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MMORPG.com Newsletter
Issue 127, May 12, 2008
In the news
CCP has announced last week that voting for EVE's Council of Stellar Management has officially begun.

Read more here.
Funcom will be holding a special event full of PvP madness to celebrate the end of the Age of Conan Beta as the game prepares to launch.

Read more here.
The folks at Dark Age of Camelot have announced that they are looking into starting an Old Frontiers server.

Read more here.
Get more news on our site here!
Featured Article: Conan Q&A

Last week, we spoke to Funcom's Age of Conan Product Director Jorgen Tharaldsen about the company's decision to hold an Open Beta through the subscription-based website Fileplanet. Now that the Fileplanet Beta is underway, a number of player concerns have arisen about the game's performance and potential launch problems. This week, Tharaldsen speaks once more with MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood, answering a number of concerns that have been raised by our readers.

MMORPG.com:A number of players are complaining that they are experiencing poor performance despite meeting the recommended system specs. How do you respond to this?

Funcom:This is true for a minority of the players, but I feel pretty confident it's not because of their systems alone but because of stalls and memory leaks, or even simpler things like trying high settings on a low-end machine. I mean, with the graphics we have, no lowest spec machine can even be kicked to perform well on high. I have to point out that a number of players are reporting stellar performance on the very same approach (meeting recommended specs). We cannot knee jerk to forums posts though, we need to ensure that the data we get, and where we subsequently put our best coder brains, is based on logic and correct data. We have now gathered loads of data, and we have learned a lot. It will surely improve for launch.

You can read the full interview here.
More on Age of Conan can be found on our site here
On-Site: EverQuest Devchat

Please join us on Tuesday, May 13th at 7pm EST for another MMORPG.com dev chat!

Come meet Ryan "Rytan" Barker, the new lead designer for SOE's EverQuest, live in the MMORPG.com Chatroom! Starting at 7pm EST on 05/13/08, the EverQuest developers will answer your questions about the game, world, recent updates, future plans, and the team direction under new lead designer Rytan! Bring a question, bring a friend! After the chat, be sure to stick around for EverQuest and other MMORPG discussion.

Read more about the upcoming Devchat here.

Visit our boards today!

This week's Game of the Week is Nexon America's Maplestory.

Celebrating its third anniversary, this free-to-play game is slowly becoming more of a household name amongst the younger crowd and has even spawned a card game through nerd publishing giant Wizards of the Coast.

Congratulations to the folks at Nexon for a successful three years.

Learn more about Maple Story, here, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, May 5
Warhammer Online : Age of Reckoning - High Elf Swordmaster Class Overview

Tuesday, May 6
Stargate Worlds - Moving Beyond the Wall

Wednesday, May 7
Pirates of the Burning Sea - Life After the Server Merge

Thursday, May 8
Age of Conan - Developer Profile - Per Storl√łkkenn

Friday, May 9
Final Fantasy XI - Wings of the Goddess Whirlwind Tour Report
Did You Know?
Did you know that Funcom is holding a launch party in Oslo to celebrate the launch of Age of Conan, one of the year's most anticipated games. MMORPG.com will be there to bring you all the latest news from Norway, leading up to Age of Conan's Launch on May 20th.
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