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EVE Online Players Can Use In-Game Currency to Pay For Graphics Cards

Would you spend in-game currency for hardware?

  • Yes

    Votes: 13 50.0%
  • No

    Votes: 1 3.8%
  • Only if it's more efficient than real-life work

    Votes: 12 46.2%

  • Total voters
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Joystiq is reporting that CCP Games, the developer behind EVE Online, has struck a deal with NVIDIA for players to use in-game currency -- PLEX -- to purchase GeForce 560 GTX graphics cards, which run almost $200 at retail. That's fake money for real items, folks. NVIDIA and CCP will start by selling 100 graphics cards (limit one per EVE account) to test the demand. After CCP announced its NVIDIA deal, the in-game price of PLEX jumped "significantly," CCP said. PLEX (Pilot License Extension) is an in-game currency that can be used to pay for 30-day EVE subscriptions. PLEX can be purchased with ISK, EVE's main currency that can be earned throughout the game, meaning some dedicated players end up with a free subscription each month. Now they may end up with a "free" graphics card as well.

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#3
That's pretty awesome, actually.
 
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Now I just wish I had a few hundred extra hours of free time so I could go earn one of those...
 
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Now I just wish I had a few hundred extra hours of free time so I could go earn one of those...
lol 1$ an hour. And at that point its most certainly going to feel like work. Even the burger flippers at Mcdonalds would have this card in 30 hours or less.

but for those who already play the game and are sitting on a crap ton of in game creds, not bad.
 
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Lets see, it takes some people a full month to earn enough for a months subscription, valued at roughly $14. Safe to presume it will take a year of serious dedication to earn enough for a videocard?
 

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#7
The article doesn't really say if you could use PLEX as a portion of the cost, so it might not take too terribly long to get it for 10% off or something.
 
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Very cool.
 
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Nothing is free people. But still this is a nice incentive.
 
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#10
lol 1$ an hour. And at that point its most certainly going to feel like work. Even the burger flippers at Mcdonalds would have this card in 30 hours or less.

but for those who already play the game and are sitting on a crap ton of in game creds, not bad.
True... but if you had enough spare/gaming time in addition to your job and everything else you do, then this would be a decent little bonus unless you hated the game :)

Either way... I have neither the time nor the interest to actually do something like this. I hate MMOs.
 

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cooooooooool feature
 
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That is really nice
 
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#15
Im guessing your the kinda guy that spends what little free time he has playing games like farmville.
lol

Yeah, hating games that are designed as massively repetitive grind fests, which often require a $15/month subscription, and which are known to slaughter people's social lives in about 3 seconds definitely means that I play games like farmville.

:shadedshu

I'm guessing you're the kinda guy that failed second grade English class and doesn't know the difference between "your" and "you're".
 

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Keep it on topic and lose the personal attacks, folks.
 

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lol

Yeah, hating games that are designed as massively repetitive grind fests, which often require a $15/month subscription, and which are known to slaughter people's social lives in about 3 seconds definitely means that I play games like farmville.

:shadedshu

I'm guessing you're the kinda guy that failed second grade English class and doesn't know the difference between "your" and "you're".
#1 not all are repetitive 'grindfests'

#2 not all require a subscription to be played.

#3 unless you've played every MMO on the planet which I highly doubt. using WoW as a benchmark is so last year and not everyone who plays MMOs (such as myself) is a basement dweller or shuns social gatherings and daylight.

and to state it shows how much you really know and just how arrogant you are.
 
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EA games, please we need something like this for BF3
 
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From what little I know about EVE, I can imagine this is going to cause an increase in piracy :D

I love how people hate on MMOs for having subscriptions, then they spend triple, or more, the amount on Facebook games that they'll never own either. Paying $$ for a tiny non animated picture when with that same amount of money, MMO players get hours of game time and see all sorts of new things.

Been there, seen it, could never understand why some people would spend so much money on mere pictures. Sure you can play the games for free, but most are geared so that you can't do anything worthwhile unless you buy items. That is how F2P works.
 
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all you need now is a bot programm that plays for you 24/7
 

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#21
all you need now is a bot programm that plays for you 24/7
which will get your account banned as its against the EULA for 99% of MMOs out there.
 
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That's pretty dammed cool!
 

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#23
I've tried googling for the original announcement CCP and I couldn't find it. All I could find were various articles reporting this, so I'm not sure how legitimate this news is. It sounds like an April Fool, doesn't it? Admittedly though, these are reputable sites that have been reporting it.

It's supposed to have been announced at the CCP keynote, but I'll be damned if I can find it.
 
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lol what people have failed to mention is the system requirements for eve!

Minimum System Requirements:

OS: Windows® XP Service Pack 2 / Vista / 7
CPU: Intel Pentium® or AMD @ 1,5 Ghz or greater which supports SSE2
RAM: XP (SP2) – 1 GB / Vista – 1.5 GB
HD space: 20Gb Free Space
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Drivers: DirectX® 9.0c (included) and latest video drivers
DVD-ROM : 2 speed DVD reader or greater required.

*Note that older graphics cards such as the Nvidia 6000 series may work but is not officially supported

Recommended system configuration for running EVE Online:

OS: Windows® XP Service Pack 2 / Vista / 7
CPU: Intel Pentium® or AMD dual core @ 2 Ghz or greater which supports SSE2
RAM: 2 GB
HD space: 20Gb Free Space
Network: ADSL connection or faster
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DVD-ROM : 2 speed DVD reader or greater required.

It's kind of funny that the card they will sell you is so overkill for that game it's not even funny! If the deal had been for a lower amount, and for a lower range GPU, and they had more units to sell then this would be truly amazing.
 
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I bet people are going to try hard to find ways of exploiting like crazy because of this.