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Issue 116, February 25, 2008
In the news
After much speculation on what Cryptic Studios have been working on since the Marvel MMO was officially canceled, they have officially announced that they are remaining in the super hero business with an MMO based on the pen an paper RPG Champions.

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CCP has published EVE's Quarterly Economic Newsletter by their resident economist, Dr. Eyjólfur Guðmundsson. The report details economic activities and trends for the fourth quarter of 2007.

Read more here.
On Tuesday night of the Game Developer's Conference, the team from Sony Online Entertainment announced that they would be providing money for a scholarship that will see one potential female developer awarded $10,000 toward their education at The Art Institutes.

Read more here.
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Featured Article: Jon's Panel

On Thursday, the fourth day of the 2008 Game Developer's Conference, I was given the opportunity to moderate a panel called "The Future of MMOs". Over the next few days, I plan to investigate each of the four questions thoroughly, giving my impressions of the responses and the ideas behind the original question.

The panel was made up of some of the biggest names in the MMO industry: Jack Emmert from Cryptic Studios, Matt Miller from NCsoft, Ray Muzyka of Bioware, Min Kim of Nexon and Rob Pardo of Blizzard. My job as the moderator was to run the conversation, and to ask questions of the panel that would not only reflect the topic, but that would also appeal to an audience full of game developers. At first glance, you might say that this isn't really that much of a departure from what I do every day; ask questions of game developers about what they're doing. The catch here is that I'm used to asking questions from the perspective of a fan, and for a player audience. It isn't quite so easy to come up with questions to ask developers for a developer audience. How do you decide what's important enough to spend time on when you are limited to one hour with a panel as strong as the one that sat on The Future of MMOs.

You can read the article here.
More GDC coverage can be found on our site here
On-Site: GDC Blog

While at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco last week the crew blogged about the sights, sounds, spectacles of the show.

Jon: Well, it's that time of year again. Back home, the snow is flying with more frequency and the wind is blowing just a little bit colder as winter winds herself down in some kind of tantrum a two year old would find embarrassing. Fortunately for me, that's something that my friends and family are going to have to worry about for the next week because I'm in California for the 2008 Game Developer's Conference.

Laura: In the north hall I got to meet Pierre-Yves from the Chronicles of Spellborn...after several dev chats and lots of emails, it was really cool to put a name to a face! I also visited the CCP booth (mostly EVE, but many WoD devs walking around) and Logitech. For any lefties who are wondering, there really AREN'T any left handed gaming mice.

Check out the GDC Blog here.

Visit our boards today!

Although Masthead Studios only announced the existence of Earthrise a few weeks ago, the game has been gaining a lot of notice. At the time that this newsletter goes out Earthrise sits on the number four position of the hype meter with a respectable 7.1, and thus the game has earned the title of Game of the week.

Featuring a unique skill-based advancement system and player-driven economy, as well as extensive, meaningful player-vs.-player combat, Earthrise gives you innumerable choices to forge your destiny. Whether you're a noble soldier in the raging conflict between the Utopia and the rebellion, a criminal hiding from the law or a world-renowned engineer whose power extends into intricate trade and politics, your actions will echo throughout the game world.

Learn more about Earthrise, here, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, February 18
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning: Career Overview: The Shadow Warrior

Tuesday, February 19
Cabal Online: GDC Vehicle Screenshots

Wednesday, February 20
GDC: EVE Social Environments

Thursday, February 21
Requiem: Bloodymare: GDC First Look Interview

Friday, February 22
GDC 2008: The Future of MMOs: The IP Question
Did You Know?
Our GDC Coverage has only just begun. Over the next week you can expect more videos, articles, and podcasts about all that was, at the Game Developers Conference 2008.
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