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Blog Banter: Ambulation

Welcome to the first installment of the EVE Blog Banter, the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created by CrazyKinux. The EVE Blog Banter involves an enthusiastic group of gaming bloggers, a common topic within the realm of EVE Online, and a week to post articles pertaining to the said topic. The resulting articles can either be short or quite extensive, either funny or dead serious, but are always a great fun to read! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed here. Check out other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

This month’s topic comes to us from PsycheDiver: Ambulation: What are your hopes for your avatar and new functionality of stations?

[It seems I missed the bus on the Blog Banter, and didn't respond to CK's email to get involved although I don't recall seeing it. Anyhoo, here's my take on Ambulation]

What does Ambulation mean to me? On the surface, not a great deal. I have read with interest over most of the other participant bloggers’ thoughts on this and it seems that they are overwhelmingly in favour of it. I feel a lot more neutral on it. So I’ll stick my neck out.

My first thought is really that Eve is first and foremost about space and spaceships and their interactions. A lot of Ambulation of course depends on how CCP implement it, but giving people much more reason to stay docked and do ‘stuff’, to my mind, doesn’t promote good gameplay. Decorating an office, choosing what clothes my character wears, seeing other characters face to face…it doesn’t excite me. I would play Second Life for that level of detail.

What would be cool as one of the bloggers said would be if you want to fit mods you can either go for the current drag and drop, or watch the NPCs as they get to work fitting your specific module- no generic video, you’d actually feel like they’re working on your ship. But how many times would you be ‘wow’ed by it before you turn off the effect and go back to the current drag n’ drop for speed?

I don’t believe Ambulation is a waste of time, not by a long way. I get a vague impression that it is a precursor to planetary flight, even if it is a very long way off. At this point, I just feel it’s an unnecessary addition to a game that doesn’t need walking in stations. I guess opinions will be heavily split on this- to (over?) generalise, I think the PvPers will see it as fluff that gets in the way of people undocking and pewpew’ing, whereas everyone else may well enjoy the slower pace of life that it will inevitably introduce.

Is it a major change to Eve? Absolutely. Is it a positive change to Eve? Time will tell. I am sure CCP have got some cool things up their sleeve and I am very interested in Ambulation, even if it currently doesn’t mean a lot to me.

Participants:

* CrazyKinux’s Musing: Exotic Dancers, Corporate Meetings & more
* The Wandering Druid of Tranquility: Ambulation – what I hope to see
* Semper EVE: Blog Banter #1 – Ambulation
* The Ralpha Dogs: Ambulation/Walking in Stations: A “Second Life” for EVE?
* Drunk in Space: Look at how much weight he put on…
* Diving into PsycheDiver’s Psyche: Ambulation and Her
* Inner Sanctum of the Ninveah: Eve Blog Banter – Ambulation
* I am Keith Neilson: Going For A Stroll Through EVE
* Life in Low Sec: Ambulation Fantasies
* Shahirs Journey: Hopes for Ambulation
* A Mule in EVE: Ambulation
* Protosolus: EVE: Gawking in Stations
* One Man, One Ship: Ambulation
* Achernar: Avatars in a spaceships game
* The Shard: Ambulation
* Mad Rant: Saturday Night Fever
* I May Find Peace Within The Emptiness…: Walking Around…
* A Merry life: Ambulation

~ by Ombey on October 30, 2008.

8 Responses to “Blog Banter: Ambulation”

  1. Interesting take.

    I hope you enjoyed the topic!

  2. I did, made me think about something I haven’t given much thought to :)

  3. A well-considered opinion, dear Ombey, and there are points with which I agree. Namely, that EVE does not NEED ambulation. By that same token, we did not NEED Trinity’s shiny new graphics, or the recent new missions, or any number of other things. But we wanted them. For many of us, the same goes for ambulation. I’m convinced CCP will tie the ambulation expansion into the “game” so that it adds real depth and not simply fluff. They are just not the fluffy sort, those devs.

  4. Indeed Mynxee. I doubt they’d add anything which would damage the game, but I am concerned about people not actually being in space. However, if they can bring in some kind of PvP in stations, now *that* would be kool and the gang :)

  5. By the way, that Cloudbusting widget is what inspired the cypher visual I described in the fiction part of my ambulation post :) It’s very mesmerizing! Is this a WordPress-only feature? Almost enough to make me switch if it were, LOL.

  6. Yes, it would appear to be a WP only, linky here:

    http://www.roytanck.com/2008/03/15/wp-cumulus-released/

    I moved from Blogger to WP as WP had more features that I liked. The crossover process is really easy, WP imports it all no sweat. However, Blogger has the ability to tell you when the blogs in your blogroll were last updated, which WP doesn’t seem to do very well

  7. OOOOH! I just saw that Pegleg Punk has the word cloud thing on his blog and he uses Blogger. I do like WP though…and I could set it up on the Hellcats domain and then be able to fully customize it. Hmmmm…that is tempting when I have a little more time.

  8. Yeah, i moved WP to my own domain a cpl of weeks ago, it’s so easy it’s amazing. Really impressed with their instructions

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