Local to be Removed for Odyssey Expansion

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If only it was true. :(
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everyone get your tear buckets, a floods a commin'!
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This is an outrage. I am outraged at this outrageous outrage.
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FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP 1st of april :D
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golf clap
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Awesome :p
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rabble rabble rabble
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April 1 much?
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i see what you did there ^_^
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Nice try, but too obvious. And nice "hidden" link.
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Sounds like April Fools to me!
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wow, you so cleeverr...
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That might really suck. I really hate scanning things down at the moment.. It's time consuming and boring. Looks like it could be the cowards way for me, we'll wait and see how the scanning mechanics change.
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April fool's anyone?
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If only...
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I would actually love the abolishment of local...just sayin'
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u and me both
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HEY GUYS I THINK THIS IS AN APRIL FOOL GUYS
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with only reading the topic it is clear that this was a mediocre attempt at an April fools days joke
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1april joke nive one
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I'm with you, I saw the headline and became very happy - didn't last long.
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April Fools
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You should have disabled comments for this. The shit storm would have been lovely.
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Too bad it's an April Fool's joke. Remove the member list counter as well as the list itself, and only let the member appear in the list when they speak. It'll make the game that much more exciting. People dock up when they see it spike, that's no fun.
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Good News everyone! CCP has grown some balls again, this change is a good one. I hope they are able to ignore the carebeartears on this one.
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Its april fools man, this shit aint real.
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damn, 1st april. i hate you ccp. i hate you for this.
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obvious april fools is obvious
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if u fags dont like local there are around 2k w-space systems, gtfo of k-space
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to god to be true...
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Noooo its can't be
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gg n1 m8m8m8
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april fools
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me too...
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Goddammit. The bit about the DSCANNER really gives it away.One can always hope.
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I hate that day. First you have to sift through the bullshit missing genuine info, then the bullshit starts spreading all over the internet and you see it for years.Stupid day.
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Plot Twist: Not april fools joke :P (yeah, i wish...)
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lol, I actually hate the goons, but this is quite good, well written and funny, with the hidden link at the endwell done goons (did i just say that?) need a strong drink now !
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\o/ looks like my years of lobbying has paid off (april fools)
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*loooks at date*Yeah, right...
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goon site - checkunbelievable good news- check= scam
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Look at the author
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just canceled my 35 accounts
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To bad its April first....I'd love local going away.
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Getting rid of local is literally the worst idea ever. Have they no knowledge of the consequences? Obviously, "safe" null and low-sec PVE (therefore with expensive ships making it profitable) is now impossible. But that pales in comparison to the problems facing PVP fleets. Now, large fleets can hide like needles in haystacks. While this might be good in some respects, it will making tracking down small gangs literally impossible.
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I would love this! Too bad it's just a joke.
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I was sooooo excited about this until I got to the comments section and discovered it was April 1st...
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Were this even *remotely* true, "“Point out to me a person who has been harmed by an AFK cloaker and I will point out a person who has no business playing this game.” - CCP Soundwave"" would see CCP Soundwave 100% fired.
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I'd forgotten it was the 1st of April and was nodding along in agreement, then I saw the first comment :(
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actually, i would love it if you only show up in local if you write something.
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Oh... April fools.I was thinking, this might be difficult, but I can deal- I mean I live in holes already, so it wouldn't affect me, but with a d scanner, and a flight of light drones, the only real threat to ratters would be a stealth bomber gang.It'd lead to the slaughter of nullbears though which could be fun.
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April 1st: Bad Time to be on the Internet
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Would be good if rewards are upped.if this was to be true then not a single sould would fly his vindicator / multi billion ship out of the station.It would be hunted before you could even make a little profit with ratting.Still i would vote for it tough :)Damn April fools
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:( got me happy and excited for a second
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I would love it, but there is this date thing...
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its a good idea for pvp people who dont want you to know they are there, but its an extremely impractical thing to do to the game.. maybe just remove from certain areas... like nullsec.. but you cant do that to highsec and lowsec.. local chat is used too much by too many people to get rid of it just to make a small percentage of pvp players happy. APRIL FOOLS!
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I love the current scanning mechanics. Because it's something you actually need SKILL for, not SP. It makes it unique, and as a person who is good at it, I like it, because not everyone is good at it. I think that's the way it should remain. If they take the skill out of it, then everyone can do it and it's not special anymore. And then my ability to scan super fast becomes meaningless.
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Only one April Fools joke per website please. Thanks
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Even Greyscale isn't that stupid. Obvious April Fools.
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why the hell not remove local and be done with it. it would make the game that much more exciting.
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I think it would be more funny if it actually happen and it wasn't a joke =)
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Can someone say April fool's?
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Well.... im going to unsub now. Fucking carebears ruined everything.
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Well, pandas in Warcraft started as an April Fool's joke that got a huge positive response from the players.So I guess this is the first time that I've wished for EVE to follow Wows lead.
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I love how only the people smart enough to realize this is a joke are also the people who wish it was implemented. Meanwhile the only people who hate it are dumb people.
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I demand a response from Unifex! Such an awesome response to this troll - clearly something needs to be done!
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Agreed. An April Fools joke that absolutely SHOULD be implemented immediately.
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But.. But... What will the botters do? :-P
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Did anyone actually click on the last question-mark?
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I new it was a joke when I clicked the link, but I was STILL holding a small amount hope it was real.
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Jokes on you if you think it's a joke :inception:
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You're just plexing them. CCP isn't losing anything.
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as with all news today be very careful what you believe
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Bah. Local is used for spamming and thrash-talking these days.
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If this wasn't an April's Fool article I would be dancing in joy right now.
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but, but they can't hotdrop in w-space. They want to have their cake and eat it too. When I start clearing 500mill for one site in null you may then think to attempt screwing with local. Otherwise risk>>>>>reward, leaving no point.
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best april fools ever...if only CCP had thought it up themselves :D
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But faction warfare is also filled with cowards. Ever heard of the WCS-fitted plex frigates?
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"... that 'unknown' feeling players like..."I also like kissing people without knowing what they look like, buying cars and things without knowing what it is I'm buying, and peeing at random times without knowing if I'm near and pointing in the direction of a toilet bowl.
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No local until you speak......everywhere......damn that would be so nice :)

