EVE Online’s Project Discovery gets an update to combat abuse

    
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It’s been a while since EVE Online released its Project Discovery minigame that rewards players for participating in real-world scientific research into cell biology. The project organisers at the Human Protein Atlas have been taking player feedback on board and have released an update designed to combat abuse of the system. The update is a response to the discovery that players could advance in rank and farm rewards from the project by rapidly selecting responses even if they weren’t correct.

To reduce the exploitability of the mini-game, developers have increased the number of training images with known results that are displayed to users and will calculate the player’s accuracy rating on only these images. Players have pointed out that these changes may not be enough to prevent the system from being exploited, as the training images are usually very obvious and can be predicted from the sample’s ID. Developers promise that the sample ID will be hidden from users in a future update, and further changes may be made based on feedback.

Source: EVE Forum
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DPandaren
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DPandaren

I feel like they made a bad system to begin with if you can abuse it by hitting inputs that were wrong to still get the rewards from it. Wildstar at least can potentially harm the player if they mess up one of those minigames, or at least come out with a debuff.

Hanthos
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Hanthos

Imagine that, Eve players abusing something.
I think that the scientific experiment has been going on there since day one, many just may not be cognizant of what is being, ‘studied’…

Armsbend
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Armsbend

Loopstah They could not have expected a different result.  I am sure the science community administering the poll will just toss them all in the trash as they are useless.  It is just a promotion requiring little effort on their part.

Loopstah
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Loopstah

There is their first mistake – they offered rewards for participating. They should’ve kept it clean and reward-less, ensuring only those who truly want to help end up using it. As cheesy as it may sound, scientific progress should be the sole reward out of this.

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

Well Eve is a good testbed to rapidly uncover flaws in a system like this ;)

Styopa
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Styopa

“… have https://forums.eveonline.com/default.aspx?g=posts&t=474300 of the system. The update is a response to the discovery that players could advance in rank and farm rewards from the project http://massivelyop.com/2016/03/20/eve-evolved-why-you-should-participate-in-eves-project-discovery/ even if they weren’t correct”

This is why we can’t have nice things.  People are assholes, and Eve seems to attract a disproportionate share of the that variety.

Jossfan
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Jossfan

People are endless that surprised that when you give gamers a game, they will try to game it.

Zennie
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Zennie

True, I’m so happy that all the sociopaths are in EVE so that we normal citizens can vote for Trump and shoot people in schools.

Sleepery
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Sleepery

I often think the world will slide into chaos and destruction if Eve ever shuts down, and all the sociopaths suddenly find themselves with nothing to keep themselves distracted.

ApathyCurve
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ApathyCurve

Exploiters in EVE?  Sorry, I misplaced my shocked face.  Again.