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Maybe I should just precursor this by saying my first MMORPG was SWG. At the time, it was still mostly a sandbox with some themepark elements sneaking in, but by no means taking over the game.
That being said, I have to just get something off my mind. I love the idea and the setting of EVE Online. I've read through the lore several times, and even thought about doing some fan fiction. But, everytime I return to EVE, I run into the same problem: I don't like how skills are leveled up in this game.
When I subscribe to the game, it only ever lasts a few days before I realize that all I can do to advance myself that day is queue up some training, then go play another game. If I go out and massacre some pirates with my missiles, I don't get extra experience - and for some reason, that is the one thing that really bothers me about the game. I love sci-fi, and it's one of those cliche situations where I really want to like this game, but I just can't get over the fact that my skills are in no way based on my actions. I kill 1 pirate, I will get that missile skill in 8 hours. I kill 1,000,000 pirates, I will get that missile skill in 8 hours.
So I guess my question to you guys is, or my request for advice, how do you get around that? Doesn't it bother you that you aren't goin to finish a skill up no matter how much you use it simply because the game dictates that you can't earn the skill, you have to have it implanted into you. Let's just be honest, you aren't going to see a change in the skill system when the game is as old as it is. But, how do I get around the fact that whether or not I play, I'm advancing? If I play for 5 hours one day, I advance in skill as much as I do if I hadn't played for 5 seconds.
I can't be the only one who is weirded out by this system - although perhaps I am the only one on these boards for obvious reasons. What do you guys do to fill your time? Playing the market is fun, but haulting isn't any good until you save up enough money to do the decent jobs. Joining a corporation was difficult as a newbie; everyone though I was going to steal from them.
Anyway, just thought I would make a post here. I've been thinking about returning again lately, but am on the border like always. Let me know what you guys think, and your answers to the questions I asked! Thanks a bunch guys and gals!
Played: SWG, SWG:NGE, EQ2, Vanguard, LotRO, WoW, Age of Conan, Warhammer Online, Dark Age of Camelot, Mortal Online, Rift, Guild Wars, Fallen Earth, EVE Online, Ryzom, Dungeons and Dragons Online, World of Tanks, Aion, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Guild Wars 2