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MMORPG.com Newsletter
Issue 172, March 23, 2009
In the news
Reports surfaced last week that Gazillion Entertainment has signed a deal with comic book juggernaut Marvel Comics to create online games based in Marvel universe.

Read more here.
Turbine launched Volume II: Book 7: Leaves of Lorien for Lord of the Rings Online, the game's first free content update since the launch of Mines of Moria at the end of last year.

Read more here.
Frogster has announced that their free to play fantasy MMORPG Runes of Magic has now officially launched.

Read more here.
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Featured Article: DC Universe Preview
Former MMORPG.com Editor Dana Massey returned briefly to pen this hands on preview report from his recent trip to SOE Austin where they are making DC Universe.

Most games seem to be developed in chronological order. First, they do a starting area, then character creation, then world creation and quests. Perhaps I've oversimplified, but simply put many are developed in the same order the end-user experienced it. It's no coincidence that every game seems to have to redo the new user experience just after launch.

SOE appears to have thrown that concept out the window. In its current state, DC Universe completely lacks many of the elements that will eventually make it a game. For example, most of their plans for character creation - a hallmark of superhero MMOs - were not in the version I tried. I just picked a guy who looked cool and went with it.

Most games seem to be developed in chronological order. First, they do a starting area, then character creation, then world creation and quests. Perhaps I've oversimplified, but simply put many are developed in the same order the end-user experienced it. It's no coincidence that every game seems to have to redo the new user experience just after launch.

SOE appears to have thrown that concept out the window. In its current state, DC Universe completely lacks many of the elements that will eventually make it a game. For example, most of their plans for character creation - a hallmark of superhero MMOs - were not in the version I tried. I just picked a guy who looked cool and went with it.

You can read the full article here.
More on DC Universe can be found on our site here
On-Site: Hardware Review
Recently, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood has been assessing the Astro A40 Audio System as a replacement for his old gaming headsets. He liked what he saw and today presents his review.

Let me tell you a little story about the last set of gaming headsets I'm ever likely to own:

Ok, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, headsets break all the time. Last year alone, I went through three or four pairs of low end gadgets. Still though, I'm pretty sure I've recently found a set of headphones that I not only care enough about to make sure they don't break, but that I don't feel the need to go out and replace... ever, if given the choice.



Check out the Astro A40 Audio System Review here.

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This week's Game of the Week is the original EverQuest.

EverQuest celebrated the 10th anniversary of the game's launch last week, as the game continues to hold its place as one of the oldest MMORPGs still in operation.

To mark the game's decennial anniversary, the folks at EverQuest have been hard at work organizing a host of events both in and out of the game, including producing a 10th anniversary book and having the city of San Diego declare March 16th as "Sony Online Entertainment Day".

Some of the events are still running, so if you'd like to know more about EverQuest's 10th anniversary events, visit the EverQuest 10th Anniversary Event Page

Learn more about EverQuest, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, March 16
Star Trek Online - Some Thoughts on Capturing the Essence

Tuesday, March 17
World of Warcraft - Making Money the Mining Way

Wednesday, March 18
Lineage 2 - A Look at the Economic State

Thursday, March 19
Lord of the Rings Online - A Look at Book 7

Friday, March 20
Warhammer Online : Age of Reckoning - A Look at Guilds
Did You Know?
Did you know that the MMORPG.com crew will be making their annual migration to San Francisco to attend the 2009 Game Developers Conference? GDC is considered to be the top industry show of it's kind in North America, where developers can meet their peers to exchange ideas, innovations, and bragging rights, as well as slipping a few sneak peeks to the media, which we'll be happy to share with the MMORPG.com community.
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