There has been some discussion of the summer slump that EVE Online has been in, with the peak concurrent user numbers taking a dive over the last month or so. There are several theories and lots of possible influences on that number, not the least of which is that it is summer and pandemic restrictions have been relaxed so some people just want to go on vacation after 15 months stuck at home.
EVE Online gets the focus here because they let people see their online numbers all the time and there is a site dedicated to tracking them. Other games are less forthcoming with these sorts of stats, which makes it look like it might just be a New Eden problem.
Looking at my own blog stats however, I see a similar trend when it comes to pages view when I bring up the week by week stats.
The current week is a little low due to the measurement being from Monday to Sunday, but you can see the trend down from May to July, which lines up pretty well with the weekly peak concurrent user number I have been tracking in my weekly World War Bee updates.
This is not to say that CCP doesn’t have other problems, but it feels like there is a bit of a slump in interest in video games after more than a year of people binging on them.
One Year Ago
The 2020 Steam Summer Sale finished up. I bought some things.
In TorilMUD, aging was abolished.
SSG was compensating people for outages in Lord of the Rings Online.
I was reflecting on Diablo II at its twenty year anniversary. We didn’t know for sure there would be a remaster at that point.
Blizzard was getting us more details about the Shadowlands beta and launch.
Blizzard was banning botters in classic while getting ready to open up the Ahn’Qiraj war effort event. As part of the anti-botting effort they were limiting the number of instances players could spawn in a day, but we were at least getting some extra bag slots.
CCP cancelled their San Diego player event as Covid did not look to be going away any time soon.
In game we saw the launch of the Zenith Quadrant, the first part which was a small update to command ships, and an official capsuleer cemetery at Molea. The June MER showed that mining was shifting to high sec after the resource changes.
But the bulk of my posts in July were about the opening of World War Bee, which I am just going to list out rather than try to create a paragraph narrative:
- Hangar Work as War Approaches – July 3
- Opening Moves in the War – July 5
- Day One of World War Bee – July 6
- Theaters of Operation – July 7
- Entosis Warfare – July 8
- The Imperium Loses the XZ-SKZ Infrastructure Hub – July 9
- Planning the Return to XZ-SKZ – July 9
- A Week of World War Bee – July 13
- 9CG6-H – Flash Point in Querious – July 14
- Imperium Setback in the Taurus Constellation – July 15
- Lurking in Catch – July 16
- POS Shoots are Still a Thing – July 18
- Two Weeks of World War Bee – July 20
- Losses in Fountain but a Win in Period Basis – July 21
- Legacy Sweeps into Eastern Querious – July 26
- Three Weeks of World War Bee – July 27
- Chasing Dreadnoughts with DBRB – July 29
Five Years Ago
I listed out the NBI Class of 2016. I haven’t gone to check how many survived the year.
There was strange news for Turbine as their parent company, Warner Brothers, announced that they were transitioning into a mobile app development studio. We wondered what that meant for Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online.
In World of Warcraft I managed to unlock flying in Draenor. Just in time too, as the 7.0 patch was already pre-loading. Soon the garrison gold mine would be turned off. And then it hit, bringing new features.
In EVE Online the Casino War was winding down. There was a Keepstar to chase, the alleged hellcamp, and some sovereignty exchanges in Pure Blind. That wasn’t really going anywhere though. We killed four titans in Okagaiken and blew up a CSAA just to show we were still fighting. But in the end we admitted defeat and began packing for our trek to greener pastures.
Our destination was Delve, ever the region that calls to Goons. But first we had to get through Rakapas. I was there for a bit before I ended up soloing my carrier down to our staging in Sakht, accruing the maximum about of jump fatigue possible.
Ten Years Ago
Google+ was already starting to become annoying. (At the end of that post I also link out to an article that predicts that social media in general, and Facebook specifically, will start to fade by 2014.)
I tried Civ World, the Facebook interpretation of the classic Civilization series of games. I didn’t like it.
In EVE Online, the results of the emergency CSM Incarna summit were released with CCP basically saying, “Ooops.”
I hit level 50 in LOTRO, got into Eregion, and actually saw the door into Moria. Only a couple of years had passed since I bought the expansion. Gaff was ahead of me, as usual. Meanwhile, Isengard was in beta, but nobody was supposed to talk about it.
Getting lost… rules.
EA, BioWare, and their new Origin service got together and combined my accounts without bothering to mention they were doing it in advance. Just another day at EA as I understand it. Customers come behind their own convenience. Still, I was interested in their authenticator and how it stacked up against others.
Speaking of authenticators, SOE made one available as well that looked just like the Blizzard model. But they cannot be swapped, one for the other. I got the official line from VASCO on that.
And on the EverQuest II front, they announced that they were going to revamp Freeport, which I took as a waste of time. (Plus, of course, Qeynos got shoved off until later.) I am still not convinced that either revamp was worth the effort of the time spent downloading the assets. But I am not sure Beastlords were either. They seemed pretty broken when they launched.
The pending closure of Star Wars Galaxies led to interest (and concerns) about SWG emulation.
Zynga helped reveal the two faces of Tobold.
Fifteen Years Ago
Twitter launched. This blog has been entirely part of the Twitter era.
