A Scientist's Life in Eve

Blog Banter 26: The Beauty of Eve

by on Apr.30, 2011, under Eve online

Welcome to the twenty-sixth installment of the EVE Blog Banter, the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created by CrazyKinux. The EVE Blog Banter involves an enthusiastic group of gaming bloggers, a common topic within the realm of EVE Online, and a week or so to post articles pertaining to the said topic. The resulting articles can either be short or quite extensive, either funny or dead serious, but are always a great fun to read! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed to crazykinux@gmail.com. Check for other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!


This month’s topic was proposed by @KatiaSae of the much praised “To Boldly Go” blog. Katia asks: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As an astrophotographer, I’ve found it in the stars and planets of New Eden. Where have you found it? Perhaps you’ve found beauty in the ships we fly? Maybe it’s the sight of profits being added to your bottom line? Or maybe it’s the pilot portraits you see in the comm channels? Where ever you’ve found it, write about it and post an image.” Don’t be afraid go beyond the simple visual aspects of EVE as well. Is the EVE Community in itself a thing of beauty? What makes EVE the game, the world, the Community, so appealing to you?

Where do you start with a topic like this?  There is, of course, the obvious place, which is undocked in your favourite ship against some backdrop with all the graphics settings set to maximum.

My legion in front of an Amarr station

My legion in front of an Amarr station

For me, Eve visually is nice but not superb.  That’s not to say it isn’t superb, but as I run Eve on a laptop computer (and regularly attempt to dual screen on such), I have to have all the graphics settings set to either off or low.  This will present a huge problem when Incarna is launched, as my visit to the Character Editor and Captain’s Quarters has prooved.  Rather ironically I do not think I’ll be able to dual box on my current set-up unless I’m actually undocked.

A Nemesis stealth bomber - usual graphics settings

A Nemesis stealth bomber - usual graphics settings

A Nemesis stealth bomber - high graphics settings

A Nemesis stealth bomber - high graphics settings

However, on occassions when running only one client, and when I know I won’t be going anywhere busy such as Jita, I turn graphics settings up a few notches and admire the results.

Relaxing in the Legion in front of a lava planet

Relaxing in the Legion in front of a lava planet

Beauty, however, is not merely skin deep, and when you look behind the pretty pixels, Eve reveals it’s true nature, that of flawed beauty.

For me, my experience of Eve revolves around my Corp, it’s members, our Alliance and my business and activities within that sphere of influence.   Eve is a harsh mistress however, and despite my best intentions and closest attentions, if I make a mistake or approach a situation in slightly the wrong way, Eve responds in a most brutal way.

My Eve life so far has it’s highlights of such brutal treatment, the most expensive of which to date is the time I undocked from Jita in a fully loaded, T2 rigged Crane and was 1 shotted by a Maelstrom piloted by a war target because I was being stupid during a war dec.  Other examples are less expensive, although equally instructive such as trying to attack a can flipper during my first couple of weeks in the game.

However, Eve has given me so many moments when I’ve been able to sit back and smile.  My first ever invention, where instead of aiming small with something like a T2 drone, I tried for an Ishtar – and it worked.  Selling over 1 billion ISK of T2 ships in less than 4 hours at Jita.  My first ever killmail, although I only managed to log on and undock right at the end of the kill, actually getting the first ever killmail was one of those moments when I could appreciate the excitement and draw of PvP that must be felt daily by those who are less carebear inclined than myself.

At this point it must be acknowledged that Eve is a flawed beauty – there are issues and problems that need to be resolved, and entities like Team BFF and the CSM can and do help with these.  But, like a beautiful person (and I talk here of somebody who you individually find physically, mentally, emotionally and intellectually attractive), would you hold a few bad habits against them and end the relationship, or would you mark that down as part of their character and continue to find them beautiful “despite” their flaws?

This is where BVS enters (aka Bitter Vet Syndrome).  In a failing relationship, those little niggles that were once “cute” or could be ignored, suddenly become epic flaws, and the relationship quickly spirals until it breaks down completely.  This can also be seen in Eve – the hi-sec missioner or faction warfare PvP expert who has finally had enough of the remote repping “feature”.  The foot-soldier in 0.0 who is just surviving through anoms to find them nerfed, yet sees hundreds of super-caps deployed against them – unable to operate at the same level.

But on the whole, when you turn all the graphics settings up to full and just look at the Universe we log in to, it can help to soothe the angst of the latest bug or update problem, and help you to realise that even stargates look great if you take the time to look instead of just warp to 0, spam jump and then warp to 0 again.

Even stargates look pretty with high graphics settings

Even stargates look pretty with high graphics settings

 

Other participants:

  1. CrazyKinux’s Musing: Beyond nebulas and shiny ships
  2. Freedom: the beauty in EvE » A Mule In EvE
  3. Achernar: The bike and the barbecue
  4. where the frack is my ship?: Blog Banter 26: Love at first sight
  5. BlogBanter 26: EVE … beautiful … « One capsuleer against all
  6. Blog Banter 26 « Mad Haberdashers
  7. » Blog Banter 26: Beauty of EVE – To Boldly Go To Boldly Go
  8. Down By Law: Blog Banter #26: “The Beauty of EVE” (OOC)
  9. Blog Banter #26 – Beauty « Roc’s Ramblings
  10. Banter #26: Beauty is in the eye of the markets | Diary of a Garbageman
  11. Progression’s Horizon: Blog Banter 26- Carry It With Us, Or We Find It Not
  12. Freebooted: BB26: The Beauty Between the Lines
  13. Eve Opportunist: EBB #26 : Beauty is destruction.
  14. Blog banter #26: EVE shines, and not just visually « Diary of a Pod Pilot
  15. Learning to Fly – Spinning ships since 2003
  16. BB26: Beauty, in certain conditions | A Missioneer in Eve
  17. Dying in Lowsec (One Hauler at a time)
  18. EVE Blog Banter #26 – Beauty « Evehermit’s Blog

More to come…



1 Comment for this entry

  • Katia Sae

    Nicely put. I never really thought about this topic as a flawed beauty, but you are so right. It truly is a great and realistic way to look at it. I know for myself as I travel around taking my pictures that I wished there was more variety in the planets, more colorful gas giants, ways to control the lens flare, etc, yet I’m still amazed at all of the beauty that EVE has to offer from the images, mechanics, complexity, sandbox and mostly the community. Thanks for sharing your thoughts as well and for participating in this month’s blog banter.

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