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MMORPG.com Newsletter
Issue 84, July 9, 2007
In the news
NCsoft announced last week that Auto Assault would be shutting down for the last time at midnight on August 31, 2007. Managing Editor Jon Wood was able to catch up with NCsoft's David Swofford for a short interview on the subject.

Read the announcemnt here.

Read the interview here.

ArenaNet and NCsoft announced that the release date for Guild Wars: Eye of the North, the first true expansion to Guild Wars, will be on August 31st, 2007. The expansion is expected to have a retail price of $39.99 in North America, and €34.99 in Europe.

Read more here.
The folks over at Turbine released a description of session play, one of the new features that will be added to Lord of the Rings Online in the next update. Session play will allow players to enter the world and play with a temporary character in the form of a troll, a ranger, or a chicken.

Read more here.
Get more news on our site here!
Blog Spotlight

Doinkermit, an MMORPG.com member has recently created a new blog called: MMOPP&B (past, present and beyond). In his first post, he talks about MMORPG.com users who seem to be "playing the waiting game" and whether or not they will "revolutionize the genre":

As I have been browsing the forums and reading through my share of reviews of games,I have found myself only reading posts of reviews about how horrible current games are and about how "Great, and Unbelievable super awesome to the max" the new games will be.

It seems as though almost every single person on MMORPG.com either hates there current game and or,plays or hates WoW, And is angry with the community for producing these MMOs and not making them perfect.

You can read the blog here.

GeneralCrazy started his blog on July 5th with a post titled, "Things in MMO's that break grouping and social interaction." He lists culprits like Group XP, Non-Transferable items, Instance and Camp Dungeons and more:

Group Experience and Currency:

In most games the Experience and Currency gained in groups is less then what someone will gain while soloing.

Possible Solution - Grouping should have it's bonuses over soloing but at the same time it shouldn't be forced.


You can read the blog here.
On-Site: Podcast
This week on Game/On co-hosts Jon Wood and Keith Cross talk about Keith's recent trip to San Francisco to attend Hero Camp, an event hosted by Perpetual Entertainment where he had the chance to sit down for a hands on preview of Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising.

Check out the Podcast here.

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This week Carolyn Koh reviewed the Microsft Reclusa, the so called keyboard child of Microsoft and Razer. Here's a sampling of what she thought:

The Microsoft Reclusa is the offspring of a Razer / Microsoft collaboration. A follow-up to their successful first collaboration on a gaming mouse, the Habu.

The keys, including the F keys, are all full sized and have a good feel to them.

The jog dials are a little different... It's a little awkward to use, and much slower than using the mouse wheel.

Make no mistake, the Reclusa is a pretty nice looking / feeling keyboard, but for a hybrid Microsoft / Razer Gaming keyboard, I expected better.


Read the Microsoft Reclusa review, here.

Check out our game list here.

The Week that Was
Monday, July 2
Auto Assault Closing Doors

Tuesday, July 3
Gods and Heroes Exploring Cultures, Part One

Wednesday, July 4
Community Forum Spotlight Speed Leveling

Thursday, July 5
Warhammer Online: Interview with Mark Daivs and Steve Perkins

Friday, July 6
Gods and Heroes Hands-On Preview
Did You Know?
Did you know that Auto Assault, The vehicular MMO from NetDevil, was launched on April 13th 2006. When the game shuts down for the last time on August 31st, 2007, it will have been running for a respectable 505 days.
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