Microsoft was talking about a device to challenge the iPod and denying they would ship an XBox 360 with an HD DVD drive. Being on the mark half the time is pretty good for them.
EA was trying to retain people by giving out more stock options and revising under water options while Take-Two Interactive was being investigated over stock grant shenanigans.
The ESA announced they were downsizing their yearly E3 conference.
The Civ IV – Warlords, the first expansion for the title, came out on Windows,
Twenty-Five Years Ago
The perhaps unfortunately named (and all the more so given the current scandal) CUC International purchased Blizzard Entertainment parent Davidson & Associates and Sierra Online, which became the heart of the new CUC Software. The company later became Cedant Software, Havas Interactive, and eventually Vivendi Games.
Most Viewed Posts in July
- Minecraft and the Search for a Warm Ocean
- CCP Takes Aim at Cloaky Campers in EVE Online
- California Explores Gaming Power Usage
- Robbing Some Space Banks
- CCP Releases the ESS Reserve Bank Keys and Hands Out ISK in EVE Online
- Alamo teechs u 2 play DURID!
- The Altar of Zul and Jintha’alor
- LOTRO Launches the Shadowfax and Treebeard Legendary Servers
- CCP is Just Going to Keep Selling Skill Points for Cash
- On Immersion
- The End of Scarcity Foreseen in EVE Online in Q4 2021
- The Fraternity Alliance Update and the Direction of the War
Search Terms of the Month
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[Google says “no”]
how to get to the scarlet desert eq
[I actually have a whole post about that]
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[The math doesn’t add up]
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[I have screenshots of an ice biome taken from a desert biome]
Game Time from ManicTime
I came into the month working pretty hard on WoW Classic, or at least alts there. Then the war started heating up a bit in New Eden and I tried a playing a few other titles.
- WoW Classic – 51.04%
- EVE Online – 24.36%
- RimWorld – 12.44%
- Flashing Lights – 4.64%
- MMO Tycoon 2 – 4.51%
- World of Warcraft – 1.06%
- New World – 0.95%
Lots of little things going on in New Eden, but the war itself wasn’t very exciting. PAPI decided to take the summer off at one point, then changes their minds and now are coming back for a final try to take our capitol. They’ve only had a Keepstar next door since November.
So yeah, I pre-ordered and have played a tiny bit in the beta. Things have changed a lot since I was in one of the early betas a couple of years back at this point. I am not sure I am happy with the direction the game took. But more on all of that at a later date.
Pokemon Go Fest was the big deal this month. My wife and I did a lot of that. But the climb from 40 to 50… that’s a lot of xp. To get from level 47 to level 48 you need 21 million xp, which is more than levels 1-40 combined. You need to be pretty hard core for that, and yet I met a level 50 player during the event. In talking to him, he just does everything I do, just a lot more often. For example, he has caught almost 400K Pokemon, while my total is about 18K.
Level: 41 (69% of the way to 42 in xp, 4 of 4 tasks complete)
Pokedex status: 654 (+8) caught, 677 (+2) seen
Mega Evolutions obtained: 11 of 13
Pokemon I want: Heracross would finish my Johto Pokedex
Current buddy: Noibat
With the coming of the Ideology update for the game, I bought it and gave it a try. I will no doubt have some words to write about what changed, but in general it is an easy game to sink back into even with the updates.
As I noted, I bought a few titles during the Steam Summer Sale. You can see I’ve played them a bit in the Game Time section this post. I plan to write something about each of them. But plans often fall by the wayside. I thought I would have a post up about at least one of them by this point, and yet here we are.
World of Warcraft
It was a bit more than the usual routine for retail WoW this month. I did the Darkmoon Faire quests, but then I spent some time with pet battles when they had the bonus event running. Still, over all, I didn’t spend much more than an hour with the game.
I went into July strong on Burning Crusade Classic. Or, at least the vanilla content as re-worked by the Burning Crusade updates. I leveled my rogue from 21 to 37 while working on crafting and some other things. And then the giant harassment scandal blew up at Blizz and, while my subscription hasn’t lapsed yet and our group is still playing a bit… we have paid for the privileged… we’re also discussing what we ought to do.
August means we will be getting some Q2 2021 financial reports. Activision Blizzard should be interesting because it ought to give some insight into what the end of the lockdown in many places has meant to video games.
When it comes to WoW specifically the 9.1 patch came out at the very end of Q2, so the impact of that and the flow of players from retail WoW into FFXIV won’t be reflected until Q3 results. And Q3… well, now that the state of California is after Activision Blizzard for creating and abetting a hostile workplace, I can only see things getting worse for the company. They’re just another Riot and all their words about diversity and inclusiveness were just BS. If you needed an actual example of virtue signalling… trying to ride on a popular wave that you don’t really care about… this might be it. The question time for the Q2 call should be lit.
Then there is EVE Online. August is traditionally a slow month for CCP as it is the nicest weather all year in Iceland, so they tend to emulate the French and go on vacation if possible. But World War Bee still… rages? I am not sure it has “raged” at all in the last six months. But PAPI has promised an all out assault on the Imperium capitol, so maybe the rage will return to space, rather than hanging out in r/eve.
And, of course, it is the start of Blaugust, the annual blogging celebration. It is not too late to join in. There will be more about that tomorrow.