After 13 years, EVE Online to Have a free-to-play Option

One cannot talk about online video games without having a lengthy discussion about EVE Online. A real life science fiction community, EVE takes gamers into a massive online universe. Players enter a role-playing game, form teams, and compete in several skirmishes with other players worldwide. It is published by CCP games and it is estimated to have around 15,000 to 30,000 online players at any given time.

Since its release, EVE has been a paid subscription. Gamers are billed every month for access to the universe and to purchase new gear. There are also virtual wars within the universe. CCP games announced that the most recent war caused around US $300,000 in damage. EVE gamers could only take part in a 14-day trial period before being asked to pay.

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Now, after 13 years, first-time users can join for free. It is hoped that this move will attract more players. The change will take effect in November but already, thousands of players are being encouraged by the move. Developers say that EVE has always been popular, but subscriptions have kept other people from joining. By having a free-to-play option, the game can see its community expand exponentially.

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Gamers would still have to pay to upgrade their ships or use certain skills. Developers, however, are being cautious about this new move. They still wish to maintain EVE’s high-play interactivity and current fan base. The key is striking the balance between attracting new players and keeping their loyal customers.

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Still Good Three Years Later: Breaking Bad Will Define Good Tv For Years

“Breaking Bad” on Netflix could be the elder statesman among shiny new productions with binge appeal on the platform. 2013, the year the show ended while at its peak, wasn’t yet the heyday of Netflix. Sure, the platform was around. But there was significant, albeit short, crucial time passing between tuning in to AMC weekly and knowing what anticipating another episode meant, and swallowing the series whole through Netflix.

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The waiting time in between episodes would unleash unprecedented TV geekery (and overthinking!) among a special audience. “Breaking Bad” had everyone Easter egg hunting even as there might have been nothing to hunt — some fans dote on the pattern of floor tiles in the far background of a shot of Walter White, for example. This level of obsession, while funny, hasn’t been paralleled for other shows, as far as the most loyal viewers of Vince Gilligan’s masterpiece are concerned. Symbolisms were up and about, and Walter White’s descent into badness would play out as the most impressive and evenly paced character metamorphosis on TV.

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There are fair criticisms tackling its entertainment factor, its slow suspense, its creeping tedium. If you haven’t popped an episode, there’s probably no chance you will like the ones sandwiched by the beginning and end, much less entice you to pick out the real Easter eggs. In this regard, a lengthy Netflix “Breaking Bad” session could be rewarding. Watching the episodes in succession reveals just how finely stitched that show was. There’s a lot to be said about Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul and the rest of the stellar cast, but the script and the series blueprint themselves helped out already awesome acting.

The best thing about it? “It actually ended,” according to the New York Times. Some good TV shows just go on and on until they are bad.

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