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Issue 167, February 16, 2009
In the news
CCP announced last week that they have broken their record for the most players simultaneously online on EVE's single server, beating their previous record by more than three and a half thousand players.

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NCsoft announced that they would be restructuring their NC West subsidiary, affecting 70 to 90 employees.

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CCP recently said that they will not be continuing to support Linux users for EVE Online because of low demand for the game on that operating system.

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Featured Interview: Darkfall
Recently,'s Jon Wood had the opportunity to ask a few questions of Aventurine's Tasos Flambouras about their upcoming MMORPG, Darkfall Online. As of now, are there any systems or features that players have expected to see in the game that will not be ready for launch?

Tasos: The only feature we haven't had time to implement is the Mahirim 4 legged run. Mahirim characters can of course use mounts until this is implemented.

We have consolidated several skills and spells and taken out redundant ones but we'll continue to continuously add more throughout the lifecycle of the game. Running guards have been replaced by guard towers because they are more effective and also because more NPCs in the world just take up player spots. Repair works on ships, cannons, warhulks, structures, but not on player items and this was done to better facilitate the game economy and the appropriate adjustments were made to balance this out.

You can read the full interview here.
More interviews can be found on our site here
Dev Journal: Creating the Old Republic
Star Wars: The Old Republic Senior Content Producer Dallas Dickinson pens this dev journal which discusses the monumental task of constructing the the Star Wars universe in an MMO which he describes as "essentially building Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) 3 through KOTOR 10, and then shipping them all at once."

Check out the Star Wars: the Old Republic Dev Journal.

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This week's Game of the Week is Runscape.

Runescape is a free to play browser based MMO which was first released back in 2001. Since then this fantasy MMO has been making a name for itself and getting a significant amount of attention from mainstream media.

Runescape owes a portion of its success to to the fact that the game is easy to get into and to play, and provides a very favorable return for the amount of cash that is required to play, even while playing with a premium account.

Runescapre caught the attention of readers this week when Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard penned a letter to the community apologizing for past mistakes with the game while clearing up lingering misconceptions about the company and the game, and laying out a path to move forward with the game's development. In short, it's always refreshing to hear developers and CEOs acknowledge errors while working to rectify them.

Learn more about Runescape, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, February 9
Global Agenda - Top Three Questions about Global Agenda.... Answered!

Tuesday, February 10
Star Wars: The Old Republic - Creating the Old Republic

Wednesday, February 11
DC Universe - Hands-On Report

Thursday, February 12
Champions Online - Comic Con Overview

Friday, February 13
Anarchy Online - Legacy of Xan Interview
Did You Know?
Did you know that we launched a new theme for today?

A few weeks ago we launched the new layout for the site, including the new color scheme which featured more shades of gray than a Dwarven rainbow. If you weren't a fan of the light color scheme, or you just want to see something new, we invite you to click on the dark box at the top right of any page on and take a look at the new dark theme.
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