Saturday, December 6, 2014

Technical Bits

It is Saturday night and prepatch weekend. However, I was thinking about a question on Twitter. Miura was wondering why some of the portraits in local would go blank and I speculated that it was something to do with the portrait cashe. You know how it takes a day or two for a new players picture to upload and sometimes a day or two for a change to be noticed?

Oh? You don't look at portraits? Well, I do. I gleaned this knowledge from somewhere. I may be totally wrong. But it made me think about our interest in the technical whose and whats and whys of Eve.

I don't spend as much time thinking about the technical aspects of most games. I chortle at the ridiculousness of Just Cause 2 but I enjoy it. I immerse myself in the ridiculous reality of a grappling hook and unlimited parachutes.

Some of it is important. CCP Explorer announced the patch size on twitter. People have limited bandwidth, limited connections, time constraints, and computer restrictions. That type of technical information helps us to play our game. It is no different then monitors or the type of graphics card that you get.

But one of the most technically interesting things I have ever learned about eve was CCP Veritas' talk at Eve Vegas in 2012. He talked to us about server ticks and in that single discussion a lot of how Eve thinks and breaths unfolded for me.

I find that I play Eve in an odd mix of 'yay game' and expanded knowledge. It makes Eve different for me. I noticed it when playing other games where I don't try to gather technical knowledge. I don't try to learn spawning habits in Minecraft and I don't learn the AI in other games. I just play them. Eve, I do a good bit more but I think because the game is so much more then the physical simulation on my screen it works out.

You also have to have the ebb and pulse of things in Eve. I had to correct a returning veteran today. A newbie asked how far his seven million ISK would get him in rookie chat. This veteran said he couldn't even buy a T1 rig. I corrected him and he disagreed with me. I pointed out that one of the most expensive T1 medium rigs, the ancillary current router was down to about four million ISK. He takes a moment to check the market and then goes, "Oh. Ignore what I said."

Damn right ignore what he said. I disabled my pimp hand and went back to things. I did notice how easily I slipped into technical and denser Eve speak over what I normally try to keep to in rookie chat. This is such an interesting game.

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