And that brings me to a surprise move that CCP made on the forums yesterday.
Each year around the holidays, CCP gives EVE players that have active accounts at that time a holiday gift or two. Most are fluff throw-aways that aren't particularly useful. I've never flown a Primae or an Echelon, even though I own several of both, and I've only flown a Zephyr once, to get a look at it when it was undocked. Still, the one thing about gift-giving season that's been pretty consistent is that once gift season is over, it's over. If you miss out on your gifts, well, sucks to be you.
Except for this year.
This year, stating that gifts "are supposed to be something nice and fun and not a tool of discord" and noting that "a large number of players" that should have redeemed their gifts didn't, CCP is stating that they will honor petitions from anyone who "missed out" on the holiday gifts "for any reason."
Interesting, don't you think?