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Issue 245, August 9, 2010
In the news
Bioware unveiled several new playable species as part of this week's Friday Update.

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ArenaNet discussed the role of sound in Guild Wars 2 as part of a new blog update released this week.

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Aventurine's Tasos Flambouras addressed the Darkfall community following a bit of a brouhaha stirred up by recent Q&A.

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NOX Audio Specialist Review
In this week's hardware review, correspondent Carolyn Koh takes on the NOX Audio Specialist headset. As the 'new kid on the block', NOX has a lot to prove. Does the Audio Specialist headset make the cut? Find out in Carolyn Koh's comprehensive report.

Color me impressed. Add another zero to the MSRP of $79.99 and we'll talk about high resolution detail, fidelity, audiophile quality and goosebumps from listening to music. As a budget headset, an entry-level product, indeed the inaugural product by NOX Audio, the Specialist is truly impressive. NOX currently has a 30-day no questions asked return policy. I highly recommend anyone in the market for a budget gaming head-set give this one a trial.

You can read the full article here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
Rift: Gamer's Day Interview with Scott Hartsman
Earlier this week,'s Michael Bitton had the opportunity to travel to San Francisco to visit the Trion Worlds HQ. While there, Mike spent time talking with Trion's COO Scott Hartsman. The discussion centered around Rift: Planes of Telara with topics ranging from multi-classing, rift invasions, exploration and PvP.

Rift offers a multi-class system dubbed the "Ascended Soul" system and while this is all good and dandy, obviously many gamers look at this and think of the potential balance issues, so I asked Scott about their plans to deal with balance issues and he had a pretty surprising response.

Check out the interview here.

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This week's Game of the Week is Bioware's upcoming MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and why not? After all, the upcoming Star Wars MMO (the second, historically), is one of the most talked about upcoming games not only within the MMO genre, but in all of gaming.

With Bioware's reputation as a first class developer of single player RPGs, many video gamers find themselves wondering how the company will handle the challenge presented in the realm of multiplayer games.

With more and more information being leaked out about this game all the time, the opinions are coming in from all sides with players weighing in. Some would like to see the game more closely resemble the sandbox style of the original Star Wars Galaxies while others are looking forward to a near perfect continuation of Bioware's success with their previous Knights of the Old Republic title.

As information leans us more toward the latter than the former, it will be interesting to see what players think as this game comes closer and closer to launch.

Learn more about The Old Republic here, or check out our game list here.

The Week that Was
Monday, August 2
Aion: Assault on Balaurea Preview

Tuesday, August 3
Guild Wars 2: Downed Abilities

Wednesday, August 4
SW:TOR: Space Combat

Thursday, August 5
SHSO: Comic-Con Report

Friday, August 6
Jeff Hickman: Kickin' It at GenCon
Did You Know?

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We're very excited about it and we think you should be too, so if you've got a few extra minutes head on over to

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