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Issue 218, February 1, 2010
In the news
Even before the game hit store shelves, the team from Star Trek Online released some new information about where they will be taking the game in the next few months after launch in terms of updates and fixes.

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You can add Red 5 to the list of studios that ran into trouble before their game could even be announced as we learned last week that the studio headed by former Blizzard employees underwent some pretty large layoffs leaving the company's future in question.

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Cities XL, the game that attempted to bring city builders into the MMO space has announced the closure of their "planet offer" which made it possible for players to buld cities alongside others. The game will continue as a single player city builder.

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Scott Jennings: Legendary Failures of Legend, Part One

This past week, columnist Scott Jennings began part one of a two part article that takes a look at 'some of the most spectacular MMORPG flameouts". Here is an excerpt:

Being one of the first MMOs, Ultima Online had the luxury of launching with a community best called "dystopian." Intended to be a fantasy simulation where you could wander the land, killing bears and skinning them to make your own armor and selling the meat to happy farmers, thanks to its somewhat... utopian ideals of allowing players the freedom to do whatever they wanted, UO swiftly became a gangland simulation where you could brave the crowds of pickpockets and suicide bombers at the bank...

You can read the full article here.

More columns can be found on our site here.
Runescape Re-Review

This past week, new reviewer Lori May took a stab at re-reviewing the classic MMORPG, Runescape. Here's an excerpt:

Runescape is one of the few games on the market which has gone through a complete overhaul, essentially creating a sequel with which players could transfer current characters without starting over.

Check out the review here.

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This week's Game of the Week is one of the most frequently brought up games on our forums. Its launch propelled the name of an independent Virginia based development studio into the eye of the entire MMO industry.

If you haven't guessed by now, this week's Game of the Week is Dark age of Camelot, originally launched by Mythic Entertainment back in 2001. The game defined the now-trademarked Realm vs. Realm game design, and gave players a taste of what a game designed around faction based PvP could really be like.

Since the release of this game, Mythic as a studio has produced one and a half other titles. The first, a space-based alternate reality MMO called Imperator, was cancelled on the design room floor and the second, Warhammer Online, struggles to remain relevant among today's active MMO field.

Neither of those two titles managed to capture the practical and critical acclaim reached by the company's first title, but some still hold out hope that so long as EA keeps their Mythic branded studio alive that a Dark Age of Camelot 2 might be in the works, brining what is considered a classic game up to date with more recent titles.

Learn more about DAoC here, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, January 25
Global Agenda: Conquest

Tuesday, January 26
DDO Update 3 Preview

Wednesday, January 27
Rohan Update Q&A

Thursday, January 28
Conan: Wolf Mount Revealed

Friday, January 29
Star Wars Galaxies: Galactic Civil War Interview
Did You Know?
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