I went to a friend's birthday party when I was around 8 years old. The family had one of those newfangled VCR machines and rented a new movie for the party goers to watch: Star Trek II, the Wrath of Khan.
Well, a gang of eight year old boys will quickly lose interest in that movie as the action is not very intense except for a few moments.
I, however, was enthralled. And the part that was most enthralling was the few moments of space combat.
I had already begun my love of space combat with Star Wars a few years earlier but Star Trek II fueled a fire that burned bright ever since. It was a different kind of space combat from what Star Wars offered which focused on X-wings and TIE fighters and the capital ships in the background. In Star Trek the combat was between capital ships and I loved it, hence why Eve appeals to me far more than Jump Gate Evolution or Black Prophecy do.
Hence the lure of the upcoming MMO Star Trek online. I played Starfleet Command and enjoyed it for many hours in the year before I found Eve Online, so the thought of playing a new game with that type of combat is very intriguing especially when set in the Star Trek universe.
I think I'll give Star Trek Online a trial when it comes out to see if it can fit in my "casual MMO" slot. We'll see if I have to still do the landing parties or if the space combat is sufficient to keep me interested.
No worries about me abandoning Eve though... three years running and its still my number one obsession.