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Posted: Nov 16th 2010 9:12PM DrewIW said

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And no one was surprised.

Posted: Nov 16th 2010 9:44PM (Unverified) said

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Of course noone was surprised. Anytime you have a true sandbox game you always plan for the worst to happen. At some point no matter who the people are, the bounty gets to a point where its just unresistable and take the money and run kicks in.

Cause 125 Billion is enough to buy 357 months worth of game time. Aka 29 years. Or you could do several accounts at 2 years. Or however you want. I know I would take a portion and reinvest it back into the game to keep my income coming back. You could almost play forever with that amount of money.
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Posted: Nov 16th 2010 9:48PM Dblade said

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Thrilling sandbox gameplay at its finest.
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Posted: Nov 17th 2010 2:03AM DiscoJer said

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Oh please, all games have this. It's called "Server drama". Just somehow because it's Eve, it's a big huge news story...
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Posted: Nov 17th 2010 8:21AM Scuffles said

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I think the reason they give Eve so much limelight over their server drama .... is because when you strip away the thin veneered facade .... all eve has is server drama to keep it together.

So of course anything that happens is a huge deal, they need it to happen.
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Posted: Nov 17th 2010 10:03AM Brendan Drain said

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@Jeremy

The reason big events and player conflicts in EVE are news (and popular news at that) is that since it all happens on one big server, the stories are relevant to every EVE player. A lot of people who don't play EVE for gameplay reasons also often say they really like reading about what's going on the the game.
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Posted: Nov 16th 2010 9:40PM (Unverified) said

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If you guys haven't read this story about EVE online, it's a pretty good read. It's about a guy scamming a lot of credits out of a lot of people. It's pretty old now, so yeah.

http://www.wirm.net/nightfreeze/part1.html

Posted: Nov 16th 2010 10:08PM Brendan Drain said

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The nightfreeze story is one that has gotten a lot of people into trying EVE Online. It's well known that the story is entirely fiction, and those who played EVE at the time did notice inconsistencies in the story with actual game mechanics. Nevertheless, it's definitely made its mark on EVE Online.
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Posted: Nov 16th 2010 10:22PM (Unverified) said

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I did not know that. Having never played EVE, it seemed pretty real to me.
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Posted: Nov 16th 2010 9:40PM Darkdust said

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At this point, it's more newsworthy when a project like this DOESN'T have some sort of betrayal.

Here's hoping he doesn't screw the larger community by indulging in RMT.

Posted: Nov 16th 2010 10:03PM Brendan Drain said

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The thief has said the funds will be spent on a titan and a few motherships for his alliance war effort. I think this is mostly a case of him deciding where his loyalties truly lay.
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Posted: Nov 16th 2010 10:08PM DLemke said

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"Here's hoping he doesn't screw the larger community by indulging in RMT"

Lol, huh? Much of the Eve economy is based on RMT. You can buy as much xp (sp) and gold (isk) as you want in Eve with CCP's blessing. That guy isn't gonna #%#@ anythign that hasn't already been #%#ed.

Posted: Nov 16th 2010 10:52PM (Unverified) said

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Considering the method of 'buying sp' that you refer to under CCP's blessing is entirely done with in-game currency, it has no value to your arguement.

To further add to it, I assume you're talking about how people are given the option to buy PLEX with real money? While it certainly may fall into a one-way RMT categorization, in no way does it impact the in-game economy in any threatening way. If you understood, I mean, really understood, the process behind why PLEX works and how it doesn't impact the economy, I'm sure you wouldn't have said what you did.

I suggest you watch a video from EVE's fanfest 09, where the lead economist (who has a doctorate) talks about the PLEX system.
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Posted: Nov 16th 2010 11:47PM Darkdust said

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Yes but RL money can't exit the system legitimately except to CCP. The opportunity to sell the ISK for cash may prove too tempting but hopefully he will follow through on his plans that Nyphur mentioned in his comment.
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Posted: Nov 17th 2010 1:10AM SgtBaker1234556 said

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Dr.Eyo - lol.
The man might have a doctorate, but just look at the drivel he put out in the last newsletter, I don't think he has actually ever played the game. He's just a hired stand-in to make CCP's press releases look good (they like flaunting degrees in press-releases, but neglect the fact that most of them are from irrelevant university in Reykjavik).

Anyway, pumping real money, RMT or otherwise, *in* the game is not the problem. Just look at Red Overlord's capital fleet and how much good it did it to them :-P

Getting money *out* might be a problem as it leaves CCP without a cut, but screw CCP, it's a nice pocket money from spacepixels..so who cares.
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Posted: Nov 17th 2010 1:19AM SgtBaker1234556 said

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Dr.Eyo - lol.
The man might have a doctorate, but just look at the drivel he put out in the last newsletter, I don't think he has actually ever played the game. He's just a hired stand-in to make CCP's press releases look good (they like flaunting degrees in press-releases, but neglect the fact that most of them are from irrelevant university in Reykjavik).

Anyway, pumping real money, RMT or otherwise, *in* the game is not the problem. Just look at Red Overlord's capital fleet and how much good it did it to them :-P

Getting money *out* might be a problem as it leaves CCP without a cut, but screw CCP, it's a nice pocket money from spacepixels..so who cares.
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Posted: Nov 16th 2010 10:08PM DLemke said

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"Here's hoping he doesn't screw the larger community by indulging in RMT"

Lol, huh? Much of the Eve economy is based on RMT. You can buy as much xp (sp) and gold (isk) as you want in Eve with CCP's blessing. That guy isn't gonna #%#@ anything that hasn't already been #%#ed.

Posted: Nov 16th 2010 11:56PM SgtBaker1234556 said

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Yeah and that's not the problem. He probably meant the other way around.
Though I can't see anything wrong with that either - most (non-retarded) alliance leaders siphon away ISK to real cash through RMT - making $5-7k / month is nice pocket money and can be used to give some RL perks to your FC's for example - but only the really big alliances make enough for it to really matter.

There's a whole alliance full of droneland russians making a RL living off botting in EVE though, that's where the real problem is.
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Posted: Nov 16th 2010 11:00PM Quarlo said

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Another story involving someone from Test Alliance Please Ignore doing something shady?

Posted: Nov 17th 2010 2:12AM (Unverified) said

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Indeed, we are a terrible blight upon EVE. At least this time what we did is 100% legal by the game rules.
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