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MMORPG.com Newsletter Issue 14, February 20th, 2006
In the News Visit Library

On February 13th (Friday), some exciting news came out of Turbine’s Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach. On that date, the company announced that their game, the first MMORPG to be based on the popular en and paper franchise, had gone gold.

Read the article here.

Also on February 13th (Monday), the controversial game, Star Wars: Galaxies released its two producer’s letters for the month. If you’re interested at all in the recent saga that has been Star Wars: Galaxies, these are two documents that you do not want to miss.

Get this story, here and here.

On February 16th (Thursday), a game seemed to get a second chance at life. Early on in the new year, Smiling Gator Productions had announced that they were closing their doors. On Thursday, they announced that the game seems to have gained a second life.

To get the news, click here.
From the Editor More Reviews

Well folks, it’s that time of week again when I have a chance to speak to you all. As always, let me that you personally for being a part of the MMORPG.com community. We truly value you, our readers, and try to do everything in our power to bring you the best in MMORPG coverage.

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As always, the editor would love to hear from you about just about anything. Do you have a particular gripe about a game? Maybe something you enjoyed? Write a "letter to the editor". Do you have something that you would like to see in an upcoming newsletter? Send it all to Stradden@mmorpg.com.

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This week, continuing their weekly series of debates, staff writers Garrett and Frank are back and talking about role playing in MMORPGs. What’s the point? Should there even be dedicated RP servers? Is it possible to properly role play in MMORPGs as they are today? Those are just some of the questions that they guys try to answer in their debate.

As usual, we give our readers a chance to get in on the action. The poll for this week’s debate asks the question: “Do you want to see more role-playing in MMORPGs?” As of Sunday, February 19th, our readers have clocked in 95 votes and currently the yes side is soundly thrashing the no voters. Follow the link at the bottom and cast your vote!

Here is what some of our readers are saying about the debate:

  • Roleplaying will never be as big as people want it to be in an mmorpg until roleplaying somehow changes the game world. If the devs can figure that out, it will be quite a nice change. But until then, it's not even worth the effort. – joeballs
  • I do not think that games like WoW are the most shining examples of RP, because yes, the rules do not give you as much flexibility as other systems do. But that doesn't mean the idea itself is flawed, or doomed to failure. – nightrose
  • The reason I (and most people) play those games is to not have to Think. To have a story unravel before them with the possibility to make some small choices that affect it. It's called passive entertainment. There is plenty of RP in most RPGs. The problem is that most games aren't immersive enough. - Myrdek
  • Roleplaying exists in all MMORPGS, whether we notice it or not. The main problem with MMORPGS today is that roleplaying is not integrated enough into the environments in order to 'force' people to see it or use it, in a fun way of course. – Thethrax

Would you like to add your two cents to this excellent debate? Give it a read first!!

Go ahead and add your thoughts to the debate, click here!

Game of the Week

Game of the week
This week’s Game of the Week is the ever-controversial Star Wars: Galaxies. Whether you like it, or hate it, you have to admit that SWG has caused a lot of controversy throughout not only the gaming world, but the mainstream media as well.

Based on the extremely popular Star Wars Franchise, this game was highly anticipated and hyped throughout its development phase. Producers and developers, however, saw post-launch problems with the game, and made changes in both the CU (Combat Update) and the NGE (New Game Experience).

After dramatically altering their game, some customers have blasted Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts. The general consensus at MMORPG.com has been in expressing frustration at the changes. While that seems to be the general feeling, there are still those who support the right of Galaxies developers to change their product in any way that they see fit, and others who enjoy the altered game more than before.

The question that we pose to you, the readers, is not whether or not the adjustments have bettered the game, but whether or not a developer has the right to make a severe overhaul of their game post-launch.

Let us know what you think!

Read the most recent SWG Producer's Letter

More Games
The Week That Was
13 Monday
Jumpgate: Developer Journal
14 Tuesday
Hero's Journey: Q&A #15
15 Wednesday
Pirates of the Burning Sea: Dev Journal #7
16 Thursday
DDO: Q&A #9
17 Friday
EVE Online: Interview with Nathan Richardsson
18 Saturday
Debate: The RPG in MMORPG
19 Sunday
Neverdie, ch. 2
The Week To Come
Schedule subject to change.
20 Monday
Pirates of the Burning Sea: Visit Report, Part I
21 Tuesday
Pirates of the Burning Sea: Visit Report, Part II
22 Wednesday
Star Wars Galaxies Q&A
23 Thursday
City of Villains Q&A
24 Friday
EverQuest II Q&A
25 Saturday
Weekly Debate: Garrett vs. Frank
26 Sunday
Serialized Fiction: "Neverdie", ch. 3

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