One of the disadvantages of living separately from my daughter is that it is all too easy to get out of touch with term times – as I discovered this week when my daughter messaged me during the day. I asked what she was doing online and she was quick to reassure me that she wasn’t bunking off (the thought of which hadn’t even occurred to me – I’d thought she might be ill).
What she was hoping for though, was that I was free to log in to EVE and continue building our virtual corporation in the game with some resource mining while she finished her homework and I completed some odds and ends of paperwork.
One of the things I love about this MMO is that you can, by and large, choose to have the game be as intense or slow-burn as you are comfortable with or have the time to invest. With the client software rendering in a window, rather than opened as a whole-screen presentation, it means that low-impact activities at a gentle pace, like the mining shown in the screenshot here, can take place without impacting over-much on anything else I might be doing at the time, like cooking, writing, making applications or submitting tenders. There’s the added bonus of course that I’m able to teach my daughter some of the ins and outs of the game, see her reactions when some intricate game mechanism suddenly clicks with her – and generally spend time with her, even when we’re apart.
For that alone, well worth the subscription fee.