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This is copied and pasted from the EVE-Online forums so any "This forum" references are referencing the actual EVE-Online forums at EVE-Online.com.
EVE is this genere: CounterStrike in space with the Progress Quest skill system.
Progress quest is a fun [sic] game but I don't think they'd get anyone to pay a monthly subscription for it. EVE slaps on a 3D interface and promotes "Uber guilds" like noone else. Noone's done that before and therefore that's why EVE has atleast enough players to support itself unlike other no-name "RPG's" (Sorry CCP, no offence on the no-name bit. I'm going somewhere with this though.)
Lets go through the verious things to do in EVE:
Trading: I've done it, you'll make around 300k an hour. Not going to get anywhere there.
Agent Missions: Unless you get an implant every 3 - 4 days (Unlikely at best to get one per week), you'll make 300k an hour (Assuming top notch level 3 agent.) Possibly 400k if you train up all the skills ala progress quest. Not going to get anywhere there.
To be fair, some have stated this is inaccurate and say they can make as much as mining in 0.5 doing level 3 agents. I do not believe them or endorse their claim but to be fair, it's here.
NPC Hunting (non 0.0): You'll make maybe a million an hour depending on drops could be more or less. Not going anywhere there.
NPC Hunting (0.0): Maybe two or three million an hour, but you'd need some 0.0 space and a battleship. Atleast with this sum you could finance a crusier if you don't die too often.
Mining (0.5): The best way to make money. Assuming a thorax and level 4 mining/astrology, you'll make about 2 million an hour. If you thought killing orc's was boring though, this is much worse. It'd even be decent if you could AFK mine without the indy. Atleast Jumpgate let you do that. Then the game would really be progress quest with a 3D interface.
Mining (0.0): First you have to train brown nosing to five and then go mooch off of the established alliances/corps and eventually one of them will let you mine in 0.0. After that mine away and make 100's of millions. The only real way to make money, however don't think that those people you mine for arn't going to want a peace of the pie, and being that you have nothing to offer but your time, it's a very large slice.
RP: There is no real RP in EVE. 95% of all RP in EVE is some guys saying, "Gee, I want to play CounterStrike, but I want to pretend it's in the EVE universe." So they pretend they're pretending. Utterly abserd. I saw one real RPer in my time in EVE.
Side note to RP: To the guy that said "If you have to work for it again, it's an RPG." No, it's a MMOG (Massivly Multiplayer Online Game) There's no RP in it. True MMORPG's are hard to find however EVE is the least RP oriented when it comes to player base that I've ever seen. Even SWG with all of the CounterStrike players there, there was still large groups of RPers to hang around. Now back to things to do in EVE:
Second job: If you like mining enough, corps will hire you, give you quota's, time sheets, supervisors and the whole bit. You can go to work in EVE! Best of all, because there are no laws, it's really like being a slave. Think of the company you work for, except when you make a claim on your benfits, it takes arduously long to get processed and the que is always stacked.
PVP, griefing: If you mine for long enough (Notice how I made that sound like "If you kill orc's long enough." It's essentially the same thing.) You can go do PVP. However much like the second job, if you break you buy! So replacing your own assets via mining for a few weeks is a must! And if you get board of blob wars, then you can go and gank newbies. The purpose, to keep them down and at the same time get a kill for your kill list. Empire space isn't any safer then 0.0 and anyone who thinks otherwise is deluding themselves.
Last thing: Although it may sound as if I'm some bitter miserable person I'm really not. I cancelled my subscription (Although it dosn't expire until june 1st), so if you're going to tell me to quit, too late I did. And if you're going to tell me to go away, I will on June 1st but until then I do as I please. If anything to show the lurkers that they too can have a voice, and need not be pressured by the "Established corps" to do whatever it is that they want. EVE will be interesting when it's returned to the people and not the beta testers. It will also be interesting when people start REALLY RPing instead of pretending to, because pretending to RP is a waste of everyone's time.