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CCP asks: Are EVE Online players good or evil?

by: Chad -
More On: EVE Online
We already know the answer to that question, don't we?  CCP Games is giving EVE Online players a chance to prove it.  Until October 6, players can donate their PLEX (in-game currency) to help victims of the massive flooding in Pakistan.  The last time CCP did this, they raised over $40,000 for those in Haiti.  

However, last week one player in EVE Online stole $45,000 worth of in-game currency.  Can the generosity of the players beat the greed of one individual?
EVE Online is letting players raise money for the Pakistan flood victims by accepting donations of PLEX, in-game currency that’s worth a month of game time, until Oct. 6th: http://www.eveonline.com/devblog.asp?a=blog&bid=794

CCP Games will convert contributions into cash and donate them to a relief organization assisting those affected by the monsoonal floods, which have already resulted in thousands of deaths and impacted millions.

In its first PLEX for GOOD campaign, EVE raised over $40K for Haiti earthquake victims.

This is quite the contrast to the big EVE news from last week about a player who stole $45,000 USD worth of in-game currency through a shady investment/theft scheme, and leads one to ponder the age-old question of ‘are humans essentially good or evil?’.

It also demonstrates that video games not only let people explore their basest instincts, but can also help players engage in more altruistic desires.