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Issue 158, December 15, 2008
In the news
Infogrames Entertainment has purchased Cryptic Studios, the developer which created City of Heroes, and who is currently working on Champions Online, Star Trek Online, and a third unannounced project, for $28 Million plus an extra $20 Million in potential sales incentives.

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CCP notified EVE players last week of a starbase exploit which allowed some corporations and alliances to produce large amounts of high end T2 production materials. As a result of the exploit's discovery, over 70 accounts were banned, and CCP says that "the effects on the markets have been considerable and far reaching."

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SOE announced the implementation of Station Cash, their new virtual currency, in EverQuest and EverQuest II.

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Featured Article: WAR - A Talk about 1.1 Open RvR Managing Editor Jon Wood had the chance recently to sit down and speak with the folks from Mythic Entertainment about last week's update 1.1 and specifically about the changes that were made to the Open RvR system. In this interview, the team discusses the changes, ORvR vs. scenarios, their intentions for feature balance and more.

Patch 1.1a, the biggest update to Mythic Entertainment's Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning since the game's launch back in September, has made a number of additions to the game, including: the introduction of two of the four classes that didn't make the cut at the game's original launch, new open RvR rewards, scaled difficulty public quests, and quite a bit more.

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to sit down with a number of developers from WAR to talk about the changes to the game. In Part one of the interview, we talked about the changes to open field RvR.

"We're very confident that this will be an even better version of Warhammer Online, Post 1.1," said Associate Producer Josh Drescher when asked how 1.1 would impact the game. "We're very excited about the positive response that we've been getting."

You can read the full article here.
On-Site: Reader's Choice Awards

The Reader's Choice Awards are now in full swing. In the final award category for Best Overall Game we've opened up the voting to include our entire list of launched and currently active tittles. So head on over and let us know which game made you happily waste the most hours of your time this year.

Vote for the Best Overall Game of 2008.

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This Week's game of the Week is Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.

This much talked about, much hyped game finally launched back in September, unleashing the forces of Order and Chaos on the Warhammer universe like never before. Since then, the game has managed to make its way on to the short list for game of the year, best new game, or whatever they call their year end review of the year that was in gaming, of every major publication that covers the MMO genre.

This week WAR made headlines when they re-introduced two classes, the Knight of the Blazing Sun and the Black Guard, which were originally cut from the launch line-up along with two other classes and four capitol cities.

Last week's patch also brought with it the Open Realm vs Real Influence System, which rewards players for participating in oRvR, and functions in a way similar to the influence System for Public Quests.

Learn more about Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, here, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, December 8
Lord of the Rings Online - Making and Keeping Silver in your 20s

Tuesday, December 9
EVE Online - PvP Guide Part II: Communication

Wednesday, December 10
World of Warcraft - Death Knight Overview

Thursday, December 11
Final Fantasy XI - Final Fantasy FanFest Updates

Friday, December 12
Warhammer Online : Age of Reckoning - A Talk about 1.1 Open RvR
Did You Know?
Did you know that the two classes that remain cut from Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning are the Dwarf Hammerer, and the Orc Choppa? There is still no official word as to whether these classes will ever make it into the game, or if they'll be replaced with something else.
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