Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-settings.php on line 520

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-settings.php on line 535

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-settings.php on line 542

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-settings.php on line 578

Deprecated: Function set_magic_quotes_runtime() is deprecated in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-settings.php on line 18

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl(&$output) in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1199

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl(&$output) in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1199

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1199

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el(&$output) in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1199

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_PageDropdown::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1244

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl(&$output) in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1391

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl(&$output) in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1391

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1391

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el(&$output) in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1391

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_CategoryDropdown::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1442

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class wpdb in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 306

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WP_Object_Cache in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-includes/cache.php on line 431

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Comment::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl(&$output) in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-includes/comment-template.php on line 1266

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Comment::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl(&$output) in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-includes/comment-template.php on line 1266

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Comment::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-includes/comment-template.php on line 1266

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Comment::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el(&$output) in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-includes/comment-template.php on line 1266

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WP_Dependencies in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-includes/class.wp-dependencies.php on line 31

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WP_Http in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-includes/http.php on line 61

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class ngg_Tags in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/lib/nggallery.lib.php on line 485

Warning: session_start(): Cannot send session cookie - headers already sent by (output started at /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-settings.php:520) in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-automatic-upgrade/wordpress-automatic-upgrade.php on line 119

Warning: session_start(): Cannot send session cache limiter - headers already sent (output started at /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-settings.php:520) in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-automatic-upgrade/wordpress-automatic-upgrade.php on line 119

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class ftp_base in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-automatic-upgrade/lib/ftp_class.php on line 56

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class ftp in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-automatic-upgrade/lib/ftp_class_sockets.php on line 8
Regruntled.com » 2009 » October » 20

Evony

Posted by Dan on Oct 20th, 2009
2009
Oct 20

Strict Standards: Non-static method nggallery::get_option() should not be called statically in /home/danneau/regruntled.com/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/nggfunctions.php on line 10

Town

I’ve been playing Evony, a massively multiplayer online real-time strategy game, much in the spirit of Age of Empires and Civilization.  Late middle ages, pikes and bows against knights.  Catapults and trebuchets.  Massively as in 100 planets with 100,000 players each.

In other online games, such as World of Warcraft, a black market arose where people in low-wage countries played the game, accumulated resources, and sold the resources to other players on eBay.  Evony co-opts the black market by making it part of the game.  You can buy game resources directly from Evony with real money using a credit card.

This raises some interesting strategic questions (it’s a strategy game, after all).  The game is “free” in that you can play without spending real money.  It’s also clear that spending real money gives a player a significant advantage.  Would I pay $30 to win the game?  Yes, of course!  Would I pay $30 to lose to someone who spent $60?  Not so much.  And of course I have no idea how many people are paying for advantages because presumably they wouldn’t advertise the fact.

Some reviews: