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Issue 105, December 10, 2007
In the news
Blizzard announced last week that they have come to an agreement with Activision that will see the companies merging to become Activision Blizzard. Blizzard has been quick to reassure players that there will be no changes to the daily operation of Blizzard or World of Warcraft.

Read more here.
EVE Online's Trinity Expansion hit a snag during it's launch last week, when it was discovered that the expansion deleted the boot.ini file on some computers running Windows XP.

Read more here.
Dev Log 5.0 was published on the Star Trek Online official site last week, revealing the first in-game screenshot in quite some time.

Read more here.
Get more news on our site here!
Tabula Rasa Review: Part One Community Manager Laura Genender has been playing Tabula Rasa since its launch a month ago. Wanting to be fair to the game, we have decided to break this review into two parts, this one, describing Laura's early experiences in the game as she leveled from 1-25, the next is an account of her late and end game experience, where she will officially score the game.

As a casual player, this game will hold a lot of fun missions and gameplay for you; it's both challenging and accessible, with easy to form groups and easy to solo content.

For the hardcore gamer crowd, though, this game is going to give a rather lackluster experience.

These choices normally don't have much of an actual effect; there are a few differences in reward choices, which missions you get offered after the "ethic parable" mission, etc. What is noteworthy is that these missions actually stand out, and are memorable events for me.

You can read the entire review here.
2007 Reader's Choice Awards is pleased to announce the opening of voting for the 2007 Reader's Choice Awards. This year, we nominated games in classic categories like Best Overall Game, Most Anticipated Game, Best Paid Expansion and Best New Game and introduce new categories like: Best Fantasy Game, Best Sci-Fi / Other Game, Best Free / Micropayments Game, Most Improved Game.

In order to vote, you must log in or register for a free account here. Voting is open from December 7th, 2007 until December 30th 2007.

Nominations were finalized by the Editorial Staff.

Vote for your favorite games here.

Visit our boards today!

This week's game of the week is the upcoming high seas swashbuckling MMO, Pirates of the Burning Sea from Flying Lab Software.

This highly anticipated game, as evidenced by its continuous position on's list of most anticipated games, is currently in the beta phase of development.

As the game's January 2008 launch date approaches, more news and information about Pirates of the Burning Sea is becoming available, especially with last week's announcement that they have lifted the beta's NDA.

Learn more about Pirates of the Burning Sea, here, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, December 3
Jumpgate Evolution: Accessibility

Tuesday, December 4
Lord of the Rings Online: Developer Chat Summary

Wednesday, December 5
Tabula Rasa Review Part One - Levels 1 - 25

Thursday, December 6
Interview: Fury: Age of the Chosen Q&A

Friday, December 7's 2007 Reader's Choice Awards Voting
Did You Know?

Did you know that last year's Reader's Choice Awards resulted in big wins for EVE Online, which walked away with 5 awards out of the 7 categories for which the game was nominated. EVE's award wins include the awards for Best PvP, and for Favorite Game.

You can take a look at this year's nominees here.

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