This morning my husband's cat decided that I should be awake around four. I get up for work at five but he was sure that I needed to be awake and petting him for four. When I kept dragging him off of me he made a secondary decision to lay on my pillow and shed in my face while drooling on me. At fifteen he has no teeth so the foul kitty drool is a pretty horrific thing. This means that I was out of the bed before my alarms went off to escape the rather intense and determined affection. I blame my wandering state of mind on this.
I often read twitter while I am stumbling around the house in the mornings. You may suggest that not reading my phone would help but I can assure you that it clears my mind faster. So, there I am dressing and reading in between garments because its to early in the morning and socks are hard and I found myself in a cascade of thoughts that brought me thinking about someone who is currently unsubbed.
They are not bitter unsubbed. They are just busy at the moment. However, they unsubbed shortly after they achieved a major goal in the game which is to get into a particular corporation and improve their PvP skills. And I thought about that fact. Was it ironic that they had reached personal goals only to ubsub after? But, realization stuck its head into the situation. This was not the first time that had happened to someone I knew nor was it the second. In fact, I had noticed an odd pattern a while before and this particular thing fit into it.
Player retention is a major focus of the game. There are theories about why people play and why they do not play. Eve has sticky aspects to the game and once stuck many players have a hard time freeing themselves. That's intentional. After all, players are income. But, we still come and go from the game. Some breaks are shorter than others. Some longer. Some never return.
But, the oddest pattern I've seen is people leaving after they achieve a goal that they have worked for. I'm reminded of the player that works to join a corporation and once they achieve the corporation they immediately go idle and often wind up purged only a few weeks or months later. With Eve corporations not being the easiest things to join the player often puts a lot of time and effort into joining. They fly with the corporation. Do activities. Spend time on coms and work their way into a social group which they then abandon shortly after gaining.
It may be disillusionment. The inside and the outside of a place or group can be very different. You can lose interest once you have gained it because what you perceived and what you have are quite different things. But maybe it is the lack of goals.
Joining the corporation was a goal. It can be a consumptive goal at that. Once gained you would expect that being in the corporation would be the next goal. What if it is not? What is the accomplishment, consciously or unconsciously, satisfies the person and they lose goals and motivations.
Achieving a goal is a wonderful feeling but then what?
Or maybe it is just sleep deprived thoughts. I have to change my pillow case thanks to its new coat of orange hair. Hopefully he lets me sleep tonight. I'm going to find out. He's decided when my husband goes out of town that he needs to pretend that he is my cat. And yeah, I totally give fifteen year old kitties more patience then I would younger, healthier ones. We only have them but so long, ya know?