Eve Online: What is the sandbox?
A guide to the sandbox and other things you need to know about Eve Online.
What is the Sandbox?
Sandbox is a term many of you will have heard about. But what does it actually mean? It can be kind of vague but what it means for games and how it shapes titles such as Eve Online is, to put it simply, massive.
We’ll try not make this a psychology lesson but sandbox or the butterfly effect as it is also known is widely read theory with roots deep, deep in science.
The butterfly effect states that a single action, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever. It is a theory that everything matters and that those actions re-define the future.
Now apply that to the world of EVE Online; thousands upon thousands of gamers in hundreds of different countries, in many different ships forging different careers and well your imagination really kicks into overdrive! Play the game, make friends, join an alliance, join a coalition and before you know it, you are in the middle of en epic, epic firefight.
The butterfly effect states that a single action, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever.
The impact of the choices you make sends ripples throughout the game. Some small and some subtle. Never was this better seen than in January of this year when 4,000 players took to the galaxy in a epic fight which lasted almost 15 hours. The real world cost of lost ships damaged goods came in at a staggering 300,000US$!!
Check the trailer to learn more about the Sandbox!!
Few points to note:
But whilst the Sandbox is just the environment of Eve, here a couple of points to get you thinking about the games itself!
- You need to pay a subscription to play the game. If you are good enough, then you can pay with in game cash.
- Any pilot can train to fly any spaceship. Good to know that your character choice (race, alliance, bloodline, gender etc etc) does not lock down other game features.
- There are over 200 ships to choose from.
- Flying a game is not like a flight simulator. Your character skills determine aspects such as the speed and agility of your ship.
- Character development occurs in real time. Minutes, days, weeks, months and even years are spent developing your character. This even happens when you are not online. Depending on which rumour you believe – it could take a total of 15 years to build up all of your characters skills.
- Be sure to check what the security status is for both you and the star system. Eve can be a somewhat lawless place. The fewer the rules the better the sandbox!!
Remember, something is happening everywhere! It is not the skills you have but the choices you make which sets Eve Online apart!