For me the concept of lanes and the concept of torus drive have been a total game/immersion killer. I just can't get around the conflict in my mind about a non-player centric Ooniverse where I can drive around in god mode while everyone else drives sluggishly in nice lines just waiting to be butchered.
Well, are they butchered?
I mean, most of them are corporate-type employed pilots moving cargo, and relying on the assistance of policed worlds.
When they are in another system, they religiously follow their company regulations which, based on their insurance company stats, states that the cargo and ship survival rates are higher when being in the middle of a group of foreign traders.
When an attack occurs on such a group, depending on the situation, the odds are sometimes better to flee the group, and sometimes better to destroy the menace so as to avoid being unprotected outside the main lanes.
YOU are not in God-mode. You ARE an independent businessman, Commander. Free to follow your whims, and to hit the space bar whenever you fancy it.
PS: for a glass or a reboot, as you wish.
Well, at least, that's the rationale I use.
I can't understand people going in the slow lane in Oolite. But in the real world, I can't understand any better the people who become employed and must follow their employer's regulations while being mostly forbidden to act according to their own understanding.
So I've been "educated" to perceive this rationale.