Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Eve Mobile

Welcome to the twelfth 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 banter comes to us from CrazyKinux himself, who asks the following: First there was the MMO on the PC, and now with the recent announcement of DUST 514, EVE will soon be moving onto consoles. But what about mobile? Allow your imagination to run wild for a second and describe how you would see EVE being ported to mobile devices, whether the iPhone/iPod touch, Blackberrys or Android-based devices. Dream the impossible for us!

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My wife has an I-Pod touch and it makes me jealous. It connects to our home wireless router and she can check email, download stuff, read blogs... I tried to convince her she wanted Capsuleer but she said "Back OFF! Get your own sandwich!"

With COSMOS plans in motion from CCP, one can start to imagine the lines blurring between in-game and out-of-game activities. And once you start moving things out of game, its a small jump to the mobile devices to today and tomorrow since the line between desktop PC and a handheld has been shrinking every day.

These are the things I would like to see out of game:

- Everything in Eve Commander. That means absolute inventory browsing (in remote cans and fittings on ships), current market orders, research projects, and skill training info.

- The ability to view the market and change my buy and sell orders.

- The ability to change my skills and skill queue.

- Access, create, and reply to Evemails.

- Access to channels for chatting.

- Access to my stored ship fittings.

- Ability to browse and bid on contracts.

Essentially I want everything I don't need to be sitting in a ship to do available to me out of game and accessible by mobile clients. I know that's ambitious but it would add so much to the experience.

List of Participants:
  1. CrazyKinux's Musing - Tying the dots and locking me in!
  2. A Merry Life and a Short One - I Don’t Own a Working Phone
  3. Yarrbear Tales - EVE on Mobile Devices? Eh.
  4. Hands Off, My Loots! - EVE Mobile…Possibility?
  5. Achernar - Trapped on Planet Horror
  6. Rettic’s Log - The Cronofile – Blog Banter: EVE Mobile
  7. A Mule in EVE - EVE Mobility
  8. Inner Sanctum of the Ninveah - EVE Mobile
  9. My Life in EVE - 12th Blog Banter
  10. My God, it’s Full of Stars! - 12th EVE Blog Banter
  11. The Wandering Druid of Tranquility - WOW, look at that ‘micro-Dust’
  12. Adventures in Mission Running - 12th EVE Blog Banter
  13. Ecliptic Rift - EVE Everywhere
  14. Roc’s Ramblings - EVE Mobile
  15. EVE Monkey - EVE on a Mobile Device?
  16. Nashh Kadavr’s EVE Blog - I-pod Capsuleer
  17. Escoce – EVE Trade - Dynamic System Security
  18. Break Vol - EVE Blog Banter 12
  19. Mikeazariah - EVE Mobility
  20. Pods and Pills - The 12th EVE Blog Banter: EVE on the MOVE!
  21. Lords of Space - EVE on my Iphone?
  22. Cle Demaari - Is that EVE in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
  23. Life in Low Sec - Wormholes On the Go
  24. The Elitist - EVE On Mobile Devices
  25. Many more to come...


  1. I would love to see this market stuff exposed to the internet. Market bots FTW!

  2. Anonymous9:22 am

    +1 for everything on that list - and it needs to be accessable in both iPhone and Android (since I own that).

    Really a Web-based app would probably be the best - I mean look at the stuff Google is doing with Mail, Calendar and Voice apps in the browser - and it uses the same webkit as the new COSMOS browser in-game. All CCP would need to do is create an app that wraps around it to add in their own features (something I've already done quite easily in Android)

  3. Anonymous9:34 am

    having that dynamic information available to me on my i-phone would be great but I wanted even more immersion than that, I think COSMOS will give you all that you are looking for and more. Currently I can do almost all you requested by visiting different sites...one thing I hope it will bring is a web presence to the a corporation or an alliance as well being able to review applications offline in an i-phone would be very cool.

    To bring it home...to show all the information needed in one spot would be awesome indeed.

  4. Ugh - no way for any of that for any game.

    Many MMOs already start feeling like a job, and this would only enhance the effect. Suddenly there's no reason that you shouldn't be checking your in-game activities RIGHT THIS MINUTE.

    Just like people need a break from work, we also can't be plugged into a game all the fricking time. Just look at the r/l burnout caused by employees who cannot disconnect themselves from the office because they have a Crackberry or iPhone so are constantly checking in on things.

    Terrible, terrible idea.

  5. Anonymous10:58 am

    I use my iPod Touch at home for the same things you wife does. I even read books with the Kindle app. I do a lot on it, even write (serious geek moment here).

    Watch for sales mate and get the Touch, you will like it!!

  6. Good post! Looks like a lot of us had the same general idea...COSMOS through your browser pretty much means a mobile EVE. Looking forward to it :)