Posts Tagged ‘team fortress 2

21
Feb
12

And you thought the Monocle was bad!

Same outrageous price; different game. So, why does this pass uncommented, but something similarly exclusive incites a riot? It’s an intriguing question and one I can’t provide a certain answer to, but these points come to mind:

  • Team Fortress players are resigned to the prospect of microtransactions; Eve players were already wary and suspicious, even before the Noble Exchange shop was released.
  • The Wedding Ring is framed as a gift (to a loved on, no less), whereas the monocle is framed as a ‘I am rich and you are poor and Irish‘.
  • Valve has been stockpiling goodwill; CCP’s reserves were running exceptionally low at that point

It would be interesting to read other people’s opinions.

09
Apr
11

Plex vs Hats

Plex for Japan has just ended, with Eve players donating a total of $44,607.50 USD for aid to Japan.

Compare this to the Team Fortress 2 donation drive, which garnered a different amount:

$430543.65

Two things to note:

  1. TF2 donors were bribed with hats, which no doubt contributed to the large total – they weren’t donating so much as receiving valuable fashion items. With the release of Incarna, that’s something that CCP would do well to bear in mind.
  2. I thought Eve was full of people who were incredibly spaceship-rich. I guess they’re also spaceship-miserly too. TF2 players have to pay real money; Eve players just have to play a game they already like for longer. Eve players donated an average of $0.13 per account; that’s only about 2 million ISK; for most players, that takes five minutes to make.