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EVE Devs Dissect, Explain Massive Economic Exploit 139

In December we discussed news that a major exploit in EVE Online had just been widely discovered after being abused by a few players for up to four years, creating thousands of real-life dollars worth of unearned in-game currency. Representatives from CCP Games assured players that the matter would be investigated and dealt with; a familiar line in such situations for other multiplayer games, and often the final official word on the matter. Yesterday, CCP completed their investigation and posted an incredibly detailed account of how the exploit worked, what they did to fix it, how it affected the game's economy, and what happened to the players who abused it. Their report ranges from descriptions of the involved algorithms to graphs of the related economic markets to theatrically swooping through the game universe nuking the malfunctioning structures. It's quite comprehensible to non-EVE-players, and Massively has summarized the report nicely. It's an excellent example of transparency and openness in dealing with a situation most companies would be anxious to sweep under the rug.
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EVE Devs Dissect, Explain Massive Economic Exploit

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  • Re:Cool! (Score:5, Funny)

    by NightRain ( 144349 ) <ray@cyron.[ ]au ['id.' in gap]> on Wednesday February 11, 2009 @07:52AM (#26810627)

    Only problem is, the game has a complexity level that has me reeling.

    That's not "a problem". That's what makes the game worth playing :)

  • Re:Cool! (Score:5, Funny)

    by Cornflake917 ( 515940 ) on Wednesday February 11, 2009 @12:40PM (#26814231) Homepage

    Learn to ride this bike, and you can have a lot of fun.

    If Eve is a bike, then instead of having pedals and handlebars to control, it has complicated and unintuitive set of buttons that take a full day of tutorials to understand. Then once you get this bike, you have to ride the same trails over and over until you can get a better bike. Then once you get a better bike you ride a more challenging set of trails over and over, until the boredom is unbearable. Once you get a good enough bike to race against other bikes (or you just get sick of the trails), you find that all the veterans will always have better equipment, skills, and money then you. So only way to way to win at bike races is to get a bunch of friends, sit outside a gate, and beat the shit out of any unsuspecting bikers that come through, and then race them while they have broken legs.

"The pathology is to want control, not that you ever get it, because of course you never do." -- Gregory Bateson