I mention in Tuesday’s post about the Grand Heist update for EVE Online that CCP had launched a new login campaign that included an ISK reward for Omega accounts.
Universal basic income arrives in New Eden!
This got a lot of attention and the usual suspects were quick to call out anybody who seemed to be complaining about it, to the point that there were literally more threads started complaining about people complaining than there were actual complaints in /r/eve.
But there was a lot of “WTF?” in the air all the same. This was in part because CCP has spent the last couple of years turning down ISK faucets in the game and generally nerfing income, which makes them suddenly handing out ISK a bit… strange.
I mean, I think we all can agree that it was an abrupt change of direction without having to dig into the “why” aspect of the whole thing.
In addition, at least for me, the whole thing was kind of strange because I cannot recall any MMORPG that I have ever played that had a daily login reward that just straight up handed you the basic in-game currency.
I have been given cash shop cash, vouchers, gear, cosmetics, pets, mounts, toys, vendor trash, companions, and all sorts of other game related items. But the main in-game currency? Never.
CCP, which has been doing login rewards for a couple of years now, both in ongoing daily and special event related forms, has been pretty stringent on not even giving you something that could be sold in game for cash. They have over the years made so that most items they give out are consumed on redemption. You can’t trade that SKIN from the event, so you better redeem it on the right character! And the items that are not are generally of little value. I mean, I am sure somebody has found a way to make some ISK off of those 5 run Tech I blueprints that we keep getting handed, but I haven’t. I generally stick them in my cargo to add to the flavor of my loss mails.
So with this I wondered, for example, if WoW has ever just given me some gold? Has EverQuest or EverQuest II ever handed me some platinum coins for just logging in? I don’t think so.
The closest I can come is LOTRO and their daily hobbit presents, which sometimes hands you a pile of coins that you can bring to the vendor for in-game currency. And they still aren’t just handing you some actual currency, just something you can sell to an NPC.
But my horizons are pretty narrow these days. Among the many legitimate complaints you can make about this blog is the fact that I am still playing mostly the same games… and sometimes even the same content… that I was writing about nearly fifteen years back.
So maybe this is a thing that just hasn’t landed in the few titles I spend time with yet.
And thus I ask the question: Is this a thing in your MMORPG? Do you get handed in-game currency in the titles you play?
Somebody has to have seen this. Anyone? Anyone? Bhagpuss?
Inquiring minds want to know.
As for the “why” of things, CCP is a mystery wrapped in an enigma, and stashed away on a volcanic rock in the middle of the Atlantic. We can guess, but I’ve heard from former devs is that CCP is so isolated from the rest of the industry that they end up arriving at various points more due to accidental circumstance than by design, even in an industry where this often seems to be the norm.
So some will say it is because of the sagging player count or the shrinking economy or to cover for the fact that the company will be mostly on vacation for the next month or that Pearl Abyss made them do it. But it could as well be their form of the rainbow covenant, the sign to all of us that the economic starvation era is really coming to an end.
Anyway, we’ll see where things head.