I work at a college and years ago I would play Eve and take my Hulk out and mine some roids while reading and preparing for classes. There was something so soothing about the sound of the mining lasers and the background music. My wife used to tease me because I would get in the zone and do it for hours. I got so much work done and it was awesome.
I stopped doing it a few years ago. Some bored person would come and minerbump me so I would just log off then later go look for a new system to mine in. Then suicide attacks became the "fun thing of the month" so I actually had to keep an eye out while mining and that was when the fun drained out for me.
While I am not complaining and I understand playing mostly AFK is not what the game is about, I do miss when I could get away with that. It was not like mining Veld actually produced a lot of money for me, it was more the feeling like I was actually some bored miner on a ship out in deep space who was reading a book while waiting for his ship to fill up with ore. It was that feeling of peace like I was the only person on that ship and that I loved my boring and remedial job as the pilot of a rusty mining vessel.
Eve was one of the very few games that immersed me in the game world and made me actually feel like I was there in space.
"Sean (Murray) saying MP will be in the game is not remotely close to evidence that at the point of purchase people thought there was MP in the game." - SEANMCAD