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Issue 138, July 28th, 2008
In the news
Cryptic Studios officially confirmed today that they are indeed working on the Star Trek MMO. Qapla!

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Book 14: Ring Forges of Erigion, the latest content expansion for Lord of the Rings Online, which concludes the current epic storyline and prepares players to enter the Mines of Moria, launched last week.

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last week, Blizzard announced the launch of the Latin American version of World of Warcraft, and held a launch event in Mexico.

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Star Trek Online: A Message from Jack Emmert

Today we learned that Cryptic Studios, the company behind the original City of Heroes and now Champions Online is the studio now behind the development of Star Trek Online. To mark the occasion and to inform fans of Cryptic's vision for the game, Jack Emmert has written a letter to the community outlining his experiences with Star Trek and the shape of the game to come.

Star Trek has been a part of my entire life. Few other of my geeky obsessions can make that claim.

I started watching the original Star Trek when it reached syndication and cult status. I can remember even more vividly where I was for the premiere of every subsequent Star Trek series. For Star Trek: The Next Generation, I watched "Encounter at Farpoint" lying on the floor of my childhood apartment. When Star Trek: Deep Space Nine rolled around, I was a graduate student at the University of Chicago. I watched the first episode in the basement of my dorm with a dozen other students. A few years later, I was at Ohio State and saw Voyager travel to the Delta Quadrant while sitting on a friend's couch in Columbus, Ohio. And I was thrilled to see the beginnings of Starfleet in Star Trek: Enterprise. At the time, I was just starting out as a game designer, with little to no idea that I'd be jumping into that very universe within several years.

You can read the full letter here.
More about Star Trek Online can be found on our site here
E3 Coverage Wraps Up

Last week we wrapped up our coverage of E3, just in time to begin our coverage of the San Diego Comic Con.

In case you missed it, Carolyn Koh was in Los Angeles representing, where she had the opportunity to talk to the folks from Funcom for an Age of Conan update, chatted with the people behind Runscape, interviewed the folks at Nexon about Maple Story, and took a look at Free Realms.

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The crew has just returned from the San Diego Comic Con and the general consensus is that Stargate Worlds was the highlight of the show.

The Stargate booth was a madhouse, with fans lined up around the corner. You couldn't turn around without seeing some form of advertisement for SGW, in the form of water bottles, t-shirts, and full sized ads covering buses out front. Stargate Worlds also had a heavy presence at the premier of Stargate: Continuum, the latest DVD movie for the franchise, which was held on the USS Midway.

But what's better than all of that is that the folks at FireSky were finally ready to grant us a glimpse of the game, with an in depth look at combat, mini-games, and more.

You can read a report of this Hands On experience or take a look at the article's companion Video. To learn more about Stargate Worlds, and view our continuing coverage of SGW, click here.
The Week that Was
Monday, July 21
Age of Conan - E3 Update

Tuesday, July 22
Runescape - Update from E3

Wednesday, July 23
MapleStory - E3 Interview

Thursday, July 24
Free Realms - An E3 Look at Free Realms

Friday, July 25
Dreamlords: The Reawakening - A Look at Dreamlords
Did You Know?
Did you know that the literal translation for the Klingon word 'Qapla' is 'success'? It is also used as a generic greeting and as a goodbye, because words like 'hello' and 'have a nice day' don't exist in the Klingon language.
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