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EVE Evolved: What's the deal with EVE's PLEX changes?

This week CCP Games announced that some big changes are on the way for PLEX in EVE Online. The PLEX or "30-day Pilot's License EXtension" is a virtual item that represents 30 days of subscription time and can be bought for cash and then sold to other players for in-game ISK. This simple mechanic has proven to be one of the most important innovations in the subscription MMO business model over the years, allowing players with lots of in-game wealth to effectively play for free while permitting cash-rich players to buy in-game currency without funding dodgy farming operations that can disrupt the game world. Dozens of games now support some kind of player-mediated currency roughly like PLEX.

The proposed changes are intended to simplify EVE's business model by merging PLEX with the microtransaction currency Aurum. Players will also be able to put their PLEX into invulnerable account-wide PLEX Vaults that are accessible at all times rather than having to move the valuable items manually by ship. There's been significant backlash from the EVE community over the newfound invulnerability of PLEX, plans to delete some microtransaction currency from the game without compensation, and the possibility that someone leaked the announcement to friends early in order to make a profit. So what's the deal with these PLEX changes, and why are some EVE players going nuts over them?

In this edition of EVE Evolved, I look at the upcoming changes to the safety of PLEX, the opportunities that more granular PLEX could have for EVE, and why players are up in arms over plans to delete Aurum from thousands of accounts.

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Chaos Theory: The Secret World predictions 2016 vs 2017

It's no secret that The Secret World had a rough year in 2016. I just really wish I could say differently. And it's especially sad because I had such hopes for my favorite game. Granted, I knew it wasn't going to miraculously get the funding and staff to give me all the story and things my heart so desired, but I did anticipate a bit more than what we actually got. When 2016 dawned, I pieced together our available clues to try and draw a map of where the year was going. A cartographer I apparently am not, and Google maps won't be hiring me anytime soon. Perhaps for this year I shall consult with the Magic Eight ball? Here's a look at the scorecard for my 2016 predictions, and a modest list of 2017 hopes, dreams, and predicted happenings. (We'll just have to wait to see how those ultimately pan out!).

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Lord of the Rings Online reprises its Yule Festival

Some Lord of the Rings Online players are doing a double-take at logging in today to see that the Yule Festival has returned once more.

This isn't a mistake but instead a planned reprise of the winter holiday event for those who didn't manage to finish up their quests or spend their tokens in time. The Yule Festival encore will run from today through February 23rd.

Other upcoming LOTRO events on the calendar are as follows:

  • Lootbox Drop rate increase (February 23-27)
  • Hobnanigans (March 2-6)
  • Buried Treasure Event (March 9-13)
  • Spring Festival (March 22-April 3)
  • Hobnanigans (April 6-10)

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Recapping the Asheron's Call sunsets

Just before Christmas, we learned the sad news that Turbine would not be transferring Asheron's Call and its revivified sequel to Standing Stone as part of its Daybreak deal. No, Turbine planned to sunset both games on January 31st along with their forums, which provoked outrage, attempts to save the games, and open distress from players and developers alike.

But now it's done, and no last-minute reprieve or sale has materialized.

While it's still fresh in our minds, I wanted to collect our streams, retrospectives, and community efforts all in one place. Enjoy.

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Turbine clarifies Asheron's Call sunset times

Turbine has clarified on the official forums the precise moment when Asheron's Call and its sister game, Asheron's Call 2, as well as the official forums will go dark.

"We've had a few questions about the forums and shutdown time, so I thought it best to make a fresh post," Turbine's Halistran told players today. "Asheron's Call will be shutting down at 12PM (Noon) Eastern Standard Time on January 31st. The forums will be shutting down on the same day and at the same time - January 31st at noon."

The company announced the twin sunsets just before Christmas last month following the revelation that Turbine had spun off Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online to a new and independent studio, Standing Stone Games, to be published by Daybreak.

Standing Stone, which is made up of apparently all the former Turbine employees, has refused to comment on the circumstances behind the fate of Asheron's Call and its sequel.

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One Shots: The Christmas when no one showed up

If an MMO throws a Christmas party and no one shows up, who gets the presents? Will that eggnog ever get drunk? Are the decorations quiet and beautiful or deathly quiet and sad?

Adri's screenshot from the classic Guild Wars made me think about how MMO holidays keep on trucking whether or not guests arrive to the party. For MMOs past their time, it's almost like the game itself is keeping vigil for its cherished memories.

"Merry Christmas," Adri said. "I visit this Guild Wars 1 Christmas tree every year. Just sitting next to it, listening to the in-game music, and thinking of times... just times."

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Here are all of the online gaming deals from Amazon's Digital Day sale

Wake up! Are you awake? Good, because you've got less than 24 hours to take advantage of Amazon's first ever "Digital Day" sales event. Until midnight today, a whole bunch of digital content (movies, ebooks, and yes, games) are on sale.

We've rounded up some of the best deals on online games for you so that you can spend those Amazon gift cards you just got for Christmas... which may have been Amazon's plan all along. Sinister!

Want even more deals? We've got a few more after the break!

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Massively OP's Best of 2016 Awards: Most Anticipated MMORPG for 2017 and Beyond

Massively Overpowered's end-of-the-year 2016 awards continue today with our award for Most Anticipated MMORPG for 2017 and Beyond, which was awarded to Star Citizen last year in an incredibly close vote. This year's was close too, but dang, a lot of the games are the same because they still aren't out.

Don't forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end!

The Massively OP staff pick for Most Anticipated MMORPG for 2017 and Beyond is...

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The Stream Team: Gallivanting around Guild Wars 2's Wintersday

Massively OP's MJ may not have done so well on Guild Wars 2's Halloween jumping puzzle, but surely she can do better on the Christmas one, right? After all, keeping your footing on candy has to be easier than on a psychotically shifting tower of evil! Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. as MJ dives headfirst into the Wintersday festivities of jumping puzzles and Toypocalypse.

What: Guild Wars 2
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

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Guardians of Ember puts the finishing touches on Act 3, says NA servers are still coming

While Guardians of Ember admits that it isn't pulling out a holiday event this year for its players, the team said that there is a good reason for this as it has been going full-barrel on getting Act 3 out of the door.

The next major update for the early access title will contain over 10 new zones, 20 additional dungeons, and a level cap increase to 40. North American servers are still on the way with no ETA, and all testers can grab a free 30-day reindeer pet in their mail to help gather up loot.

"Any old bunch of devs can knock up some Christmas skins and all that jazz, but we wanted to give you guys something special. And that extra special little something… is… Act 3! Instead of working on an Xmas event with decorations and snow and trees and all that stuff, we have been focusing on finishing Act 3 these last couple of days to show how much we appreciate all your support and patience in the last couple of months," the team reported.

The Demigod edition of the game is currently 15% off on Steam.

Source: Steam

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Gloria Victis brings out new character models

The "biggest update ever" for Gloria Victis has finally arrived, welcoming brand-new character models that should make the game look better than before. This is the 34th update since the game went into early access six months ago.

"Not only we have implemented new character models and reworked character creation system -- you also receive seven redesigned settlements, great expansion of the locations upgrading system and Christmas content!" the devs said last week.

As a Christmas present, all players have received a point to reset their attributes. There are also Christmas decorations and events in select game towns.

Source: Gloria Victis. Thanks Halldorr and BabaGra.PL!

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