LOCAL TO BE REMOVED FOR ODYSSEY EXPANSION

I managed to talk to Jon “CCP Unifex” Lander and Kristoffer “CCP Soundwave” Touborg about the meaning behind 'shaking up the players,' and was surprised when they replied with the following:

“During PAX East I talked about players joining EVE Online for the sense of wonder and unknown, a sense of when they undock they don't know what they are going to encounter. EVE has grown dramatically over the years, and some game mechanics are outdated and actually cause the opposite of that 'unknown' feeling players like.

Simply put, we will be removing the local chat channel. In the early years of the game, local was necessary so that players would have a way to actually interact with each other. But the game has evolved and the purpose of local is almost exclusively used for no-effort intelligence gathering. There are so many other methods for players to connect and communicate with each other ranging from VOIP programs to forums. Removing local seemed to be the most logical choice.” - CCP Unifex

How do you think this will affect the players who rely on local for their day to day activities?

“Well it will be a shock to everyone for sure, but EVE players have demonstrated a strong ability to adapt. Granted there will be those players who can't function without local channel and may choose to leave the game. EVE Online is a game for hardcore players, which I touched on at PAX East, and we want to keep it that way. If some players leave, they are most likely better off playing one of those other MMOs where being a coward is more accepted.” - CCP Unifex

When was it decided removing local was a goal?

“The need to removal local has become more and more apparent over the last few years. It is a direct cause for the stagnation we are currently seeing in null security space and the low activity in low security space. You can't make any real strategic movements anywhere without it being reported over five different intel channels, everyone going to red alert, and getting completely safe before you even leave your home system.” - CCP Soundwave

Are you worried this will nerf the psychological warfare involved with AFK cloakers?

“Point out to me a person who has been harmed by an AFK cloaker and I will point out a person who has no business playing this game.” - CCP Soundwave

Ouch. Fair enough. So will the removal of local be for null space or empire space as well?

“All space.” - CCP Soundwave

Are you worried that the removal of local will make all space too similar to what players find in wormhole space?

“Not at all. Unknown space, or wormhole space, has many unique features such as system wide effects , no cynos and the wormholes themselves. Players having to make strategic decisions based on what can actually go into the wormhole and the danger of it collapsing.” - CCP Soundwave

What about a revamp on the directional scanner to be more intuitive and such for players who actively gather intelligence?

“Currently the directional scanner is slated for a revamp for early next year, but we are confident players will adapt just fine until then. We might have something on the test server at the end of this year for players to test and give feedback.” - CCP Unifex

I tried to get more information on POSes and interface changes, but they were reluctant to reveal anything more. I suppose we'll have to wait until Fanfest to get all the juicy details. Looks like Odyseey is going to be one hell of a game changer. A game changer we desperately need and - at least for me - one I welcome with open arms.

So the question is: Will you be able to adapt and thrive, or will you leave the game like a coward?

I have been exploding internet spaceships since 2005. While I do love me a good large scale fight, I thoroughly enjoy small scale PvP as well.