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Government in Games with Dr. Richard Bartle

General -  General

While attending the 2008 Indie MMO Game Developers Conference, Community Manager Laura Genender had the opportunity to hear Dr. Richard Bartle speak on the relationship between online games and governments; exploring both real life situations and hypothetical outcomes that may be on the horizon.Posted Apr 7, 2008 by Laura Genender

Hellbound’s Steel Citadel

Lineage 2 -  Developer Journal

NCsoft recently prepared this non-exclusive dev journal which provides an overview of the Steel Citadel in Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne – The Kamael: Hellbound. Inside the dangerous Steel Citadel, players will need to take advantage of the new level 85 level cap to battle against the epic boss Beleth. Posted Apr 7, 2008

The Newbie Experience

General -  General

While attending the 2008 Indie MMO Developer's Conference in Minneapolis, Community Manager Laura Genender sat in on a panel discussing the importance of the newbie experience. In this report, she brings the thoughts of the panelists and those of her own to the table as she discusses this important element of game design.Posted Apr 4, 2008 by Laura Genender

The Sound of Shorath Mesa

The Chronicles of Spellborn -  Developer Journal

The Chronicles of Spellborn developer Matthew Florianz has penned this new developers journal on The Sound of Shorath Mesa, giving us a look at the way that ambient sound is offered in TCoS.Posted Apr 4, 2008

Exclusive Screenshots

Zu Online -  Interview

The folks over at IGG have been kind enough to send us three exclusive screenshots for their upcoming MMORPG, ZU Online.Posted Apr 4, 2008

Mekhi Mechanaught, Territory Control and Weapons

General -  Developer Journal

The folks from NCsoft have sent along this developer paper on the Mekhi Mechanagught, Weapon Highlights and Capture the Flag. While the robot battle game doesn't meet our criteria for listing, it certainly shares a number of traits with MMORPGs, including a persistent character.Posted Apr 3, 2008

Crafting the Content of Forochel

Lord of the Rings Online -  Developer Journal

The official Lord of the Rings Online website has a new developer journal concerning some of the elements of the upcoming Book 13, including solo info and info on the new area known as Forochel.Posted Apr 3, 2008

In-Game Advertising

City of Heroes -  General

Today, NCsoft announced that they had teamed up with a company called Double Fusion to bring in-game advertising to City of Heroes / City of Villains. For now, the advertising is limited to the billboards that already exist in-game (and carry fake ads). NCsoft is very quick to point out, however, that the new ads are optional although profits from the ads will go directly into game development and upkeep.Posted Apr 3, 2008

Exclusive Screenshot

Jumpgate Evolution -  Media

This week, the folks from NetDevil have provided us with a new exclusive screenshot. This one features a Quantar Fighter in Quantar Core just outside of an asteroid belt.Posted Apr 3, 2008

The Great EULA Debate

General -  General

While attending the 2008 Indie MMO Developer's Conference in Minneapolis, Community Manager Laura Genender sat in on a round table discussion about the ever-popular End User License Agreement (EULA). Posted Apr 2, 2008 by Laura Genender

Capital Cities

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning -  General

In our continuing coverage of EA Mythic's Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood pens this article on the capital cities in the game. Posted Apr 2, 2008 by Jon Wood

New Quarterstone Screenshots

The Chronicles of Spellborn -  Media

The team over at The Chronicles of Spellborn has provided us with eleven new screenshots featuring the area known as Quarterstone.Posted Apr 2, 2008

MMOXPGs

General -  General

Last weekend, MMORPG.com's Laura Genender attended the 2008 Indie MMO Developer's Conference. While there, she attended a round table discussion on the impact of players not spending time gaining “experience points” at the expense of experiencing the content Posted Apr 1, 2008 by Laura Genender

Podcast Interview Synopsis

Stargate Worlds -  Interview

Yesterday, MMORPG.com published a new podcast interview with the guys from Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment who talked about their upcoming MMORPG, Stargate Worlds. Today, for those of you who would rather read than listen, we present this synopsis of the interview. Posted Apr 1, 2008 by Jon Wood

Newsletter, Issue 121

General -  Newsletter

In issue 121 of the MMORPG.com Newsletter we look at the week's top stories, our Game of the Week: Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, and much more!Posted Mar 31, 2008 by Keith Cross

How You Look - Trophy System and More

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning -  Interview

While in Virginia, Jon Wood had the opportunity to see a presentation by Item Designer Justin Webb where he told us a little bit about the game's trophy system and some other customization tidbits. Posted Mar 31, 2008 by Jon Wood

Exclusive Screenshots

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning -  Media

As a part of our recent coverage of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, the folks at EA Mythic have provided us with these two exclusive screenshots from the upcoming MMORPG. Posted Mar 31, 2008

Ask Cryptic

Champions Online -  General

On Friday, Cryptic Studios posted another edition of Ask Cryptic, where they answered fan questions about instances, custom powers, and various other Champions Online topics. Today we're pleased to reproduce those questions and answers here.Posted Mar 31, 2008

Beta and Beyond - Where the Game is Now

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning -  Progress Report

On a recent trip to the EA Mythic studios in Fairfax, VA. MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood spoke with Paul Barnett and Josh Drescher about the state of the game since our last report, beta and building a living world. Posted Mar 28, 2008 by Jon Wood

Exclusive Screenshots, Week Four

Earthrise: First Impact -  Media

Today, we publish the fourth installment of an exclusive screenshots series with the folks from the upcoming post-apocalyptic MMORPG, Earthrise. Posted Mar 28, 2008