BB74 — Fanfest Nerdboner
The Most Important Reveal at Fanfest Was……So when this Blog Banter goes live Fanfest will be over. Hungover geeks from around the world will be departing Reykjavik after a five-day binge of important internet spaceships and partying. Whether you were there in person, watched the streams or read the dev blogs on your mobile hidden under your work desk there was probably something in there that gave you a “nerd-boner”. What for you personally was the most important thing to come out of Fanfest 2016?
CCP GhostCCP Ghost introduced himself to us through his fascination with the workings of the human brain, in particular his own. This fascination has led him on a curious career path, which you can learn more about through his presentation. He has been recruited by CCP to help keep new players onboard. In his own words, he studied the mechanics and community of EVE and realised, “Holy Shit!” This was an amazing opportunity which he decided he couldn’t turn away.
New Player RetentionThe main “revelation” about new player retention was that about 51% of new accounts never get past the first two hours. Player discussion of this factoid has led to explanations including:
- they just don’t like science fiction
- they are RMT characters used to transfer items of value without the logs showing anything
- they are existing players experimenting with multiboxing
- I’m not saying it was aliens, but it was aliens