Massively Multiplayer Role Playing Games have grown in immense popularity over recent years. World Of Warcraft led the charge, giving players the chance to explore vast lands and interact with other players around the world. It led to huge developments in gaming and it was now being seen almost as socialising as friendships were being forged over the game. Which is fine. But what if you didn’t like World of Warcraft and don’t fancy dressing up like an orc of a 16th century elf throwing spells at walking trees? What if this type of fantasy just isn’t your thing?
Well, there’s always EVE Online from CCP Games. A science fiction space simulator set 21,000 years in the future; this game revolves around the story of a fictional colonial disaster. When the human race populated the Milky Way there was fighting and squabbles over who owned what and “I was here first” etc… However, all the fighting changed with the discovery of a wormhole which led to a new galaxy known as “New Eden”. This had plenty of resources for everyone and quite soon there was colonies sprouting up all over the place. Then disaster struck when the structure that was holding the wormhole open collapsed and the gate closed and supplies from the Milky Way dried up for the new colonies. Many starved to death but 5 survived and now are established societies. This is where you come in. Playing as one of the four different races, you can create a character and buy a little ship. Then you can do some flying, exploring, various missions, mining for resources and trade, eventually working your way up to enable you to buy a bigger ship. ..and then a bigger one after that. Then attach some guns to it! Then start shooting and capturing other ships!
Actually, you can play the game any way you like. That’s the joy of it really. There may be the stunning space scenes, the immense ships you can create, the effects, the people you will meet and naturally the lunatics who take these games too seriously but EVE has evolved into it’s own, almost living, world. It’s even got some of the same problems we see in real life, like in-game corruption and piracy. You could even call it what is possibly the most realistic outlook on our race in the future. But it’s entirely up to the player how far they want to dive into it’s universe and all I wanted was to be a pirate and EVE gave me the opportunity to do that. Thank you EVE Online!