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MMORPG.com Newsletter
Issue 97, October 8th, 2007
In the news
NCsoft and Cryptic Studios released information on Issue 11: A Stitch in Time. The free content update sports such features as a time traveling story line where players can take part in pivotal moments in the City of X universe, as well as the much anticipated ability to customize the weapons that your character carries, new power sets, and more.

Get all of the Issue 11 details here.
Flying Lab Software announced last week that the much anticipated Pirates of the Burning Sea will raise anchor and set sail on January 22, 2008.

Read more here.
Starr Long, the Producer of NCsoft's Tabula Rasa announced last week that the launch of the game will be pushed back to November 2nd. Pre-Order head starts will begin on October 30th.

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

This week in her ongoing Community Spotlight series, Community Manager Laura Genender takes a look at a blog that discusses innovation in MMORPGs.

Day in, day out, the MMO world is filled with discontent - where is the innovation in MMOs? Where are new ideas? Players feel that the developers are just spitting out the same game template, day in and day out. Almost every game is called out as a "WoW-clone" at least once (you all can argue the validity of those claims!). And this week, user vajuras, author of the blog "I Have a Dream," addresses this issue in his blog.

"Mainstream," explains vajuras, "is using an established intellectual property and 'tweaking' your game for mass appeal. That simple. Never expect innovation in a 'mainstream' title whereas the Game Designer's hands are tied by the Producer and share holders.

Read the full Community Spotlight here, or you can read the original blog here.
More blogs can be found on our site here
Featured Article: CoH At a Glance

MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood recently jumped into the 14 day free trial of Cryptic Studios' City of Heroes. In this At A Glance Article (more like a long stare actually), Jon gives his impressions of the game and a rundown of what makes it a unique MMO.

I have to say that for a game that launched over three years ago (April 2004), it's really got quite a bit to recommend it.

Right out of the gate players are met with the feature that, in my opinion, is the biggest highlight; character creation.

In City of Heroes, most of the missions that you're going to come up against are instanced and honestly, I think that's probably a good thing. This allows the mission to scale to the power of your character or your supergroup, making each encounter exciting and interesting.

One of the stand-out features that I've found in the mission system of CoH is the ability to call your contacts.



Check out the full article here.

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This week, MMORPG.com Hardware writer, Jeremy Star takes a look at the latest mouse offering from Logitech with the G9 mouse. He liked it, read on to find out why!

The G9 is a corded USB laser mouse with a 3200dpi. It features interchangeable grips, a custom weight tuning system, onboard memory, adjustable sensitivity, customizable LED colors, Polytetrafluoroethylene feet, and a MicroGearâ„¢ precision scroll wheel.

The G9 has a few technological tricks up its sleeve to differentiate itself from the competition. Firstly, it features interchangeable grips.

Up to five custom profiles can be stored on the mouse and can be switched between by using the profile button on the underside of the mouse.

Read the full review, here.
The Week that Was
Monday, October 1
Mouse Review: Logitech G9

Tuesday, October 2
Gods and Heroes: City Profile: Rome Part Three

Wednesday, October 3
City of Heroes: A Look at the 14 Day Trial

Thursday, October 4
Chronicles of Spellborn Arena and PvP Q&A

Friday, October 5
City of Heroes Issue 11: A Stitch in Time Interview with Matt "Positron" Miller
Did You Know?
Flying Lab Software recently announced that the launch date for Pirates of the Burning Sea will be on January 22nd 2008. The game has been in development since 2002, and judging by its third place position on our list of most anticipated games, a number of fans are hoping that it will be worth the wait.
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