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Over the last several years, I downloaded the EVE trial 5 stinking times! I never gave it a fair chance. The first 3 times I spent maybe 2-4 hours on it. I just thought, "Wow, this is kind of confusing" and uninstalled it. The 4th and 5th times I was still sort of lost although I devoted more time to it. I read some guides but I was overwhelmed by the scope of it. I'm an old time gamer. I am fairly intelligent. I just wasn't exercising any patience.
Finally, two months ago, with all of the lame MMOs being released, and having played almost everything else, I tried it one last time. I decided to read up on it as much as possible and to stick with it. Why stick with something you're not having a lot of fun with? Within a few days, I was rewarded with being totally comfortable with the user interface and understanding the basics.
Now, almost 2 months later, I'm REALLY digging EVE. I am posting this as an encouragement to people who have been put off by trials or found it to be complicated. It's not so much that it is hard to understand, it's the sheer vastness of what you can do in the game that can be daunting. You can do anything you want, and that's what gives it longevity. Think of all of the games you've played where you think, "I've run every raid 4,000 times and have run the same boring quests 2,000 times, there's nothing left!" Not in EVE! You can be an industrialist, a miner, a pirate, a spy, a soldier, a PvE carebear, a PvP addict, a trader -- whatever.
I played Freelancer for quite a while years back and that helped a bit. If you're unsure about this game, go in realizing that it is totally different than any other MMO you've played. When you want to quit or don't get it, commit. Why push yourself? Because it's worth the reward.
I've got a tiny corp now with 12 of my real life friends and I have them all playing it now. We're all learning together and it is a lot of fun. I'm so glad I gave EVE another chance, you should too! If you're bored or confused, remember that EVE is what you make of it, the game doesn't make the experience for you.
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