Daily Archives: August 22, 2012

Wednesday Morning Trends

Ubisoft Finds a New Rationalization for Free to Play

From The Register, Ubisoft says more than 90% of PC gamers pirate their game, so they might as well go down the free to play path.

Money quote from CEO Yves Guillemot:

“It’s around a 93 to 95 per cent piracy rate, so it ends up at about the same percentage as free-to-play”

I still find it hard to believe that 90% of gamers pirate their games, and people who spout such numbers rarely go into detail on how they arrived at them, so color me skeptical.

Riders of Rohan Delay

Casual Stroll to Mordor reports that the launch of the Lord of the Rings Online expansion Riders of Rohan will be moved back from September 5th to October 15th.  I expect conspiracy theorists everywhere to proclaim that this delay was to get out from under the weight of the Guild Wars 2 launch the way they declared the Mist of Panderia launch date to be a defensive move against the game.

Chalk another one up to the might of Guild Wars 2?

Your Virtual Currency Has Expired!

Massively Multiplayer Fallout brings up a topic from the RuneScape forums.  Apparently somebody discovered a statement in Jagex’s terms of service that indicates that RuneCoins, the RuneScape virtual currency, can expire.

Jagex responded, indicating that the terms were correct, but that they had never, to this point, had to expire any RuneCoins.  The actual shelf life of RuneCoins was left unstated.

Of course, this makes me wonder when companies like SOE, which seemed to be picking up bad habits from its free to play neighbors, or UbiSoft, which just seems to hate its customers pirates people in general, will jump on this potentially lucrative idea.

And then there is how local law applies.  In my own jurisdiction, companies cannot expire things like gift cards.  Where does virtual currency fit in that equation?

Bonus Trend: Windows 8

After watching this, I foresee another Windows Vista level PR fiasco looming.

If Microsoft needs to learn something from Apple, it is how to produce software that doesn’t make people angry.

Apple drops OS updates more often that Microsoft, charges for them, and people tend to be interested to indifferent.  Microsoft drops a huge OS update every few years and manages to make people run around screaming like their hair is on fire more often than not.

And don’t get me started on how much I loathe every corporate mandated Microsoft Office upgrade.  In my mind, MS Word was perfected with version 5.1a about 20 years ago.  Everything since has been… uh… Windows dressing?

[Credit to Derek Smart for finding that video, but his Twitter account is locked down so I can’t even link to the tweet.]

We Redeem Ourselves in US-TZ at 42XJ-N

And Dabigredboat was pretty happy about it.

The op was set to go and take out a Northern Coalition tower.

The end result went as planned.

NC tower at 42XJ-N

After the latest Goonswarm CEO Update, we had something to prove.  The combined AHAC fleets opposing us, the main backbone of which has been Zealot heavy assault cruisers, had been chopping up the Maelstroms and the Drake fleets during prime US timezone hours.  It was time for a change.

AHAC Fleet

A ruse de guerre sent the opposition elsewhere, allowing us to arrive at the target system 42XJ-N.  They jumped in and the fight was on.

Missiles vs. Lasers, Drakes vs. Zealots

I flew a scimitar for the fight, so no kills for me.  No time for sight seeing either.  A good thing we did well, as I pulled my usual stunt of buying a ship quickly off of a local contract and undocking without that whole “insurance” step.  It came home in one piece, minus drones as usual.

Early returns showed us losing around 30 Drakes and a handful of Scimitars from the main fleet.  A lot of that was offset by this Proteus we killed.  That kill ended enemy resistance aside from some bombers that made a too late run at us when we were leaving the system.  If somebody posts a real battle report, I’ll link it.  This should not be mistaken for anything of the kind.

Meanwhile, over Jabber, The Mittani sent his regards.

We have won a fight, won a tech, nuked a bunch of expensive shiny toys, and done it all with disposable tech one battlecruisers, As Is Our Way. Turns out that Drakes + Artycanes is hilarious fun!

Note: having damps in utility slots on Drakes is goddamned hilarious when the hostile fc is damped for literally the entire fight and unable to call targets.

Sounds like a doctrine change might be posted soon.

After that it was a tower shoot, which was followed by the raising of our own tower.

Afterwards, DBRB had us all get in the bubble, then he reset permissions and the password which sent us all flying back out again.  There was enough time for me to record that just for fun.

Nothing special, just another goofy EVE moment.  It is hard to see in the small resolution, so try watching it at YouTube.