EVE Online is real. However, that’s just a saying. In truth it is just a game. I’ve yet to run into or know of any capsuleer, even The Mittani, who doesn’t understand that basic fact. We may treat it as if it is real, it may even feel real while we play it, but it isn’t truly real.
But who cares! When I’m logged in doing my thing I still feel like I’m in a POD piloting tons of spaceship through the vast interstellar night. It is boring at times. It is also very, very exciting at times. And because I love it so, I’m drawn to the genre elsewhere as well – or maybe I have that backwards.
But who cares! What really matters is that I enjoy the hell out of EVE and there are books and movies that inspire me to love it even more when I read/watch them. There are a few coming out next year to which I’m especially looking forward. With great things on the horizon for EVE Online, it seems only right to discuss the great inspirations on the horizon as well.
#1: Star Trek Into Darkness
J.J. Abrams has finally taken Star Trek where no person has gone before. The franchise reboot not only brought Trekkies back, it put the word real back into reality when it comes to the Star Trek universe. The characters are more human than they’ve ever been. The action more intense. The humor… well, it is still Star Trek after all. I’m not really looking for social statements from this film. I’m looking to see Captain Kirk and crew overcome extreme hardship to kick some ass! Then, I’d like to see them do it to Goon Swarm and TEST… just kidding!
#2: Ender’s Game (IMDb Entry)
There is no trailer for this yet, There is no OFFICIAL trailer for this yet, but OMG I can’t wait to see what they do with it. If they stay true to Orson Scott Card’s original intent, this could be quite the film about victory at any cost. If Harrison Ford can channel even a little of Rick Deckard into Colomel Graff, this should be as much a story of internal conflict as external conflict, not that capsuleers ever have internal conflicts – right?
#3: Pacific Rim
Giant freaking robots fighting alien monsters from another dimension! What else do I need to say? Oh yeah, these guys are capsuleers just like us with connection points all down their spines too. This is like EVE Online and Mech Warrior combined. I wonder if they have clones or is dead just dead in their ‘verse?
#4: After Earth
“Every single decision we make will be life or death. But if we are going to survive this, you must realize that fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Now do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice.” Need I write more? If that isn’t an anthem for EVE Online, I don’t know what is.
#5: The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
Okay, it’s fantasy and not Sci-Fi – but still, I can’t wait to see part 2!