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MMORPG.com Newsletter Issue 07, January 2nd, 2006
In the News Visit Library
On December 27th (Tuesday), the good people at The Chronicles of Spellborn treated us to an explanation of their Skill and Combat Systems. The explanation was left to the lead designer of the project, and answers a number of reader questions. Get the article, here.

Also on December 27th (Tuesday), the developers at SOE’s game, Star Wars: Galaxies, released a large, pre-Christmas news item for our reading pleasure. The release that was provided gave us a look at some upcoming features for the game, and tried to dispel some rumors that have been circulating about the game. click here.

On December 29th (Thursday), Second Life reported that they had reached and surpassed the 100,000 resident marker. This means that there are more people than ever playing the very unique game in the MMORPG genre.click here.
To the Editor... More Reviews

Last week, in the Gamer to English section of our newsletter, I talked about the word “pwned”. What I didn’t expect was the volume of responses that the word garnered. It turns out that there are lots of different theories as to the origin of this word (or misspelling). The one that I chose to print last week seems to have been rather un-popular. Below, you will find a couple of letters that I received this week, pointing out the error.

Hello Editor,

I'd like to disagree with you on the origin of the word "pwned"... it actually was around long before World of Warcraft meant anything. It appeared in the land of Counter-Strike PRE-Source. Not sure when but thats what I know and remember.

-Isaac Chombe

I have to point out an error with the definition of "pwned". While the definition itself is fine, "pwned" has been around a lot longer than WoW. The developer theory actually goes back to Starcraft or possibly Warcraft, not World of Warcraft. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pwnage

I personally subscribe to the origin that it came from being commonly misspelled, and probably originated from FPS (or possibly RTS) games. I definitely don't ever remember Warcraft or Starcraft ever saying anyone was "pwned".

-Keith Setliff

We here at the newsletter are always interested in hearing your thoughts and opinions on any number of subjects. Don’t forget to write to us at newsletter@mmorpg.com.

Do you have something to add to this discussion? Do it here.

Off the Boards... Visit Boards

This week’s Off the Boards come from a post that asks a very simple, yet very interesting question. Which single-player games would do well to be made into MMORPGs? A classic example of this would be either the WarCraft franchise, or the Final Fantasy Franchise. Both were very successful games and franchises that seemed to translate well into the MMORPG genre.

Thanks a million to Diross, the user who started this thread.

What single player game title has the best chance or should be made into a mmorpg and why???I'm sitting here looking at my pile of single player games and can honestly say that less than 10% of them could qualify for mmorpg-ization. I've been playing X3-Reunion since the new patch fix 1.3 came out and I love the game. I would love to see it made into a mmorpg, however that is just a dream of mine and may never be realized. I know a lot of single player titles do have online play, however the interaction between players us usually limited to only a handfull of grouping. I played BF1942 and it was fun, just wondered why with it's popularity and all it couldn't gone down the road to being a mmorpg. There has to be a atleast few of them out there from looking back at the best single player games of 2005. -Diross

Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines- Elnator

The BALDURS GATE series.- moonfog

KOTOR and posibly destroy all humans:) KOTOR has great game play fun story lines etc could make for a large mmo world. Destroy all humans quite easily you could play as a little 3 foot alien invading earth or Human soldier,G-Man,Cop etc.. I would love to see a mmo set up with the old time story lines like destroy all humans. -Ra've

This topic is just begging for your opinions. Personally, I think I'd like to see an Age of Empires MMORPG. I'm not 100% sure how it would work, but it is an idea that fasicantes me.

What single player games would YOU like to see make it to the MMORPG genre? Let us know if our forum by,clicking here.

Game of the Week

Game of the week
Last Week, we talked a little bit about City of Heroes. This week, we’re going to look at it’s evil twin. Seriously, just paint a goatee on this one and you’ve got it right. We are of course, talking about City of Villains, NCSoft’s follow-up game to CoH. In this one, you get a chance to play the bad guy, kicking butt and taking names. Tired of always saving those helpless peasants? Take up evil, it’s more interesting.

Laura Genender gave us a review of the game on December 16th. She gave it an 8.0.

What do you think?

More Games
The Week That Was
26 Monday
2005 Reader's Choice Awards
27 Tuesday
Happy Hour Report #3
28 Wednesday
RAN Online: Interview With Steve Tsao
29 Thursday
Editorial: For Sale, Advertising in Online Games
30 Friday
Editorial: WoW: The Burning Crusade. What Will You Do?
From the Editor

Dear Readers,

I just wanted to take this opportunity to welcome you to the first newsletter of the New Year. As I type this, I find myself in a very hopeful mood. With 2005 behind us, we can look ahead to 2006 as a new beginning.
As with every New Years, this one would not be complete without putting down a resolution. First, I resolve to making this newsletter as reader friendly as possible. We would love to create the best possible product for you, our loyal readers. Keep your suggestions (and complaints) coming. Without your input, it’s really just up to my taste, and no one wants that. In saying that, we’re going to try something brand new this week. Below this letter, you’re going to find the opening line to a joke. Your task? Send in a punch line and we’ll see if we can’t make something out of it.

Best Wishes for 2006,
Stradden and the MMORPG.com News Team

Joke of the Week

The game is simple. All you have to do is finish this joke. Find a way to amke it funny:

A Troll and a Paladin walk into a bar...

When you come up with soemthing, just email it to newsletter@mmorpg.com and I'll have a look.


Head on over to the forums and discuss it here.

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