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Issue 246, August 16, 2010
In the news
This week's Friday Update included the unveiling of the Jedi Knight advanced classes.

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Earlier this week rumors began to circulate regarding significant layoffs at APB developer Realtime Worlds.

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ArenaNet announced plans to follow through on all the talking they've been doing by "walking the walk" at this year's GamesCom and PAX events. A new "Design Manifesto" video was also released.

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Bigfoot Networks Killer 2100 NIC Review
In her latest hardware review, correspondent Carolyn Koh takes a look at the BigFoot Networks "Killer" Network Interface Card (NIC). Carolyn takes the challenge that BigFoot offers gamers: Improved network performance and reduced lag in online games. Does the Killer NIC measure up? Read Carolyn's review to find out.

The Killer NIC 2100 recently dropped its price from $129.99 to $89.99 - a far more palatable price point than what it debuted at (about half) several years ago, and it works. Consensus among other hardware reviewers is that improvements are more dramatic for gamers with PCs of middling specs. Now it is up to you, dear reader, to decide if the improvement is worth the cost. For me and my dodgy internet connection? Totally worth it.

You can read the full article here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
EQ II Extended Fan Faire Panel
At last weekend's Sony Online Entertainment Fan Faire, Managing Editor Jon Wood sat in on what was probably the most controversial panel during the convention: The panel dealing with the recently announced Everquest II Extended and its free-to-play option. Developers David Georgeson, Rich Waters, Greg Spence and Tony Royce spent time discussing what EQ II Extended is and isn't as well as giving fans time to ask their questions.

Asked what this all means for the Live Server marketplace, the developers assured players that there were no plans to have new items appear in the Live marketplace that carry stats. That option will be reserved only for Extended servers.

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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 9
End of Nations: Gamer's Day Preview

Tuesday, August 10
Guild Wars 2: No Grind? Yes, Please!

Wednesday, August 11
SWTOR: Space Combat Cont'd: On Rails Edition!

Thursday, August 12
Rift: The Pyromancer

Friday, August 13
Player Perspectives: What's in it For Me?
Did You Know?

Are you a Mac fan? Do you play iPhone or iPad games? Did you know that has a sister site in the form of, a site dedicated to gaming using Apple's various platforms? provides news about and reviews of not only popular OSX games, but games built for the ever growing market in iPhones and iPads.

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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