A lot of people in the world got to hear about the Battle of B-R5RB in the news last week. $300,000.00 worth of ships were lost, from what I’ve been told.
300 thousand USD.
It’s good for Eve Online. It’s gotten a bunch of buzz going, new players signing into game and asking on the forums where do they get their capital ships.
But it’s bad for Eve online, too.
See, CCP has carefully designed a system where you can pay for your game time by allowing people to use in game currency, ISK, to buy the Players License Extension or PLEX. PLEX are bought with real money and sold in game on the market for ISK. This gives people the phantom idea that things that are valued in ISK have a real money value.
Why is that bad?
Get up, go out in town and find someone you know who does not play Eve Online, look them in the eye and tell them that “Last week, I was playing Eve Online and I lost an internet spaceship with a real world value of 2500 dollars”.
Try it at work, with your boss.
They will look at you like you are Crazy. They will ask you, why you would you buy an “internet spaceship”, did you say, for 2500 dollars?
You immediately will have to explain how PLEXs are game time and you can buy PLEX and trade game time to other players for in game money and buy spaceships, but you didn’t actually buy the spaceship for 2500 dollars, rather you and some other people gathered and sold resources in game and bought that ship on the private market.
Your friend will nod their head and say “that’s amazing” and walk away thinking that you’re another one of those “silly gamer people with more money than sense”.
When Eve Online makes the news, it’s always because ships worth tens of thousands of dollars were destroyed. We all think it’s cool.
Regular people, they see it and think, Why would anyone spend $300,000 on a video game?
That’s completely stupid. That’s possibly insane.
So they smile, nod their heads at crazy people, and wander away, hoping that you don’t follow them.
Oh, he’s a nice enough fellow, but he’s not quite right. You have to humor him.