For years, it was affectionately referred to as “spreadsheets in area.” Now, the joke has lastly grow to be a actuality, as hardcore massively multiplayer area recreation Eve On-line turns into the primary online game ever with an official add-in for Microsoft Excel.
Icelandic developer CCP introduced the discharge of the Excel add-in with a typical mixture of triumphalism and mild self-mockery. A video exhibits the intuitive course of for importing your Eve knowledge into Excel, and the removed from intuitive partitions of figures and graphs that outcome, below captions proclaiming now you can use Excel to “calculate your manufacturing earnings!” and “analyze your ability factors distribution!”
Eve is a famously cerebral recreation with a stark interface and an intimidating studying curve, though for devotees, it presents an limitless, persistent universe of fight, trade, and politicking. However the “spreadsheets in area” moniker has lengthy been greater than a dig on the recreation’s dryness. Many gamers already use home-made or third-party integrations to get their knowledge into Excel, with some claiming to spend extra time poring over spreadsheet evaluation of their area empires than truly enjoying the sport. So a slick, official Excel integration might be a significant quality-of-life enchancment for Eve On-line gamers.
CCP stated the add-in was developed in collaboration with the Excel group at Microsoft, “together with some in-house capsuleers” — in different phrases, Eve gamers. The info it will possibly entry contains the participant’s belongings, market orders, merchandise market costs, pockets transactions, abilities, and the funds of their company (learn: capitalist area guild).
“We’re excited to see how gamers of EVE On-line of all ability ranges can use Excel to streamline knowledge administration and take their in-game expertise to new heights,” stated Microsoft’s Catherine Pidgeon, head of product for Excel.
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