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.Issue 305, October 10, 2011
Top News of the Week:
ArenaNet's Colin Johanson confirmed this week that the closed beta for Guild Wars 2 will commence by the end of this year.

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Enter for a chance to win 5 years of VIP subscription time to City of Heroes: Freedom in our City of Heroes: Freedom: Fight in Style Contest!

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Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios announced a major shift in course for Neverwinter, switching over from a co-op RPG to a free-to-play action MMO.

Read more here.
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EverQuest II: Re-Review
Norrath, as MMORPG.com's Robert Schroeder says, has been the MMO "home" of countless players for many years. Everquest II is an enduring classic game that continues to attract new players. In our ongoing effort to re-review games that consistently show progress and improvement, MMORPG.com takes a look at Everquest II.

Overall, I found my return to Everquest 2 to be a lot of fun. Revisiting old zones with new characters gave a sense of nostalgia, while at the same time leaving me excited and giddy to see how they had changed. At the same time, visiting new zones with old characters allowed me to unlock new mysteries and battle new evils as I journeyed through magical cities and deadly wastelands. Easy to find and welcoming guilds added a greater sense of community and companionship to the game, while epic quests and dangerous dungeons brought us together for a common cause.



You can read the full article here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
GDC Online: Game Narrative with Tom Abernathy
In the final "pre-GDC Online" article for MMORPG.com, Industry Relations Manager Garrett Fuller chats with Microsoft's Tom Abernathy about the art of storytelling in today's games. It's a terrific insider's look at writers and writing in the industry.

Tom Abernathy joins us for our final feature on GDC Online to outline the Game Narrative Summit. Tom works at Microsoft and is very passionate about game narrative and game writing. With such a strong emphasis on story in online games lately it is great to chat with someone who works very specifically in that area. GDC has the Game Narrative ciriculum in its program to help writers get involved in how to write for video games. As Tom explains there is much more to it than folks likely expect. It's not like writing a novel.



Check out the article here.

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Game of the Week
TERA is an upcoming 3D fantasy MMORPG. TERA intends to set itself apart with its lack of targeting, giving players full control over each move instead of targeting or hotkeys, emphasizing skills in combat. Additionally, the world will not be instanced, placing all players in the same space. This is also significant since player influence will play a huge role in shaping both Tera's economy and its community.

There are set to be six races, with eight classes to choose from, each locked in an ongoing war to protect his or her kingdom.

Learn more about TERA here, or check out our game list here.

This Week
Monday, October 3
GDC Online: Virtual Items Summit with Min Kim

Tuesday, October 4
The List: Five Reasons to Attend New York Comic-Con

Wednesday, October 5
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Dark or Light?

Thursday, October 6
Devil's Advocate: Free Players are Toxic

Friday, October 7
Coyote's Howling: Quests That Suck
Did You Know?
We're proud to announce the launch of Unboundgamer.com, a new site for all your mobile gaming news, reviews. and more! In addition to all your content needs, Unboundgamer.com features a number of community tools such as status updates, full-fledged profiles, blogs, member galleries, and even a snazzy forum, so be sure to check it out!
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