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Posted: Aug 14th 2009 8:44PM (Unverified) said

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I find it very interesting that people feel the need to surf the web, an activity that many of us do to fill our down time, while "playing" this "game." Just makes me think that EVE is more like a second job than a hobby.

Posted: Aug 14th 2009 10:38PM (Unverified) said

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You've never wished for an in-game browser? I know when I played WoW I always wished for an in-game browser, alt-tabbing to check things is annoying. It also lets you talk with your friends on AIM and whatnot while playing, which is nice.
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Posted: Aug 14th 2009 10:23PM Brendan Drain said

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Websites and external media are actually extremely important for EVE as social tools. There are forums, podcasts, comics, external applications, guides, columns, blogs, stories, videos, radio channels and there's even a paper-based magazine dedicated solely to EVE. These things are a big part of what turns players into communities and if a new in-game browser can improve usability of the browser in-game, all the better.

It's also important to note that EVE's in-game browser has always been more than just a web-browser. It's integrated into the game in a much more meaningful way, for example by giving selected "trusted" sites access to information about your character's location etc. Again, if they're going to be expanding on those features then a great variety of useful websites and tools can be created to use this information and the EVE API to do things that just wouldn't be possible otherwise.

For example, you could have a webpage which uses info on your location to display a map highlighting your alliance's intel on enemy movements (Yes, there are alliances with systems like this). Or with the new browser you could possibly have a website that checks your character's skills and pops up some suggested ships you're ready to fly along with ship setups that you could import into your fittings list in-game. Essentially, players have the ability to design their own tools and form better communities as a result.
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Posted: Aug 14th 2009 11:27PM GaaaaaH said

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One of the most popular programs for Eve, EVEMon, has a functionality that lets you use its skill plan via the IGB - which saves alt tabbing

Posted: Aug 14th 2009 11:39PM (Unverified) said

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Yeah, that's uh.... awesome. Hey, did you hear about this new game by Microsoft? it's called Excel, you can track all kinds of stats and figures. It's got this really powerful interface that lets you tweak every aspect of the UI.
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Posted: Aug 15th 2009 1:24AM (Unverified) said

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Are you serious?
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Posted: Aug 15th 2009 2:54AM Cyron said

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Sam, I didn't know MS had developed an excel add-on that lets it work in the EVE in game browser...
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Posted: Aug 15th 2009 3:33AM (Unverified) said

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Wow, i guess if you play a boring game long enough you forget what sarcasm looks like.
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Posted: Aug 15th 2009 4:43AM (Unverified) said

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How boring do you have to be to read and post about a game you find boring?

Just sayin'

Sarcasm is only amusing when it's original.
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Posted: Aug 15th 2009 8:37AM (Unverified) said

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Just because something is too large and complex for you to grasp doesn't mean that it's boring. It just means that you're not smart enough to enjoy it.
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Posted: Aug 15th 2009 2:54AM SgtBaker said

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I'm not sure if tenfold performance boost will push over the threshold of "i'll-slash-wrists-if-the-damn-thing-doesn't-load-soon" ... :-D

Posted: Aug 15th 2009 6:32AM dudes said

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This is needed to help with the mind destroying mining process.

Walking in Stations would secure a larger base of players, but when?

CCP, Walking in Stations, please. Stop teasing.

Posted: Aug 15th 2009 8:35AM (Unverified) said

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When on a pc I use:

http://www.playxpert.com/web/guest/home

on Mac, Command/Enter for windowed mode.

Posted: Aug 15th 2009 9:42AM fatpanda said

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mini-reviews of PlayXpert, Steam, Rogue, and Xfire.

http://www.gamespot.com/features/6204588/?skipmc=1&tag=mncol;txt

Posted: Aug 16th 2009 1:59PM Dirame said

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Woop di doo! this is awesome. Next thing that should receive an overhaul is defender missiles, those things need some love!

Posted: Aug 16th 2009 8:14PM OmegaTwig said

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If by love you mean to be completely removed then yes... a lot of love is needed =D
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Posted: Aug 17th 2009 6:49AM Dirame said

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If you haven't found defender missiles useful then you're hella blind. Trust me, those weapons need some major improvements for vast minority that uses them.
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