Monday, August 20, 2012

One Reason Why EVE is Broken - or Raise Your Hand if You Fly a Drake


I recently did something I swore I would never do. I trained to fly a Drake. I started this game flying Amarr ships. I naively thought I would fly ONLY Amarr ships. I rolled Amarr because I wanted to fly Amarr ships. Why? Because, unlike many of the spaceships in EVE, I thought a lot of the Amarr ships looked pretty cool. 

Well, I got over that some time ago and started training Minmatar ships. I love Minmatar ships. Even though most of them are ugly, they're bad ass, and I love the versatility many of them provide. At that point I figured I was pretty okay. I mean, I could fly two of the four races' ships, surely that would be enough?

I was wrong. Before my extended hiatus in EVE, Drakes were the FotM. It seems they still are to some degree. So I guess they're more the flavor of the year. Now in any game you're going to have your players who go for the most optimized style of play they can--whether it's their build in a game like RIFT, or the ship they fly in EVE. I get that. It's unavoidable. 

However, considering the sheer number of ships one can fly in EVE, the fact that so MANY people in the game fly ONE ship, whether for ratting, missions, complexes, or null-sec PvP fleets, to me says the game is broken. 

Can CCP not see this? Or do they just not give a shit? I find it hard to believe they don't give a shit, and I'll tell you why. CCP obviously takes a lot of pride in this game. Some people would say too much pride, and I wouldn't disagree with them. Surely they would like to see as many of the ships they spent time and money to design used as possible. Surely the creative parts of their souls shrivel just a little when they see all those Drakes out there.

I know, I know. CCP is "re-balancing" their ships. At the rate they're going, though, it could be 10 years before they're done, and that will be 8 years beyond the point where they needed to be re-balanced again. 

Also, I question some of their choices of what to re-balance first. I get starting with the frigates. Start small, just to make sure you know what the fuck you're doing. But MINING ships? Really? Out of all the ships in the game, you decide MINING ships should be re-balanced first? Maybe they were just the EASIEST to re-balance after frigates. I would think battleships and battlecruisers would be a little higher on CCP's priority list. 

So, yeah, I whored myself out to the damned Caldari Navy (or whatever the fuck they're called) just so I could participate in more aspects of the game. Plus, every time I ask for a fit, I get five people giving me Drake fits. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. When in Rome and all that. 

I just really think this is broken, and I find it discouraging that I've been away from the game for almost a year, and the same annoying shit is going on. There are still shield-tanked Drakes everywhere. I suppose there is a silver lining to this dark cloud of sameness--if you ever wonder what New Eden would look like without capsuleers, all you have to do is remove Drakes from your overview....

Fly smart.

(Note: Segments of this post have been exagerrated for emphasis.)