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.Issue 296, August 8, 2011
Top News of the Week:
ArenaNet has announced this week is to be 'Sylvari Week,' marking the return of the re-imagined plant-like race.

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The North American release of TERA has been delayed to Spring 2012.

Read more here.
Blizzard has announced World of Warcraft is down 300,000 subscribers this quarter.

Read more here.
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Guild Wars Trilogy: Re-Review
In our latest review,'s Mobin Koohestani puts the Guild Wars trilogy, the game that put ArenaNet on the map, through its paces.

At the end of it all, Guild Wars is a fun time not worth passing up. This game has the ability to appeal to every MMORPG player out there, regardless of your preferences. There are strong roots within this game that only adds more suspense for its successor, but that should only act as another reason for you to try it for yourself and see what started it all. Guild Wars is hours of fun, featuring great graphics, a helpful community, and an awesome balance of gameplay. So even after six years, ArenaNet has shown to the world that it is possible to create a solid game without emptying your pockets every month.

You can read the full article here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
Star Wars: The Old Republic: 'Welfare Epics' Community Manager Michael Bitton discusses the recent revelations regarding Star Wars: The Old Republic's Operation loot distribution in this week's The Old Republic column.

Last week, we reported on a story that shed some light on BioWare's current approach to loot distribution in Operations. Differing somewhat from other games on the market, BioWare's approach involves granting all players an individual loot container at the end of a key Operation encounter. These containers will offer a chance at class-specific gear. Even in the absence of desired loot, the containers will, at the very least, contain commendations that can be traded for class-specific loot at appropriate vendors. Think Warhammer Online's 'PQ Bags,' though there is no word on whether there will be different quality containers based on contribution level.

Check out the column here.

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Game of the Week
Guild Wars 2 is the upcoming sequel to Guild Wars. Currently in development at ArenaNet, Guild Wars 2 will offer the same free to play model as the original game series while introducing a host of graphical and mechanics upgrades.

Guild Wars players will find only their character names and achievements carry over, as everything else is planned to be completely new. Where characters could only move with mouse clicks, now there will be a full range of motion in 3-D for each character, destructible environments, a mentoring system to let higher and lower level players join forces, and additional layers to PvP.

The Mists, a new area, will offer large-scale world versus world battles in addition to the much-loved solo or guild versus guild PvP. PvP and RP characters will no longer be distinguished from each other, and the level cap will be higher than the original game's 20.

Notably, the land of Tyria itself will undergo shifts in terrain and structure following large-scale destruction vital to the game's plot. The plot is set 250 years after the Eye of the North expansion, and concerns the awakening of dragons long believed to have been defeated and rendered powerless in slumber. Their awakening not only causes panic but flooding and massive destruction as others rise up to try and stop this ancient force. A release date is yet to be announced.

Learn more about Guild Wars 2 here, or check out our game list here.
This Week
Monday, August 1
WoW Factor: Redundancy, Repetition, Grinding

Tuesday, August 2
Guild Wars 2: The Quest for Looking Good

Wednesday, August 3
The List: Five Games That Should Be MMOs

Thursday, August 4
Coyote's Howling: Death of the Computer

Friday, August 5
Bill Murphy: The Shape of the Marvel Universe MMO
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