Ambulation and me

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This month’s topic comes to us from PsycheDiver: Ambulation: What are your hopes for your avatar and new functionality of stations?

And now, back to our regular programming…

For those about to walk, we salute you

For those about to walk, we salute you

Any discussion about Ambulation, or the more furriner-friendly term “walking in stations”, has to include the excellent thread stared by Lui Kai on the eve-online forums: Answering Ambulation Questions. It doesn’t seem to have been updated since August, however, and has also lost its sticky. Oh well.

In the abovementioned thread you’ll find all, or most of, the info released and communicated about the upcoming feature Ambulation. Links to official announcements, videos, screenshots and more. It’s a must read if this feature at all interests you. I strongly suggest you check it out if you haven’t before.

As for me and Ambulation I am ambivalent (see what I did there? Pure genious. Feel free to quote me).

I think it’s going to be a great feature. I think it’s going to be filled with bugs, it’s gonna be half-done when it’s released and people will whine and complain and threaten to cancel their 15 accounts. And it’s gonna be bloody awesome. It’s gonna have lots of features and things you can do and try out, and all of them will be pointless and have absolutely nothing to do with you pwning internet spaceships with your internet spaceship.

Quite possible it’s going to be technologically on the cutting edge. Atleast from the videos I’ve seen it’s very very ambitious. Avatars will be vastly customizeable, and their movements and behaviour dictated by a number of variables, not least being the bulk and size of their bodies. Stuff like that.

Alas, it will not be for me. The reason for that it’s not that I wouldn’t want Ambulation (I do, oh how I do), it’s that my current computer rig doesn’t handle premium gfx. And word is, if you can’t play EVE with delicious delicious premium graphics, you won’t be doing any walking in stations either.

So that sucks.

What Ambulation will give other people, however, is a venue of immersion. Of actually seeing your corpmates and your enemies. Of seeing yourself. Roleplayers of EVE, unite. On some level it has always bugged me that my character is constantly locked up in his pod, unable to exit it without, well, getting it blown up, with a cold hard death quick to follow.

The game won’t change because of Ambulation. It’ll still be about internet spaceships blowing up other internet spaceships. But we (or rather they) will recieve another dimension to the game, a social one. An arena for roleplay and interaction, far more advanced and alluring than ye olde chat channel. It’s going to put the RP into the MMOG that is EVE (I could be wrong, but that’s like three rhymes there. I’m on fire. I wonder what CCP’s marketing department would pay for that line?).

And thanks to CCP’s wise wise decision not to include any f-ing /dance command, it won’t turn into this:

We’re much cooler than that. Right?




~ by Shaun Livingstone on October 29, 2008.

8 Responses to “Ambulation and me”

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  2. Heh heh..maybe something more “interesting” than a /dance command, knowing CCP. Good post, Shaun…personally, as I mentioned in my own post on this topic, I hope that there are mechanics which will support the intrigue/power-building/profiteering side of EVE. Without that, ambulation might be nothing more than fun fluff. But guess we won’t know til it gets here.

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