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Blog Banter 63: Customization

It has been a good long while since I had the opportunity to participate in a blog banter, something I came close to doing several times during my tenure at TheMittani.com but never felt appropriate to post up there. Now, though, I have both an appropriate platform and a little bit of time, so here goes:

Welcome to the continuing monthly EVE Blog Banters and our 63rd edition! For more details about what the blog banters are visit the Blog Banter page.

Super Kerr Induced Nanocoating, new structures that can be fit like ships with modules, the promise of player built stargates… the ability to shape your space and change the look of your ships is finally coming to EVE. What other customization options of EVE would you like to have? What would you like to do to be able to shape space and environments? What would you like to change just for you in the client or in any 3rd party tools?
Let your desires run free in your imagination.

Ah, customization. EVE Online promises a sandbox in which you can build your own castles, craft your own stories – the ultimate in a customizable game experience. It, however, falls short on this promise. I don’t mean that you can’t build your own castles – you certainly can out in nullsec. I don’t mean that you can’t craft your own story – everyone does that every day in New Eden. However, there are few lasting marks in EVE Online. Some narratives may go down in history as supremely important to gaining an understanding of EVE Online as it exists today, but they are few.

What systems are named after the people that conquered them? What monuments stand as testament to the heroic, the villainous, the crucial moments of each space? Sure, there are a handful of monuments to commemorate things – the ruined Jita Monument, the Pandemic Legion monument in Amamake – but these are just two commemorations in an universe deserving of a thousand.

I’d love to see a system in EVE that allows people to leave a lasting mark. For instance, the first time a wormhole was discovered, the individual to have discovered it should have received, and still receive, credit for the discovery. The first time a nullsec system’s sovereignty was captured, it too should credit the conquerors. In lowsec, perhaps we could look to the most dangerous pirate of each system and credit their achievement. In highsec – well, I don’t know, maybe whomever mines the most Veldspar?

Commemoration on achievements is something that CCP has attempted, to varying degrees of success, in the past. However, it could really be so much more. Sure, flying in a black and yellow Megathron would probably be pretty cool – especially if it had your corp or alliance logo on the side. And sure, Incarna brought about one of the most robust character creators of any MMO on the market. But I, as do many others, long for the day when I can write my name in the stars.

Blog banters are really cool and the people that participate them, even cooler. Here are the entries into Blog Banter 63:

Participants:
Inner Sanctum of the Ninveah – Personalize
Eveoganda – Customization?
Supposedly Solo – Customization
A journey through the mind – Customization

Related:

Interstellar Privateer – Naming Rights

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