Saturday, June 25, 2011

Fearless... Devblogs and LIES damed LIES and hiding from the past

Everyone who cares has probably already read the 'Fearless' newsletter and CCP Zulu's response to the massive outrage. But there is something that seems to be missing in all this.

I am going to include a couple of quotes here..

First from the Newsletter:
One other service we’re looking at is selling faction standings. We want to offer convenience for a price.
-Scott Holden

Second from CCP Zulu's Recent Devblog:
While it‘s perfectly fine to disagree and attack CCP over policies or actions we take, we think it‘s not cool how individuals that work here have been called out and dragged through the mud due to something they wrote in the internal company newsletter. Seriously, these people were doing their jobs and do not deserve the hate and shitstorm being pointed at them.
-CCP Zulu

And lastly lets look at a previous Devblog dating to last year from CCP Zulu:
The scope will be (and there‘s no design has been done around this, we‘re just talking strategy now) that anything that doesn‘t affect gameplay directly can be, potentially, sold for PLEX or other means.
-CCP Zulu

What is important is the dates. The newsletter is from this past May. The earlier devblog is from last November.

There is a lie buried somewhere here.

It does not make sense for CCP to be debating extensively about gameplay affecting microtransactions in EVE after they have firmly committed to not have gameplay affecting microtransaction within EVE. Either the first CCP Zulu devblog is a lie or the second one is.

EVE can be fixed. CCP knows the way... they just seem to refuse to go there.


  1. Just out curiosity, would you have a problem if faction standings were being offered for ISK rather than real money?

  2. Ummm you can already get faction standings through ISK. Just buy tags and trade them in at the approptrate agent.

  3. So if you cared to do it, you could buy PLEX with dollars/pounds/euros, then sell for ISK, then buy tags, then trade in to the right agent. Kinda convoluted, but the ability to pay for faction standing already exists.

  4. Except, and this is the important point, those tags were painstakingly collected by players of the game from NPC kills. Bypassing the player and EVE's economy is game-breaking. Why have a player economy at all then?

  5. Good point. And that's why I don't honestly think they're ever going to have that sort of stuff in the Aurum store. This is just my opinion, but I think that CCP's game designers are smarter than this.