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Issue 100, October 29, 2007
In the news
Last week the world watched as the area around San Diego, California was ravaged by wildfires. One story from this tragedy jumped to the front of the headlines, that of SOE CEO John Smedley, who spoke on behalf of SOE while relating his personal experiences of the fire and evacuation.

Read more here.
Book 11: Defenders of Eriador, the latest content expansion for Lord of the Rings Online, launched last week. Highlights of Book 11 include updates to the minstrel and the lore-master, over 60 new quests including the continuation of the epic story arc and the underground dungeon of Nûrz Ghâshu, the much anticipated addition of player housing, and more.

Read more here.
Last week's most talked about story was the announcement of the Pirates of the Burning Sea pre-order, which offers access to the game up to 15 days before launch, among other goodies.

Read more here.
Get more news on our site here!
Featured Article: A Writer's Lament: Requiem for a Game

Michael Fiegel, a former writer and content designer for Perpetual Entertainment's Gods & Heroes, penned an article from a developer's perspective, about the indefinite hold that has been put on the game and his own reactions to it.

The game's sudden change in status came as something of a surprise, not just to those involved in the game's development (including many people who had worked on it for much longer than I had), but also to the game's many devoted community members and Beta testers.

Check out A Writer's Lament here.
Blog Spotlight

In this week's Community Blog Spotlight, Laura Genender compared two equal but opposing blogs, each taking a side on the competitive nature "of gamers even in PvE: parsers, braggarts, and the optimal build".

"Why," [NetSapiens] asks, "do so many people make PvE a competitive environment? Exactly WHY do you need to see the DPS of a weapon to the last mathematical detail?... You cannot beat me in PvE! It's not possible...because there's no contest."

Vajuras starts by outlining The Problem: "Within the constraints and boundaries placed by the Game Developer, players will always strive to optimize their builds, teams, and guild compositions."

You can read the article here.

More Blogs can be found on our site here, or visit our boards today!

This week's Game of the Week is EVE Online.

Recently, Managing Editor Jon Wood traveled to Atlanta to attend the official opening of CCP's North American office.

More immediately though is the upcoming EVE Fan Fest, an event taking place in CCP's home town of Reykjavik, Iceland.

From November 1st to the 3rd, fans of the sci-fi sandbox will gather to celebrate the game that is a passion for many and shows no signs of slowing down.

Learn more about EVE Online, here, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, October 22
Gods and Heroes: A Writer's Lament: Requiem for a Game

Tuesday, October 23
EverQuest II: Rise of Kunark Guided Tour

Wednesday, October 24
Stargate Worlds: Goa'uld Interview

Thursday, October 25
Lord of the Rings Online: Book 11: Pre-launch Interview with Jeff Steefle

Friday, October 26
Pirates of the Burning Sea: Developer Profile Q&A: Rick Saada
Did You Know?
Did you know that this is the 100th edition of's weekly newsletter? That's 2 years minus a month of newsletter goodness. During the newsletter's run it has had two editors, starting with Jon Wood at issue one, with News Manager Keith Cross officially taking over newsletter responsibilities on issue 75. Congratulations us.
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