I'm terribly sorry. The guide that was here before is no longer really relevant to the existing game. However, I will not be creating an updated one in it's place. I cannot in good conscience use this to direct people to this product.
Unfortunately, CCP has introduced RMT through their own central system. They are not the company they once were, nor is EVE the product or experience it once was.
Many things I can accept. RMT is not the worst thing in the world. I was an EVE player, and I still love the old EVE. A little greediness doesn't bother me (Hey, I was an EVE player! Market capitalism ftw! ), the EULA covers their action, and it perhaps even makes a little sense. However, when the developer does something like this Station Exchange business, it is a halcyon signal they they are no longer interested in developing the project for it's own sake.
Previously, when we subscribed, we bought a ticket to an ongoing experiment to see if it was possible to make the idea EVE work. We could overlook a million shortcomings and promises of vapourware when we had the idea that someone was a partner to us in this dream. You didn't have to agree with every change to appreciate it. Now EVE has been reduced to a Disneyland ride. Something difficult to point to, but vital, is missing.
I believed for the longest time that the developers put their little world on a pedestal. For us players, it was like we got to do more than just look through the window. By participating, we were able to help paint the picture. We helped set the diorama with our ideas and communities as much as we moved the pieces around. Now things are irrevocably different.
The closest analogy I can think of is like seeing your favorite church sealed up behind a wall of plexiglass. I will always be EVE's #1
fanboi, but I don't have a name for this new imitator. I didn't want to play EVE, I wanted to be a part of EVE, to be part of the game for other people.
I'm sure "EVE: The Window Shopping Experience" is going to be decent, but I just can't help promote it. You can unsticky this now.
This isn't a quit post. We are ALL quitting the real EVE project. I may stay subscribed to gank everyone, but I will not be playing with the same attitude with which I used to, nor striving to contribute. EVE is no longer a dream, only a distraction, and I intend to treat it that way.