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Posted: Jul 19th 2009 8:29AM Psychotic Storm said

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EVE has apps for quite some time.

Posted: Jul 19th 2009 8:39AM (Unverified) said

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Most EVE players probably already know this, but EVE has several apps. There is iClone (http://redmine.iclone.org.uk/) and EVE Tracker (http://www.saggysoft.com/products/evetracker/) but the one I use is Capsuleer (http://capsuleer.evesuite.com) because it has all the same features as the others (with maybe a little more polish) and also can download details from the most active RSS blogs, including CCP's own.

All of the above are free apps.

Posted: Jul 19th 2009 8:56AM (Unverified) said

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Perhaps I should point out what they do? :)

All three allow you to see your character(s) details and their current training schedule. You can also see a list of items and skills for offline browsing. Each has other smaller features, so it might be best to shop around. All available on the iTunes app store.
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Posted: Jul 19th 2009 10:00AM Lethality said

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None of those are official apps by CCP. That makes a big difference both in terms of functional possibilities but also trust. Users aren't willing to give there credentials to 3rd party apps (or, at least they shouldn't be!)

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Posted: Jul 19th 2009 10:05AM (Unverified) said

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You don't give the apps your login credentials, you just give a limited API key (that you get from CCP) and the data exposed by CCP can then be read for your character(s). The data is read-only, so you can't do anything except keep track of your details.

If you think someone is looking at your stats/skills without your permission you can just change the API key.
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Posted: Jul 19th 2009 9:05AM Greeen said

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ye, I would like to see something like that, e.g. WAR and State of the Realm for you server would be nifty.
just selling stuff in ah would be neat for any game, maybe even chat (if you have the nerv) with guildies.

but even more than just apps i would like to see an mmo (maybe even "my" mmo) on the iphone. the current so called "MMOs" that I have seen are pretty much text-based, you don't even see a combat. Feels more like a MUD, and MUDs were better imho.

Posted: Jul 19th 2009 9:05AM (Unverified) said

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Is Turbine against external apps for LoTRO? A friend of mine contacted them about them feeding in-game outwards and Turbine replied that they are totally focused on in-game content (free Book upgrades and such.)

Posted: Jul 19th 2009 11:13AM (Unverified) said

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I would seriously, seriously like to see an auction house/email/inventory app for WoW. that would be the neatest thing ever. Heck, I would like to see that as a standalone PC app.

Posted: Jul 19th 2009 11:14AM agitatedandroid said

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Have to second the Capsuleer recommendation. That apps been out almost as long as iPhone apps have been possible.

Also, I believe Cities XL has hopes of exposing the trading interface to the web, easily accessible from a phone of any stripe.

Lastly, Warcraft apps have been around since before I stopped playing WoW and, that was some time ago.

Presently the iTunes app store lists 30 apps that come up from a search for "World of Warcraft".

Posted: Jul 19th 2009 11:22AM (Unverified) said

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I would love to have apps for my Blackberry, which as of May or June was actually the most popular smart phone brand on the market.

I have a touch as well, so I understand the sheer awesomeness of apps that Apple has available. I wish people would show some equal love for RIM in the apps department.

Posted: Jul 19th 2009 11:27AM Lethality said

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The fact is the Blackberry can't do what the iPhone can do in many cases... they can't make apps like that.

Blackberry only holds market share in business, and that counts ALL of the Blackberry models... where as the iPhone is just the iPhone. If you were compare the market share of the iPhone to its closest Blackberry competitor, well... not even close :)

As far as smartphones go, the iPhone is the only real platform that matters right now, and for some time.

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Posted: Jul 19th 2009 2:49PM (Unverified) said

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Yep, Blackberry's U.S. smartphone marketshare is almost double Apple's. Apple won't be able to lead in the U.S. until it gets rid of its crippling exclusive with AT&T. Imagine how many Iphones they could sell if they were available on all networks, like the Blackberries.
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Posted: Jul 19th 2009 10:59PM Tipa said

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I love Capsuleer. I first heard about it from Massively's Krystalle, and have depended on it since I got my iPhone.

Posted: Jul 20th 2009 12:25PM (Unverified) said

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Hehe I just had to respond to the above comment,
Yup Eve has one very very important app, its called Excel Spreadsheet. Its what the game is based on and as near as I can tell about as fun to mess with.
Thank you folks I will be here all week!

Posted: Jul 20th 2009 2:11PM (Unverified) said

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The app options are endless. I think this type of technology can really push a game to new limits. I see especially helping casual gamers who when are online want to be killin', not baking. Some ideas are:

1. Tradeskills....why not do them at work, instead of while your guildmates are raiding
2. Auction House....don't ever miss out on that bargain again
3. Banking...you can finally organize your bank space
4. Housing...if you have a house, perfect for decorating
5. Guilds...too many options, so much could be done to help guilds
6. Announcements...Town newspapers, RvR attacks, world events, keep people involved even when they aren't playing will keep people paying
7. Friends lists...another item to manage without taking game time away
8. Databases: Quests, skills, equipment, etc...everything you look online for could be in an app.

A lot of these I think could be done with simple email also, but either way I think games should try and focus on ways to allow people to be connected to the game even when they aren't in the game.

Posted: Jul 22nd 2009 6:17PM (Unverified) said

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I'm not aware of anything for LotRO outside of the forum signatures.

Posted: Jul 27th 2009 5:17PM Kyzgar said

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Actually, since Turbine released the API for looking up character data like the WoW armory, a lot of apps have turned up for looking at the data. A nice looking one for the iPhone is at http://bamsoft.net/?page_id=85

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