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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Good news x4

Four quickies.  On paper they're unrelated, but they all involve good news.

Over the weekend, for only the fifth time, the count of logged-in users to EVE Online's Tranquility server passed 60000.  It wasn't a record-setting day.  That's still held by 23 January 2011, with 63170 players logged in.  But it was a busy day in New Eden nonetheless!  Chribba was nice enough to pull the previous record-holding days for Noizygamer and I.  Thanks, Chribba!

Second, remember how a few months ago, I was hoping for CCP to break out of the string of sub-par trailers they were putting out and wow us with something exceptional?  It didn't really happen with the Retribution trailer, which was amusing but ultimately not memorable.  But they've finally delivered... for DUST 514.  The new "Gathering Forces" trailer is the best video CCP has made in two years.  The damn thing almost made me want to play DUST again.  Almost.  Well done to the team that put this together!  Promote this thing widely, CCP!


Related: I was amused to see a PS3 bundle for sale in my local Best Buy this week.  The bundle came with the PS3, extra controller,  Farcry 3, Uncharted 3, and DUST 514.  The same bundle was also selling for a while at an east coast warehouse chain but is now sold out.  Great to see CCP on a national marketing stage again!  The last time I can remember that happening was 2009.  It's apparently working.  According to David Reid, millions of people have played DUST.

Final thing: +1 Internet to blogger Chirality who asked CSM7: What is CCP going to do to promote wide participation in the upcoming election?  And another +1 Internet to Hans Jagerblitzen, who answered the mail in fine, detailed fashion.  It's worth your time to go give it a read, because interesting things are said!

Good news is all around!

13 comments:

  1. Care to elaborate why you think it is exceptional? It didn't strike me as an outstanding one.

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    1. It sells the game like nobody's business, showing a realistic growth path for a brand new player from all-PvE-all-the-time, to leader of an alliance. But at the same time, it doesn't take away from the fact that all the other players out there can do the same thing.

      It also shows the game in its best possible light: dynamic, engaging, and action-packed, without showing the downsides.

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  2. Have you heard the rumor that every PS4 will supposedly be shipped with Dust 514 pre-loaded on the machine? Furthermore, i heard from the same dource that Sony are spending 9x the amount on advertising Dust 514 for PS4 than they did on PS3

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  3. Cool trailer. However, Battlefield 3, and other modern shooters are still light years ahead of Dust514.

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  4. While I do think it's good news that we had over 60000 on tranquility, doesn't that number now count dust bunnies or was that just Eve players?

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    1. It includes DUSTies. I'll have more to say about that at some point soon.

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    2. Yep, includes DUST bunnies, each of whom dramatically increases the load on the server (each DUST player requires more server time than each EVE player, btw - nature of the FPS beast), yet pay no subs. Smart move, CCP.

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    3. @Jester - No it doesn't. Maybe I should have put the detailed info on my blog instead of in the comments of a post over at The Ancient Gaming Noob. The numbers would be dramatically higher if it did.

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    4. Yep, Fozzie said the same thing this morning. Interesting, and very good news! Because I could have sworn I saw a dev-post about it that said otherwise. I'm gonna see if I can find the post in question and send it over to Fozzie. Maybe I just misinterpreted it.

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    5. Here's the dev-post in question:

      https://forums.eveonline.com/default.aspx?g=posts&m=1330650#post1330650

      I pointed Fozzie at it, so I'm confident I'll get a clarification or an outright nuking of said dev-post if it's inaccurate.

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    6. And here's the Twitter retraction of said dev-post:

      https://twitter.com/CCP_Nullarbor/status/309691840687390721

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  5. It's a shame they're marketing a product that's still very much in Beta, and quite frankly needs a fair amount of work.

    Alas, the vast, vast majority of console gamers are casual ones. Ones that will try DUST now, see its flaws, sigh, and go back to BF or CoD, never to return to New Eden.

    That's the problem with first impressions, you only get to make one.

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  6. And once again the players outdo CCP by a wide margin (In my opinion at least):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM9XVBRL6kk&feature=youtu.be

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