Customer dissatisfaction with Eve Online has reached such levels that thousands could cancel their subscriptions, potentially costing the company up to $1 million in losses. The company says it will make a statement after the weekend. In recent days, leaked documents have revealed that CCP Games, the company that runs Eve Online, is planning to charge customers real money for in-game items. CCP Games has confirmed that the documents are real. Many customers are worried that charging real money for in-game items will give players who have more money an unfair advantage over otherwise good players who simply can’t afford the items. They have also pointed out that subscribers already pay high fees for their accounts, and for merchandise. The backlash has snowballed into over 5,000 subscribers now pledging to cancel their subscriptions. Sentiments across the gaming community have been almost unanimously against the proposed changes. Eurogamer writes: “Players already shocked by the $70 cost of an avatar accessory were left reeling by the proposals to extend micro-transactions beyond vanity items – to ships and ammunition, for example – as well as the apparent intent to squeeze Eve players to fund CCP’s other projects.” Popular gaming site Joystiq, in an article called “The day that Eve Online died”, writes: “Microtransactions not affecting gameplay has become a core concept that has been accepted across the MMO industry as a safe option. When it became known that the company was discussing gameplay-affecting ships, ammo, and standings for cash in spite of a previous agreement not to implement those features, players did not react positively.” Grapevine contacted CCP Games for a statement, and were told that the company will respond to these concerns after the weekend. For the time being, Eve Online subscribers will have to wait to see what CCP has to say.
Former mayor Jón Gnarr appeared on Craig Ferguson’s The Late Late Show to discuss his new book Gnarr: How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World. In the interview Gnarr talked about the formation of the Best Party, his time in office and how the economic crash created the perfect storm, making room in people’s minds for a radical new approach to politics. Watch the video below for more, Gnarr’s interview begins at around the 24 minute mark. And if you just can’t get enough Gnarr check out the Grapevine’s in-depth profile of the mayor
The US Embassy in Iceland says they have received the written statement from protesters who oppose the Gaza attacks, and “have delivered this message back to appropriate colleagues in Washington”. As reported, protesters assembled in front of the US embassy yesterday, in opposition to US support for Israel while the attacks on Gaza continue. Vísir reports that some 2,000 people attended the protests, and delivered a written statement to embassy officials. The statement, addressed to US President Barack Obama, called upon US authorities to put an end to Israel’s use of force against Gaza. Today, the US embassy posted a
Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir met with the former Commissioner of the Capital Area Police four times during police investigations of her ministry, but denies she ever tried to exert influence. These acts may put her on shakey ground with members of her own party. In a statement posted on the ministry’s website, Hanna Birna has responded to a formal request from Parliamentary Ombudsman Tryggvi Gunnarsson regarding news that Hanna Birna had allegedly told then Commissioner of the Capital Area Police Stefán Eiríksson, both in person and over the phone, that she was unhappy with how investigations of
Minister of Housing and Social Affairs Eygló Harðardóttir said she is worried about second- and third-generation children of immigrants, saying that they are in danger of becoming isolated. RÚV reports that her ministry is also concerned about immigrants on the rental market. “We are very worried about the status of immigrants on the real estate market, as it relates to overall integration into Icelandic society,” she told reporters. “Language comprehension is also important, in order to ensure that the children of immigrants can finish primary school, continue to secondary school, and then decide to learn a trade or go to
Welfare Minister Eygló Harðardóttir has announced that, come next fall, the Ministry intends to propose legislation against racial discrimination. This was reported by RÚV. According to RÚV, ‘the notion of equal rights’ will thereby be ‘extended, making it also apply to race and people’s place of origin’. The Minister is quoted as saying that ‘what we have in mind, first and foremost, is for people to have a way through the state apparatus, to verify whether they have been discriminated against or not.’ The legislation will apply, it is reported, ‘both within and outside the job market’. ‘Of course discrimination
Disappointed with the delay of his flight from Spain, Icelander Davíð Aron Guðnason decided to take matters into his own hands by fixing the plane’s engine, reports Vísir. There were no flight mechanics available when the delay of Davíð’s plane from Spain to Iceland was announced. It was likely that all 180 passengers would have to spend the night at a hotel while the issue was dealt with. Incidentally, Davíð is a flight mechanic by trade and offered to help fix the plane so that it could leave. “I spoke to the pilot, who put me in touch their flight mechanic