Compounding that, of course, is the news of CCP's layoffs, the Guardian article talking about WoD shenanigans, and a renewal of the cries of "EVE is dying."
My viewpoint is a little different. I've been floating around MMOs for the better part of 14 years, and played text-based RPGs (MUSHes) for the 10 years before that.
In 2008, I left the game out of anger and frustration. I did the whole ragequit thing - ranty post on the Alliance forum, stomping around, and making a fuss. I did the whole checklist except giving away my stuff and biomassing my main. I was maybe ahead of the bow wave of bittervets, before that was even a term. I was burnt out, frustrated with the devs' direction, and found better things to do with my time and capture my imagination.
In mid-2014, I can say that EVE is the only game on my radar and will be for quite some time. What happened? I got over it. I got over myself. I accepted EVE for what it is and not what should have been.
I call myself a post-bittervet because it's taken me a long while to go through the stages of loss. For those of you who don't work in the world of corporate buzzwords, here they are:
1. DenialI wouldn't call myself optimistic, and I think CCP flirts with disaster far too regularly. But the game, in it's current nonperfect state, is still home, warts and all. Part of me writing this blog is a desire to give back to the community, to continue to build, to foster the conversation that will maybe help CCP find their way.
I just pushed my main account over for a 12mo subscription. I intend to be here awhile; this is the first time since launch I could make such a commitment. I'm at #5. Some of you aren't; that's okay. Some of you will never be; that's okay too.