of about 20 players and the CEO (Guild Master) was a 16 year old - I'm 36 - and it was one of the best run corps I've had a chance to play with.

If you do decide to get started, then head over to this post, " 10 sites for every new EVE Online Player", on my blog.

See you both in space!
Left by CrazyKinux on Dec 22, 2007 4:31 PM

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Eve is a fantastic game- a game played by mature individuals, in most cases. Its a slow starter, so most kids don`t possess the focus to play the game long enough to train the skills that
are required to experience Eves varied career paths and ultra-intense PvP.

That being said, Eve is a relatively safe environment, its creators bar expletives from character names and from the official forums, and it does not have sexuality as a theme of its gameplay.
Left by Maximillian Demesne on Dec 22, 2007 6:54 PM

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I would disagree with the "safe environment" statement. I played it for the better part of six months. The players, for the most part, take the game far too seriously and are liable to really tell someone off if they a) act the part of a newbie or b) don't do what they demand of them.

EVE is not a casual games by any means. It requires true dedication and months of playing to get into any activity that is remotely fun.

It is a virtual world, not a game. I would probably compare it to the Ron Paul campaign. A few diehard supporters that really give it a bad name and ruing it for everyone else, but a good niche crowd backing it.
Left by heartless_ on Jan 04, 2008 8:44 AM

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