Here’s how to get ridiculously festive ship skins in Elite Dangerous tomorrow

    
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Have you ever wanted your Elite: Dangerous spaceship to look like a literal flying present? Then you’ll get your extremely specific wish granted by watching a livestream this coming Thursday, December 17th. Provided you’re okay with waking up early in the morning, anyway.

The festive skins on display are part of the game’s Twitch Drops, offering up unique holiday skins, purple paint jobs, and purple laser and engine contrail cosmetics for watching the stream up to 90 minutes. If that wasn’t inspiration enough to tune in, the livestream will also feature developer Garath Hughes to field player questions and further talk about combat in the upcoming Odyssey expansion.

The steam also promises there will be other things as well, as the broadcast will also mark Elite’s sixth anniversary. All in all, there seems to be a number of reasons for fans to tune in, but be forewarned that the broadcast will be at 7:00 a.m. EST (4 a.m. PST). If that’s not an issue, then feel free to tune in and get your snowflake spaceships.

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I don’t quite get how the purple ties into holiday stuff. Star Trek Online does it too, they’ve been offering purple “nano-pulse” melee weapons for the holiday event for ages. (Basically Star Trek lightsabers.) I assumed the purple was just a Cryptic thing, but here it is again. Clearly I’m missing something.

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Purple is the Twitch color. Twitch gives you free branded cosmetics to advertise Twitch in games for them. Not sure that is the case with STO, but it is very common these days.

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EmberStar

For STO it must just be a coincidence then. They’ve had the purple energy swords a few times now, but I don’t think that game even *has* Twitch integration or a Twitch Drops program. Not that I’ve ever heard of, anyway.

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Schmidt.Capela

Purple is the main color of Advent, with the first (Hope), second (Faith), and fourth (Love/Peace) candles being purple (only the third, Joy, is a different color, pink); many churches cover their altars in purple cloth during this time of the year. It’s also the color of royalty, and as such often used to represent Christ.

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EmberStar

Yeah, the way I’ve been dealing with a lot of Twitch Drops campaigns is

A) Set an alarm for the stream.
B) Start the stream with volume super low (but not muted because muted doesn’t count.)
C) Go back to sleep / doing dishes / whatever, and let the stream play quietly by itself.
D) Watch a summary later that somehow manages to put anything actually important into less than ten minutes.

But hey, free stuff, and I’m sure “number goes up!” makes some marketing person happy.

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Schmidt.Capela

The way I deal with them is, I look at the prizes; if there’s anything I absolutely want, and it can’t be obtained any other way (or would take an unreasonable amount of time to obtain outside the Twitch Drop), I stop playing the game for good.

This is not exclusive to Twitch, mind; I really dislike being pushed into using a product just to get a bonus for a game I play, to the point I’m less likely to use that product — and more likely to leave the game — than if the promotion never had happened in the first place.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I’m quite a lot with you there.