it sounds cool but i have a question.. how would a newbie get in and not have to worry about being picked on
I sent this email in and I thought since the crew din't use it I would share it here (I edited it slightly.)
I am a player of EVE-Online ( www.eve-online.com ) and have been for a few years so I'd like to clarify a few things you said:
1) It didn't just affect XP, all versions of windows that could run EVE, as it is known in both the player base and the MMO community, with the exception of Vista.
2) It only affected a small subset of players who installed the "Premium Content" additional package on top of the basic download, had windows on a partition or drive other than their primary one, and you were able to download the "premium content" package (while every one else was trying to do the same) before 4am GMT Dec 6. Then they also had to not see the giant "DO NOT REBOOT" warnings That the game put out well before that as soon as they realized there was a problem.
3) The simplest fix is if you have your Windows CD and get into the repair function you can rebuild your boot.ini. If you arelooking for the other offical solutions see http://www.eve-online.com/updates/bootinifix.asp
4) The problem was caused by a simple typo between a '/' and '\' that only applied in an uncommon circumstance that didn't show up in beta testing with the openly accessible test server that gave people a chance to see the new graphics engine early.
4) "Trinity" is not just a graphics patch or upgrade. CCP, the makers of EVE, do not charge for Expansions or updates like most MMOs. "Trinity" is on the scale of an upgrade like World of Warcraft's "Burning Crusade" or "Wrath of the Lich King" and is the start of a rollout of a new graphics engine.
5) CCP (Crowd Control Productions) is an Icelandic indie game developer. Bootstrapping developed some different connotations in languages other than English. I don't know its the case but as I understand it means in some languages also starting up a network session or starting a program with settings loaded from data files.
Allot of people just look at EVE and say "so you just fly around in ships and you don't have a character on the screen". Its much more than that, but I understand that as I said that the first time I saw it.
First of all every player plays on the same server simultaneously. EVE has the world record of the greatest number of simultaneous players on a single server/shard at 37,000+ players, and it usually has over 20,000 players. Also, since the servers run 23 hours a day (1 hour a day the server is brought down for maintenance and backup) and is done is several languages there are players from everywhere playing with everybody. In the game developer parlance EVE is a sandbox and not an amusement park, as it isn't on rails, play there is what you make it (like a sandbox). Players create most of the goods in the EVE Universe in a market driven economy. The game world is a whole galaxy, some of which is the frontier and is not only open to exploration but player owned alliances and corporations can take control of them as the actual governing authority.
The EVE Community has Radio stations, a magazine, comic strips, webpage hosting (paid for in ISK, the ingame currency, file hosting service, art books, fiction and fan fiction with an authorized novel upcoming, video and audio podcasts, sporting events, and sold out annual conventions called Fan Fest... in Iceland. Most of their players are from North America and Europe and they still attend.