DiGRA is just around the corner and confirmation that our paper will indeed appear in the conference proceedings… I am very excited to share my latest EVE-related project.
Abstract: EVE Online, released in 2003 by CCP Games, is a space-themed Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG). This sandbox style MMOG has a reputation for being a difficult game with a punishing learning curve that is fairly impenetrable to new players. This has led to the widely held belief among the larger MMOG community that “EVE players are different”, as only a very particular type of player would be dedicated to learning how to play a game this challenging. Taking a critical approach to the claim that “EVE players are different”, this paper complicates the idea that only a certain type of player capable of playing the most hardcore of games will be attracted to this particular MMOG. Instead, we argue that EVE’s “exceptionalism” is actually the result of conscious design decisions on the part of CCP games, which in turn compel particular behaviours that are continually reinforced as the norm by the game’s relatively homogenous player community.
The paper will eventually appear in the DiGRA library, but here is a sneak peek: Constructing the ideal EVE Online player. Feel free to pass this PDF on to anyone you know who might be interested in internet spaceships!