Thursday, October 06, 2011

Blog Banter 29 - Immersion

"EVE Online is renowned for its depth. Its backstory, gameplay and social aspects are all qualities that draw players in. What does immersion in EVE Online mean to you?"

There are two types of immersion.

The first type is the typical environment immersion where you lose yourself in the character and environment they are in, whether it is playing a video game or watching a movie. For a role playing game, immersion equates to living in the world as your character, thinking and reacting as they would in the given scenarios. This can as simple as in your imagination in a standard pen and paper RPG or as elaborate as dressing up and acting out the adventure in LARPing activities.

But Eve is different. The vast majority do not roleplay and do not become invested in their character's feelings and responses to the in game environment, yet Eve is often described as one of the most immersive games out there.


Because, as I've stated before, Eve is not a game. Its a simulation.

This fact has the two-fold effect of reducing the need (hell, even the ability) to role play while simultaneously increasing the immersion. Why? Because the simulation is so complex, so encompassing, and so "real" that is is easier to get pulled in to a very large degree.

In a normal game, an immersion breaking event is a needless ad during your dungeon adventure to buy more gold with your credit card. In Eve, immersion breaking event is when your significant other calls down the stairs to get off the ****ing computer and come spend time with your family.

Quite simply, Eve is Real.
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  1. Sorry, copy pasted format from email and didn't realize it looked like crap on the site. Fixed now.

  2. I think you've struck on exactly the difference between Eve and the other MMOs. And why Eve has been successful without needing to see your avatar thus far.

    The way I look at it is that the immersion of Eve is the doing not the seeing.