New Eden doesn’t need to change for Eve – Adam needs to get over himself
I was recently emailed a link to (thank you David) this post by CrazyKinux, a special edition of the EVE blog banter. In it he asks people to come up with ideas and solutions to get more females playing EVE Online. He has turned it into a contest and I thought that since I know a little about the subject I’d give it a whirl and see what I could come up with. Being a female gamer, and one playing (and loving) EVE Online doesn’t mean I’m a pro on the subject but I certainly do have an opinion. Before you go read the post yourself I’d implore you NOT to read the comments section. I found it incredibly insulting that some people made suggestions such as “make the game more casual” – what? EVE is by far the most casual game I’ve ever played, and I’ve played more then my fair share. Other suggestions included “make it involve less math” – again, what? How does implying women don’t enjoy the game because it requires thought make any sense at all. We’re not all mindless drones looking for the next clone out there to play. If we were, chances are we’d happily be in some other game.
It’s not EVE the game that needs to change in order to entice the females in society to play (remember, this is all my personal opinion). It’s the PLAYERS who have to change. Trolls, and rude comments are a sure way to get me not playing a game. I simply don’t have the patience nor the tolerance for that sort of behavior.
I understand that EVE is a complicated game with a steep learning curve. This is true for any player, whether you are male or female. Gender has nothing to do with it. Having a buddy system and someone to play with who can patiently explain the game to you goes a VERY long way. I’m not implying we need our hands held like a child, but someone to at least go over the basics. It can be confusing to learn what possible goals are available in EVE, and where to start. Figuring out what about the game will appeal to your significant other or the fairer sex is half the battle. There has to be SOMETHING that will appeal to them from the start. If there’s absolutely nothing that will entice them to play then it doesn’t matter who they are they’re just not going to like it. Which is ok. We don’t all enjoy all games.
I tried EVE about a year ago and never stuck with it. The curve was too high and I was dealing with a lot of other games, so I set it aside. The second time I came back (three months ago now?) I had a friend help me around New Eden, I managed to land myself in a corp of online friends (we’re tiny, but I know everyone at least) and I even started up a second account I loved it that much. Having someone show me what I could do and what possibilities were available was a HUGE deal to me.
The game doesn’t need to be made more simple. There’s no reason to remove the math, or the spreadsheets. I personally am not much of a PvP fighter, but the thrill of ducking into lowsec and out is something I wouldn’t want to see change. I’ve lost ships, I’ve attempted invention, and sure I do a lot of mining but I absolutely love the game and don’t feel that it needs to change to cater to those who may simply not be into that genre. Some of my best gamer friends are females and were it not for their very exciting posts about EVE I probably wouldn’t have wanted to try it out so bad. Were it not for my friends playing, I would have never stuck with it. Now that I’ve given the game a fair chance I’m incredibly glad I did.
Perhaps this post didn’t go into a whole lot of details on what needs to change, but that’s just because I am content with how things are. Would I like to see more gamers in general? Of course! It doesn’t matter what sex they are, I just like to see gamers.
Be sure to check out the other entries to this contest: