Oct 20

CCP Lay-offs: Da Fuq

By Xeross Posted in EVE Online, News & Stuff

CCP fucked up and went into the wrong direction, Hilmar finally apologized publicly and said that they’ll starting fixing their shit. After this a stream of devblogs and other positive news came out of CCP’s direction and I started to regain faith in their doings.

However now they are firing 20% of their staff because of their continued fuck-ups. And during a stroke of brilliance someone decided that they should fire part of the community team (Which includes Fallout, Wrangler, Zymurgist and Pann).

Regardless of who is getting fired, this is a difficult time for both the people fired and the people that have to tell them the news. However it is just stupid that they are firing people that are doing a good job, and that were responsible for communicating with the playerbase. Not to forget that this is a PR failure as, logically, the community team is well known by, well, the community.

I regained hope, and felt like CCP finally got their shit together, but now I just realized they’ll never, and that they’ll continue to make shitty decisions.

To Fallout, Wrangler, Zymurgist, Pann, Maidensteel and everyone else that got laid off. I wish you the best of luck, may you find a new (And hopefully similarly/moor awesome) job.


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Jun 25

So what the hell happened here…

By Xeross Posted in EVE Online, News & Stuff

So just a reference post to give people an idea, and the GlassDoor reviews are interesting anyway in chronological order, more or less.

Accidentally an internal bulletin

My crappy yet possibly useful summary.

Then suddenly Hilmar

And now, will the devs criticize the management, don’t think so:

CCP does not take criticism well and often ignores retrospectives. Criticism is considered to be a negative attitude and is severely frowned upon. A lot of effort goes into maintaining a good morale with a lot of internal PR. After all it’s cheaper to print posters than pay an average salary to employees.

And does CCP care about us the players, nope:

Fun game play is not a priority, promises made to investors and aesthetics are. ‘If it looks good then it is good’ is an often heard motto. CCP is committed to use technology in EVE as well as WoD and DUST, so certain features are made and used in EVE knowing they will not be fun, nor fit EVE and no one expects them to be appreciated by the playerbase. Alienating the playerbase of EVE further. Objections from employees who point this out are waved away.

Have fun reading this and more on glassdoor.com

Hope this brings people up to par.


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Jun 25

lolwtfbbq (Due to a lack of better words)

By Xeross Posted in EVE Online, News & Stuff

Okay so today has been kind of eventful, Helicity has been banned by using the phrase “Die in a Fire”, which really just means “Fuck off” or “Fuck you”. Of course the person handling this “offence” has no knowledge of terms used on the internet at all, so #FreeHelicity.

Now there’s also been a devblog stating that the prices are as intended, and that they have internally been approved because frankly “People also buy expensive clothing in real life, so also in a virtual world” so virtual goods, not microtransactions.

Aka here have these $1000 virtual pants, why, because some people also pay that IRL. Yes real  logical thinking right there, will people buy this, well at least not until real Incarna and then people will still be like wtfno I’ll just keep my standard outfit.

Now CCP Pann posted a thread on the forum asking people for more time (This was before the above devblog), and he/she (I have no fucking clue here) summed up a few of the issues, except for, yes you guessed it, the issue of fearless. Anyway to sum it up, another threadnaught.

Pann had to leave due to a family emergency and had to abandon the thread because of this, I don’t care whether people think this is true or not, just take it as true and lynch some management guy if it turns out it isn’t hmk, thanks.

Also apparently the use of the Fearless internal bulletin is to discuss provoking and controversial subjects in the game dev community. Letting 2 people each take a standpoint as if they are on the other extremes of the spectrum. Whether this is an attempt of damage control or actually true I dunno but it does sound plausible.

This has mostly been a hack it together post with some of the recent happenings, figured I’d throw it out, might do a more thought out post if I find time and motivation (Writing good posts is hard work people, hence the forums are full of terrible posting).

Xeross, out.


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Jul 24

Blog Banter 19 (Sort of)

By Xeross Posted in Blog Banter, EVE Online

So let’s see the supposed question is

This months topic comes to us from @evepress, and he asks: The CSM: CCP’s Meta Game? – The CSM, an eve players voice to CCP.Right? In the grand scheme of things yes, the players bring up issues and the CSM presents them to CCP. But in its current iteration the CSM was supposed to be given small authority to assign CCP assets toprojects that the CSM thought needed work on. As it has not come outthis was not the case. So fellow bloggers, is the CSM worth it, has the CSM improved the game in any way, or is it just a well thought out scamby CCP to give us players a false sense of input in the game? What’s your take?

Now I myself always try to be grammatically correct something that this question obviously fails to do, it also lacks neutrality as also stated by Casiella Truza on Ecliptic Rift.

Now to answer the question, I’m positive about the CSM, CCP really tries their best and it seems that the CSM keeps improving.

CCP however perceived the last meeting as a great success where the CSM still thought the meeting didn’t go all that well as CCP claimed.

On the bright side, CCP has already stated they’re trying to figure out what went wrong.

I also suggest reading my post about the meeting minutes with some further opinions about the CSM and relayed activities from me.


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Oct 09

Permaband – HTFU (Harden The Fuck Up)

By Xeross Posted in EVE Online, News & Stuff

Hey Folks,

I just fninished watching one of the EVE Fanfest videos on youtube and at the end they had this awesome rap song they made. well I decided to put the videoclip and the mp3 file up for download.



First off – let me make a short introduction
I’m the space 5.0, keeping EVE from destruction
Guard is the name, Lead master of the game
Top dog in the gamemaster hall of fame

Im chillin at my desk with two girls and one pimp cup
Sippin champagne, reading mails checkin what’s up
Isk spamming scum bags disturbing the peace?
WOOP WOOP its the sound of space police!

Every day is a fight, there’s no room for bloopers
Bugs coming at us like in Starship troopers
We help when we can, every child, every man
Treat the boogie man to a permanent ban!

Chrous x2

We’re CCP! We march on fearlessly!
Excellent is what we strive to be!

If you’re going to follow us to the top


You best watch out bitch if you’re an exploiting scammer
Guard will gank you in the face with his big ban hammer
Remove all your Isk , throw your ass in the slammer
Make you share a cell with a manic ISK spammer

Like a never ending spam thread on racist biking
This song has something for everyone’s liking
Holy shit I see local spiking

…ladies and gents, its techno Viking!

Chorus x2

Ever flowing – never standing still
We roll with the punches, move in for the kill
The competition ends up six feet in the ground
With fists full of awesome we go round after round

United we stand never ever growing weary
We cannot fall cause gravity is just a theory
We reach higher than the giants in operations
Patience soon well be crip walking in stations

We’re more agile than a president dodging a shoe
We need three continents for our massive crew
From Atlanta to Shanghai to the Icelandic nation
Throw your hands up for World Domination!


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