Monday, 15 July 2013

Back to Old Habits

"Life in a Wormhole" is a collection of blog posts documenting my adventures in EVE Online. Together with a small group of real life friends we will attempt to survive in the harshest of space EVE has to offer.

There's something remarkable about the EVE community, for me it stands out as the best community of any MMO I've ever played. In fact, it's a large part of the reason I decided to write this blog on my return: I've lurked in the community for so long, that I felt certain I'd be welcomed if I made an attempt at joining in.

Perhaps the original EverQuest was up there too, but I find it hard to give too much credit as we were all tackling this new found weird 'MMORPG' genre practically blindfold, so communities & friendliness were a must.

I suppose, if I stereotyped the type of person who played EQ, they would be a similar stereotype to the person who plays EVE. Neither games particularly 'mainstream popular' (initially, at least) to their respective generation of gamer.

I digress.

Friday night saw me returning to old habits: Skype call in progress; logged into EVE; pint of cider... Eve Radio.

"Holy Sh..."

Honestly, this radio station is the best thing that's ever happened to EVE. The station's currently celebrating it's 10th Year Anniversary. It's as amazing now as it's ever been.

Seven years ago, as a newly single, slightly miserable, socially awkward computer geek - I would log into EVE and EVE Radio every weekend. I'd jam out to J-J's alcohol fuelled set, with his insane mashups. DJ Madness and Blacklight pumping out better music than the local nightclubs. The community channel, everyone just chatting, having fun... and the drinking games, don't even get me started. I reckon I used to party harder in the seat of my PC than the guys who went out clubbing. Dancing at my desk, into the early hours of the morning. 4 am coming around only for an American DJ to jump on and start smashing out some heavy rock. Did I even sleep?

Four years later, I would return. Less single & less socially awkward - bored of my other pastimes, wondering if I can find gaming happiness in EVE once more. I think it took me 3 hours, before I checked to see if Eve Radio was still alive and well. Of course, it was... and once again, my weekends would never be boring. This time actually participating in the community, I made some solid friends who I've since met in real life & continue to talk out of game. Of course, by this point I had a group of real life friends to actually go out clubbing with. I'd be lying if I said I'd never ditched them to stay in and EVE Radio.

So onto more recent times: Friday night. I already knew some of my favourite people were no longer around... but how would the now 10 year old EVE Radio fair in comparison to my younger years? Oh there's J-J. Oh there's Madness. Oh there's FunkyBacon....

"I need water. My head hurts."

Hungover to hell.

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