We are under siege. Each day this week, and inevitably over the next one too, our inbox is assaulted by endless press releases about in-game Christmas events, seasonal well-wishing from free-to-play titles we've never heard of and news of flash sales on sinister-sounding virtual currencies. I don't know how we'll cope. Well, I do - we'll just ignore 99% of it. But one piece of festive gimmickery did manage to force itself past the steely defences of my intractably cynical brain. The below is EVE Online's batshit crazy tidings of the season, and it includes pervy troll-men, Santa being murdered with a ray-gun, live-action Eve and authentic Icelandic mythology.
This does tie in to actual in-game happenings, regardless of how out there it may initially seem. The Yule Lads are a genuine Icelandic myth, rest assured, and this is not the first time an EVE Chrimbo event has been themed around them.
"And be good." Hah! This is not the game for such things.
I'm definitely going to hide my sausage just in case the Yule Lads come to the UK this year.
Hide my sausage.
HIDE MY SAUSAGE.
For more practical, less trollman-based detail of what's going on in Eve over - ugh - "the holiday period", you should get yourself over here. Hurry, there are gifts, to be had. Gifts!