|All by myself... :(|
Yesterday CCP released a new dev blog announcing the completion and future addition of the three other racial Captain's Quarters for Incarna:
Racial CQ Dev Blog
I've had a surprisingly strong reaction to this blog and I'm going to explain why. I'll try not to cover old ground much but some things bear repeating.
|This looks better than the Minmatar craphole.|
The damn things look great. I mean, seriously. The one thing you can never fault CCP at is their artwork. Releasing just one CQ initially was a mistake; releasing the Minmatar one and making it look like a cheap hotel in downtown Tokyo was even worse. With these three new CQ's, we finally see something that says 'sci-fi'.
The best thing about this dev blog tho is that CCP finally took heed of something the CSM said back at the May summit which was, "If you are going to show off something really cool, please please please include a video of it!" Look what we got!
It's atmospheric, well-made and shows off the new shiny stuff in a way mere pictures and words never could. So kudos to CCP for going the extra mile and doing this.
Shortly after the blog was released I began tweeting about it and made a somewhat snarky post on the first page of the thread referencing the fact that a lot of people that just don't like this stuff would summarily disable it and go back to having 'the door' which was the crappy default background image if you didn't want your video card to melt. So the question was asked, "Will those of us with CQ turned off be receiving updated door pictures?" We got a rather surprising answer from Torfi himself:
"The door will be replaced by a ship spinning in a hangar, actually."If this is true then it's great news. The 'meh' of it is, why not include such an obvious piece of information in the actual blog? If you have forgotten about all the Ship Spinning info, here's the dev blog on that.
The other thing that got left out and had to be clarified is that, according to CCP Fallout,
"The CQ you get is based on the race of the station!!"I suppose not tying the CQ to the race of your character makes it an interesting way to ensure that players get a chance to see all four styles, but it also leads to something that really worries me: the complete lack of choice and customization.
I am no longer in MY Captain's Quarters; I am just in a hotel room that I hang out in when I dock in a station.
|The NeX store is missing some key items...|
- No interaction with other players.
- No defined game play.
- No definitive information on when either of the above will happen or what shape they will take.
Walking in Stations Dev Blog
It's kind of mind blogging when you think about how much else has happened in EVE, yet how little has happened with regard to Walking In Stations / Ambulation / Incarna.
The latest blog did not contain one word about 'Establishments' or anything else related to actual character interaction and / or gameplay. What has been said was said by Queen of Straight Talk CCP Fallout in one of the forum replies:
"For those of you inquiring or wondering about walking in stations via establishments: we will be releasing more information. I currently don't know the timeline for the info release. I do know that my answer will annoy some people, and I apologize. If I run into Guard later (he left for the day) I will see if he's familiar with when that info will be out (Guard is the new king of blog publishing :)).I'm curious to see what information is coming because this is where I start to get annoyed again. Seriously, what is the point of making my character all snazzy if there's no way for other people to see her / him strutting by?
Adding an update: we are currently expecting more information on this next week."
Where is the personality?
If I am ever going to appreciate or use Incarna in any way, I have got to be able to make the content I see on my screen actually MINE. I love Legos. I like to build things. My old alliance, Mercenary Coalition, was the first alliance in EVE to build all four racial outpost types. The Caldari one was shit, but we did it anyway because... FIRST! I've spent at least as much time in EVE building stuff as I have destroying it which is why Incarna is such a disappointment to me.
I've written several times about how I think CCP has completely missed the boat with their ridiculous vanity items pricing strategy for dresses and pants, etc... It seems the obvious next step of this would be allowing players to choose whatever CQ template they liked the most and then accessorize, more importantly personalize, it with all manner of crazy shit. I want carpets from endangered animals, a desk made out of wood sacred to some hippies, a couch shaped like a doughnut, mirrors all over the ceiling a disco ball and pet slaver hound.
I also want to add onto my CQ, kind of like the old XCOM game where you could customize your base layout and make it your own. I want a frozen corpse trophy room so I can show off my old XirtamVOTF and KIAEddz trophies or a big walk in closet that stores my various shoes, trench coats and handcuffs.
Of course, so long as CCP is charging $20 for a shirt, they'd probably want $500 for a disco ball so maybe it's better that none of this ever sees the light of day.
|There is literally nothing wrong with this.|