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CCP Celebrates 10 Years of EVE Online by Reminding Us to Train Long Skills on Patch Day

Whoops, the new launcher than came out today had… issues.

Which I think makes it an official EVE Online feature!

It even got Winterblink to make a Warp Drive Active comic about it.

CCP took their old launcher, which just used to show some news and ads along with checking to see if you game was up to date, and downloading updates if you needed them, and moved the whole login/authentication process into it.

New EVE Launcher

New EVE Launcher

So when it had problems, people couldn’t log in.

And if you could log in, and you had multiple accounts, you might have noticed that using the tab to get to the password field changed which account you selected.  I also saw a message from somebody saying that the new launcher ate their UI settings.  And that it was made from asbestos.

I was able to get in myself, though I came along later.  And others who had problems found that you could still launch from the ExeFile.exe.

All in all, no big deal.  We’ll get a fix soon.  Just another day in Iceland.  It isn’t like they went after the boot.ini file again!

We are never going to let that one go.

But it is a change, and there is one thing I will miss.

I will miss the big splash screen that came up every time you launched the game.  I always felt that was part of the game.

Retribution - The Last Splash Screen

Retribution – The Last Splash Screen

I will also miss the little ads that CCP would pop up on the splash screen, ads that informed us about sales on PLEX, EON subscriptions, new features, DUST 514 beta, Burn Jita, the Alliance tournament, Skyward Sphere, and a bunch of other such things.  Even the old launcher was so announced.  And, of course, they made fun of Diablo III launch issues.

CCP pokes fun at Blizzard

CCP pokes fun at Blizzard

Last year I captured as many as I could and put them together in one picture.  The old launcher ad is in there.

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Click to enlarge… 3MB file

I have been capturing them again this year, with an eye to creating another such picture.  However, now we appear to be at an end of such ads.  So I suppose I should get to work on putting that together.

Looking at EVE Online Through a Year of Ads

Proof that I may take too many screen shots.

At some point more than a year back, I started taking screen shots of the ads that CCP puts up on the splash screen of EVE Online.  I thought I might do something with them at some point.  Today I went through the 3,000+ screen shots I have taken in EVE this year (it should be a long time before EVE Online Pictures runs out of material) and copied out all of the splash screen ads that I grabbed and put them into a single picture.

Here it is, 68 ads:

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Click to enlarge… 3MB file

I doubt this is anything like a comprehensive gallery of ads.  I think at one point I stopped taking screen shots of the PLEX related ads.  And there were a few with the loading alert up in front of them because I had logged myself in without stopping long enough to take a screen shot.

Still, even with my abbreviated list, there are a lot of things covered.  Selling PLEX and copies of EON are well represented, but so are events and expansions and new features and elections and so on.

Not the worst way to view EVE Online in 2012.