I'm almost done with the round tables. Almost. I've been reading a lot of discussions this evening and I wonder... what if I were to learn back in my chair and stretch out from a few hours worth of typing. Then, I leaned over to you and said, "Blogging. Blogging is the only way to play Eve. Writing about everything you do. Pondering the market in text. Taking that perfect screen shot to tell your story. Blogging is what drives a person to better themselves in Eve, to have a narrative in Eve. Nothing beats putting your fingers to a mechanical keyboard (because they are the best) and typing away at a furious rate as you recount the day or ponder thoughts. That's the heart and soul of playing Eve. That is why it all works."
I'd expect you to wonder what the hell was wrong with me after making faces and shaking your head frantically. A few might nod in agreement but I think people would go, "What?" It is such an outrageous statement. Who would believe it. It makes little sense. Blogging is something some do, some read, and other's do not participate in. I don;'t think that many would disagree.
Yet, I've been watching enough discussions to make me pull out my hair. People who say that no one PvEs or laugh when PvE is discussed as game-play people can like. I find that I am terrible disappointed when someone that I respected smirks at an entire game play style. Sometimes I misread people or never come across the topic.
The hardest thing about explaining Eve to someone is explaining what it is. It isn't a single thing. Not even the complexities of player interactions explains what Eve is because for some there are few player interactions. Yet, today, I watched Eve crammed into the smallest, most narrow glass I have seen in quite a while.
I muttered to myself and decided that I'd rage out a little through the wheezing and coughing.
If you find yourself saying things like, "The only way or reason to play Eve is..." remember that the only reason to play Eve is for writing extensive blog posts every day.