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Video game journalist infects hundreds of EVE nerds with insidious virus

A gaming convention turned into the banal opening scene of a zombie outbreak movie this week as a number of players who attended EVE Vegas 2017 suddenly came down with the symptoms of a cold virus after the event. The airborne virus was brought to the event by an anonymous video game journalist — let’s call him Drendan Brain — and is believed to have originated in the United Kingdom, where it’s been sweeping rapidly across the country this month.

We reached out to Drendan Brain for comment, but his phone always went to a busy tone and his emails keep getting returned to me. The cold may also have been brought to the event by 19 other attendees from the UK, the EVE: Valkyrie team from the UK, or literally anyone going through any airport, but that wouldn’t make a snazzy headline. However the outbreak started, hundreds of EVE Online players were potentially exposed and many are now crawling into bed with some chicken soup and a cup of hot lemon. Get well soon, space bros!

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EVE Evolved: What to expect from EVE Vegas 2017

CCP Games’ annual EVE Vegas event kicks off in less than a week on October 6th, and once again MassivelyOP will be on the ground to get the latest on the future of EVE Online, EVE: Valkyrie, Sparc, and more. This year’s event is shaping up to be the biggest one yet, having sold out weeks in advance despite moving to a larger venue in The Linq Hotel and Casino. EVE Vegas is the largest community event for players in North America and serves almost as a mini-Fanfest for those who may not be able to make it to Iceland.

While the event is mostly a social gathering and an excuse to get drunk, it will also give CCP an opportunity to get critical feedback ahead of EVE Online‘s Lifeblood expansion on October 24th. We’ll hear more about the upcoming Resource Wars dynamic PvE gameplay, get an update on the development roadmap for EVE, and see a variety of player talks and presentations. We’ve also been told to expect some cool surprises this year, and we may get an opportunity to follow up on the recent record-breaking heist and betrayal that happened in-game.

In this edition of EVE Evolved, I look at what we can expect from next week’s EVE Vegas 2017. If you have any questions you’d like me to ask players or developers, post them in the comments!

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EVE Vegas 2015: What to expect from EVE Vegas 2015

While the main event of the EVE Online community calendar is undoubtedly the annual EVE Fanfest in Iceland, smaller fan-run events have popped up around the world over the years to accommodate players who don’t fancy traveling to the arctic circle. Probably the biggest of these events is EVE Vegas, which is happening right now in the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The event has become so big that this year CCP has officially taken over and tuned it into a mini-Fanfest filled with new information, reveals, and talks from both developers and members of the EVE community. As MassivelyOP’s resident EVE expert, I’m on the ground at EVE Vegas this weekend to find out what the future holds for EVE Online.

Today’s schedule includes both an EVE Online keynote with Executive Producer Andie Nordgren and a Valkyrie keynote with Associate Producer John Nejady. The real meat and bones of the event kicks off tomorrow with presentations on CCP’s plans for capital ships and deployable structures in the upcoming Spring 2016 expansion. The event is also peppered with feedback-gathering roundtable events, talks from players from all walks of life, and more info on something called Project Discovery that aims to “bring real science research into the game experience.” CCP has told us that this event will present the company’s vision for the future of EVE and solid plans that will be delivered by Fanfest 2016, with a few potentially big reveals.

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