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MMORPG.com Newsletter Issue 57, January 2nd, 2007
In the News
On December 28th, Ars Technica reported that the South Korean Government is hoping to pass a law that would see the government controlling the exchange of virtual currency. This story is only the latest in an ongoing, seemingly worldwide push by governments to regulate video games. In this case, the laws aim to curb the lucrative and controversial Secondary Market that has cropped up around MMORPGs.

Read the article here.

Also on December 28th, Farlan Entertainment, the company responsible for the game, Dark and Light announced that they would be offering a rather unique trial for their game. Players will now be able to play for free up until their characters reach Level 10. After that time, players can continue on in the world, but will not receive experience points for their adventures. In order to continue to progress, players will be required to pay for the game.

Get the news here.

On December 20th, Rappelz announced their newest Epic III expansion. The new expansion for the game represents the “largest addition of new game content and new features to date.” And includes, “new challenges and dangers in the form of new areas, quests, new dungeons for lower level users, never-before-seen monsters/raid bosses, and much more”.

Read the article here.

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Eve Online: Re-Review

With their recent sweep of our 2006 Reader’s Choice Awards, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back to August 14th, and Dan Fortier’s EVE Online Re-Review. The game, which won in every single category for which it was nominated, received an 8.4 rating from Mr. Fortier. Dan gave the game good marks in Performance (a perfect 10), Graphics (9) and Customer Service (9).

Here are some memorable lines from the review:

  • Graphically, the EVE universe is stunning to say the least. Sure there aren’t a lot of things to render in the frozen voids of space, but everything that is there is extremely well done.
  • I must confess to not being a big fan of techno, but the ambient music in EVE is a very nice complement to the game.
  • The world does feel somewhat cold and impersonal for those used to bright and colorful landscapes full of humanoid characters, but they have done an adequate job of creating opportunities for roleplaying despite the lack of typical environments.
  • Starting the game as a new player can be quite intimidating considering the scope, complexity and depth of the game.
  • Having taken part in several medium sized engagements in 0.0 space and flown repeatedly through the busiest stations in Jita, I can say that I was impressed with the games performance under high player loads.
  • In my entire time playing, I only had to file two support tickets. Both were handled in an acceptable amount of time and with a helpful and professional attitude.
  • EVE is definitely a game that takes some time to get into and fully appreciate the open-ended flavor that is being offered.

You can read the full review here.

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Game/On and 2006 Reader's Choice

This week, newly named MMORPG.com Community Manager Laura Genender joins Jon Wood for a brand new episode of the site’s official podcast, Game/On. The pair discuss the recent announcement that South Korea is looking to curtail the sale of in game goods, and what that means to the MMORPG community as a whole. Game/On is a weekly podcast MMORPG.com hosts each Friday.

You can listen to the podcast here.

Last week, just before the New Year, MMORPG.com unveiled the winners of our 2006 Reader’s Choice Awards. EVE Online from CCP Games came out as the big winner, taking home an award for each of the five categories for which it was nominated. The big surprise came though when MMORPG.com members voted their favorite game released in 2006 to be “None of the Above”.

You can check out the awards here.

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Game of the Week

Game of 

the week

Recently, our own Laura Genender had the opportunity to sit down with the free trial for the fishing-based MMORPG, Oz World for our first At a Glance feature. This week, the game gets the nod as the Game of the Week.

Here is some of what Laura had to say about her experience in Oz World:

This weekend, I tried out the World of Oz. A fairly small game, Oz is a game about meeting new people and socializing with friends, as well as progressing through levels (a social game with a grind!) to purchase new accessories and clothing for your character.

The main activity in Oz is fishing. Well, it's the only activity, really. Players start with a training rod and two types of bait, and can buy better rods/more bait as they progress through the levels. Fishing itself is simple and gets boring after a while - players stand near the water, cast, wait about a minute, and then pull the fish in. Depending on your level, the "pulling" phase can vary from one to multiple clicks - my longest "pull" in the first five levels of the game was two clicks.

You can read Laura's At a Glance: Oz World here.

More Games

The Week That Was
25 Monday
26 Tuesday
Editorial: Sound Bites
27 Wednesday
Interview: Age of Conan
28 Thursday
Column: Casual Play
29 Friday
2006 Reader's Choice Awards
Happy New Year!.

I trust that everyone’s holidays were good ones, and that we’re all feeling a little bit sluggish as we head back out to work or school or whatever it is we usually do. For me, the Holiday season was spent with friends and family, generally catching up with people that I’d started to drift away from.

2007 is going to be an exciting year for MMORPG.com. With a new look for our ever-expanding website and new staff members working behind-the-scenes, MMORPG.com promises to continue to bring you the best in news and happenings in the MMORPG world.

As my first official act as MMORPG.com Managing Editor, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Garrett Fuller (News Editor), Laura Genender (Community Manager) and Evan Wilkinson (Design) to our management team here at MMORPG.com.

With their wealth of talent and enthusiasm, I am sure that all three staffers will work hard to make MMORPG.com the best possible home for MMORPG gamers.

-Jon "Stradden" Wood
Managing Editor

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