As the EVE Online Alliance Tournament VIII moves forward into the finals, CCP has published a teaser video to get players excited. I have to say it has got some potential but needs a few tweaks. One, lose the dude and put a pair of headphones on the lady. Show me some action in regards to a female getting involved with EVE-style PVP. EVE Online is a game that is noted for a few things, but its female population is not one of them, except for the Hellcats. They are a lean, mean, all female pirate machine in the Metropolis region.
What is EVE-style PVP?
Not your average pvp for the average MMORGPG player; EVE PVP is all about strategy, timing, equipment and skills; not trainable skills, skills that come with years of having hundreds of millions worth of ISK vaporized as well as yourself. EVE PVP is punishing yet rewarding at the same time. When you win a skirmish or a PVP fight in EVE, you really feel as if you have won something. But if you make a mistake or your opponent is just plain better than you know that there is no respawning, no recouping of equipment or your cybernetic implants, loser loses all. No one said EVE was forgiving, but that’s the beauty of it.
For the past eight years all of the toughest corporations across EVE put up their best players for EVE’s Annual Alliance Tournament, risking ships and equipment worth billions of ISK for a few good reasons. Mainly, there is thousands of dollars of real-time money on the line and the chance to hold some of the best bragging rights in MMORPGs. Considering the depth of EVE Online and its steep learning curve (it’s really not that bad), if you have what it takes to be the best it really shows if you have made it this far in the game.
Metagaming: The game within a game within a game.
Doesn’t it sound confusing? I thought so at first when I started reading about EVE Online’s seedy political back history. Tales of deceit like the destruction of Ubiqua Seraph by the Guiding Hand Social Club, the EVE Investment Bank scandal and countless other stories that have drifted onto the internet from the deep space of New Eden. Politics plays just as big of a part in EVE as economics do. One example is in this tournament there were some players who self destructed for a large bounty of money exchanged under the table. Ever hear the old saying, “It’s not what you know, but who you know”? For all who think that EVE online is a slow game that’s about spreadsheets, charts and graphs, I want to fill you in on something: the only thing I am watching when I go through low-sec is my back while moving as fast as I can.
This Saturday begins the Finals. You can watch it live on EVETV and also catch up on the results of the past two weekend’s qualifiers on the official YouTube channel of CCP Games. If you aren’t an EVE player and have been curious, I suggest you watch it; this is a chance to watch the highest level of PVP players duke it out. If you are an EVE player, make sure that you tune in to watch the action, more importantly, we might even learn a thing or two. CCP has posted some record numbers of players that have logged in for the past two weeks and it’s only going to get better as the tournament progresses. Good luck to all the players who have made it this far, I am very interested to see who is going to come out on top.
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