May 6th has rolled around again and our favorite internet spaceship games turns another year older. It has been 14 years since the game launched back in 2003 and a lot has changed along the way. The game itself has changed and looks much different today, as old screen shots show. (Image below from this gallery of 2004 screen shots.)
And the world outside of the game has changed dramatically as well. Back in 2003 EverQuest was the top MMORPG with 550,000 subscribers, while the following things didn’t really exits yet:
- World of Warcraft
- Second Life
- Orkut (Google’s first run at a social media site)
- MySpace (didn’t show up until August 2003)
- Imgur (where those screen shots are hosted)
- Smart phones
- This blog
- Tobold’s blog
- WordPress.com, where this blog is hosted
What was even happening back then? We were apparently hanging out on Friendster and GeoCities and maybe had heard about LinkedIn, which launched the day before EVE Online.
Also, I had a 2 year old child and was facing the prospect of turning 40 soon. Now I’m past 50 and the child wants to learn to drive. Oy!
Anyway, in the grand tradition of the game, CCP has a little something for capsuleers who play the game. The full details are posted, but this is what you get on each account:
- 1x Capsule YC119 Capsuleer Day SKIN
- 1x Festival Launcher
- 200x Barium Firework
- 200x Copper Firework
- 200x Sodium Firework
I am glad they keep giving us new festival launchers. Every time we have a fleet doctrine with an empty high slot I slap one on there and inevitably lose the ship and the launcher with it.
The SKIN is nifty. You don’t see capsules running around in my part of space… not for very long anyway. But if you are without a ship you can go around with a sharp looking red and white paint scheme.
You have until May 23rd to log in and redeem your gifts. And even Alpha clone accounts get them. I checked and redeemed them on my own Alpha account. Another year down and a decade and a half of the game is just around the corner, a mere 364 days away.