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.Issue 398, July 27, 2013
Top News of the Week:
CEO Bobby Kotick has led an investor buyout of Activision-Blizzard from Vivendi.

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A new FAQ on Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade is now available on the game's official website.

Read more here.
Cutthroat Politics, the latest update for Guild Wars 2, is now live.

Read more here.
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City of Steam: Review
We've been playing Mechanist Games' City of Steam for the past few weeks and have been sharing some thoughts in our Review in Progress articles. Both articles were preparation for today's official review. See what we think of City of Steam and then leave us your thoughts in the comments.

City of Steam grabs players aesthetically right from the start with one of the most beautiful original soundtracks in the MMO space today. Daniel Sadowski's work is simply magnificent and evokes a sense of steampunk. If you've heard any of his work, you understand what is meant by that statement. It's got a haunting and spectral quality that also prods players to action with a sense of urgency underlying the peaceful overtones.



You can read the full review here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
Player vs. Player: Selling Gear for Cash
Player vs Player is a new column at MMORPG.com to offer opposing viewpoints on hot topics in the MMO space. In today's column, we take a look at the idea of item mall gear being sold for real-world cash.

It all keeps coming back to design. If you make your game's content more accessible and less exclusive, then you won't ever really have the need to sell gear to let people play everything. As a new father myself with plenty of responsibility outside of Telara and other virtual worlds, I appreciate what Trion's trying to do. But tell me if you feel as good buying an item as you do earning the loot. If the developers can make the experience of obtaining gear less cumbersome and arduous, without cheapening the quest for epic loot, everyone wins. There's no easy solution to the problem of accessibility of content... but selling gear isn't the fix in my book.



Check out the column here.

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Game of the Week
Aion: Assault on Balaurea is a subscription MMORPG developed by NCsoft. Players step into a role of a character in a world divided between the brave and hardy Asmodians and the winged Elyos, sworn enemies in a celestial war. A third (NPC) race, the dragonlike Balaur, keep the other two races engaged in fighting when they're not fighting each other.

Adventure across the vast world of Atreia, through challenging solo and group dungeons, epic quests, and massive Legion raids, all to ultimately save your world from utter destruction!


Learn more about Aion here, or check out our game list here.
This Week
Monday, July 22
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn: Saying Goodbyte to Beta 3

Tuesday, July 23
Aion: 4.0 Breathes Life into Atreia

Wednesday, July 24
Cube World: It's Hip to Be Cube

Thursday, July 25
The List: Our EverQuest Next Wish List

Friday, July 26
Destiny: Delving Into Bungie's Vision
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