After a long and fruitful career with CCP and EVE Online, Kristoffer Toubourg is moving to Riot Games. EVE Online's lead designer is indeed jumping ship! The five-year stint spent with CCP in Iceland is ending for Toubourg as he makes his way to Riot in Dublin to work on the insanely popular League of Legends.
Eve Online has suffered through a sea of controversy in recent months over the introduction of micro transactions to the still fully subscription MMO, but through it all they have still maintained an otherwise loyal fan base. Never afraid to break new ground the folks over at CCP have announced that starting today, players can trade in PLEX to buy actual hardware upgrades, and the first item being offered is the NVidia GTX 560.
One of gaming's more recent gee-whiz-it's-probably-magic trends comes with a pretty thick string attached: your saves, your character, your mountain of collectable doodads for that precious achievement – all of them are imprisoned inside a server on a desert island or in space or something. You're playing a high-stakes game of rental roulette, and everything you've worked so hard to build could go poof in the blink of an eye. What trend am I referring to? Did you say, “cloud gaming”? Private Obvious, I'm sure your Captain is beaming with pride right now. However, while your answer's technically correct, I'm talking about MMOs.
It's interesting, too, because gamers have been largely a-okay with this aspect of MMOs for years – at least, so long as their game of choice hasn't met an untimely end. But should we be? After all, cloud gaming's certainly risky in that we don't physically own our games, but in MMOs, we don't own the experience.
What did you do yesterday? Go to work? Read a book? Breathe? Well, given the way unstoppable hacking force of nature Lulz Security spent its past 24 hours, we're guessing quite a few people are wishing it'd stop doing that last thing. After steamrolling everyone from Nintendo to Bethesda, Lulz Sec upped its game, punching gaping holes in four major gaming outlets – in a single day.
I have to admit I was a little hesitant about how much CCP would have to talk about the PC-side of EVE Online at my E3 appointment. Their big news at the show is the launch of their big PS3-exclusive shooter, which ties into the EVE Online universe, Dust 514.
After the recent magnitude 9 earthquake/tsunami tragedy that struck Japan, the country needs every bit of help it can get. Fortunately, the gaming industry's doing its best to chip in and aid the relief effort. Absolutely key, however, is this fact: you – right this very moment – can help.