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Weddings, E3 and Staffing

Posted by Dana Monday June 8 2009 at 2:02PM
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You may have noticed a bit of chaos around the site this last couple weeks. We had a lot of things happen really fast around here and now seems like a good time to bring you all up to date!

First things first, Jon Wood (Managing Editor) got married and took off on a much deserved vacation/honeymoon. Congrats to Jon and his bride!

Then we had a couple staffing changes. Community Manager Richard Cox has moved on from He has taken a new job and I am sure you will hear from him soon in that capacity. A big congrats to Richard on the new gig. Thanks again for all you did these last months and years on the site. You'll be missed.

News Manager Keith Cross has also left the site to pursue other opportunities outside of games. Again, we thank him for his loyal service and hard work.

Naturally, that means some fresh blood around here. I'd like to introduce Michael Bitton, who will be handling aspects of News and Community on the side. You've likely noticed a couple of his news items already, so be gentle while he settles in. We will also be announcing another new hire in a couple weeks.

As if all of that wasn't chaotic enough, Evan Wilkinson (Art Director) and I took off for E3 dead smack in the middle of all this. Unfortunately, the site has been a bit chaotic with all that's gone on, but now that most everyone is back in front of computers, regular service should resume.

We have an absolutely huge pile of E3 content coming your way. Starting tomorrow, you should be able to expect two articles and two companion videos a day from the dozens of games and people we spoke to at the show. Circumstances limited our on the floor coverage to one article (Telara), but we'll make up for what we missed in immediacy with some nice depth and higher quality video offerings (expect much better than the Telara interview).

Anyway, we have lots coming up beyond E3 and thank you all for sticking with us over these chaotic couple weeks. E3 was quite the experience as usual and more will come on that shortly.

Kainis writes:

I know one big thing that Telara mentioned, was that they were going to try to handle most of the files server side, to allow for more instantanious adjustments to the world (events, etc), reducing the need for HUGE patches. I was wondering if you guys asked them anything about how they plan to do this with the many varying internet speeds out there, and cut down on the obvious lag that would create both pve and pvp headaches?

Mon Jun 08 2009 11:18PM Report
Dana writes:

We talked to them about it. Not sure how much of that made it into our preview article or video (egads the video.. ugh!)

But honestly, they never fully explained to me how this is different from what any other MMO does. Most MMOs "can" do what they described, they just don't. I am sure there is more to it though and I will be following up with them to get more details.

Tue Jun 09 2009 1:23PM Report writes:
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