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Issue 223, March 8, 2010
In the news

As promised, patch notes for Aion's upcoming 1.9 update were released this week. Also, details and video on update 2.0.
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VanaFest 2010 contained some surprising revelations for the future of FFXI, including a level cap bump to 99, and three new scenarios.
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Volume III, Book 1: Oath of the Rangers went live for Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online this week.
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Soul of the Ultimate Nation Review
New Reviewer Erki Birk writes this look at Webzen's Soul of the Ultimate Nation.

While I saw the fun in many of the game's systems including crafting and combat, I was distracted by an overall feeling of a game that felt stiff and sometimes robotic. Unfortunately, in the competitive world of MMORPGs, SUN just falls short.

You can read the full article here.

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You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
After playing the single-player RPG Zelda: Twilight Princess, Player Perspectives columnist Jaime Skelton wrote this article on the magic of video games and what MMOs can do to re-capture it.

Many have come to blame the boredom of MMOs on what's called the "theme park," a quest-driven landscape in which players always have some predetermined goal to achieve. It's fair to argue that this questing has become simply a different flavor of grinding. The problem isn't the questing grind itself, however.

Check out the article here.

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This week's Game of the Week is Blizzard's 800lb. Gorilla, World of Warcraft.

World of Warcraft launched in November, 2004, bringing to life the world of Azeroth, which is based on Blizzard's incredibly popular Warcraft RTS series.

The game has since enjoyed unprecedented success in the genre, boasting over 11 million players, and has stood the test of time by enduring the launches of many other AAA MMOG's while still remaining the game to beat. With two expansions under its belt, Blizzard is showing no signs of slowing down, as they work towards the game's third expansion, Cataclysm, which is expected to launch sometime this year.

The Battlecry Mosaic, which is comprised of 20,000 player submitted photographs, was finally completed this week. The Battlecry Mosaic project was undertaken to celebrate World of Warcraft's fifth anniversary.

Learn more about World of Warcraft here, or check out our game list here.

The Week that Was
Monday, March 1
It's About Having Fun

Tuesday, March 2
The Sci-Fi MMO: The Future

Wednesday, March 3
Call of Money

Thursday, March 4
Would We?

Friday, March 5
Looking at the Early Game
Did You Know?
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