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OK, fine, in more detail this time: CCP Games, the developer behind EVE Online, has struck a deal with Nvidia for players to use in-game currency -- PLEX -- to purchase GeForce 560 GTX graphics cards, which run almost $200 at retail. That's fake money for real items, folks. Nvidia and CCP will start by selling 100 graphics cards (limit one per EVE account) to test the demand. After CCP announced its Nvidia deal, the in-game price of PLEX jumped "significantly," CCP said.

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post #2 of 18
That's pretty cool. I have no idea about how the EVE econ system works, but if its possible to get a free GPU from spending LESS than $200 for subs, it sounds insanely cool.
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Thats the stupidest thing they could ever do, it will completely screw the in-game economy even more.

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Ha, have an account with a handful of plex. May be time to sell and look at buying that capital I wanted.
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post #5 of 18
Really important to note, this is a promotion (announced at the recent fanfest) and there are only 100 or so available.
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So any idea how much PLEX those cards are going to run? I have a feeling that they're going to price it so high that it will be unobtainable without some serious missions. Only the most crazy players will be able to accomplish it.

Still, a real GPU for the exchange of fake currency... That's crazy.
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This will just make scamming all that much sweeter.
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So any idea how much PLEX those cards are going to run? I have a feeling that they're going to price it so high that it will be unobtainable without some serious missions. Only the most crazy players will be able to accomplish it.
Still, a real GPU for the exchange of fake currency... That's crazy.

20 PLEX, but it'll be sold out in about 30 seconds.
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20 PLEX, but it'll be sold out in about 30 seconds.

I didn't realize that the price of PLEX was dependent on its market value in ISK. I'm sure this announcement sent the price of PLEX sky high.

Those that have some PLEX are in luck. They just became a life-time subscriber overnight.
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That's pretty cool. I have no idea about how the EVE econ system works, but if its possible to get a free GPU from spending LESS than $200 for subs, it sounds insanely cool.

Not a chance. By the time you have enough cash to be paying your membership using PLEX you've already spent over $200, let alone 20 PLEX.
     
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