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MMORPG.com Newsletter Issue 16, March 6th, 2006
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On February 27th (Monday), EVE Online announced that they had broken yet another Peak Concurrent Users record, clocking an amazing 23,811 players playing the game at the same time, in the same world. They attribute the success to the IBM Dual Processor 64-Bit Opteron Blade Servers.

Read the article here.

On February 28th (Tuesday), Turbine announced that their MMORPG, Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach would be hitting store shelves in the week. Following the launch of the game, MMORPG.com promoted the game’s status to “live”.

Get this story, here.

On March 3rd (Friday), Codemasters announced that they were going to be responsible for the European distribution of Turbine’s game-in-development, Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar.

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Real Name: Donna Jensen

MMORPG.com Ranking: Novice

Current MMOs Played: Puzzle Pirates

Favorite feature of an MMORPG: Being able to solo or group as desired

Something about an MMO (or MMOS) that bugs you: In almost every game I've played, it's nearly always been the lack of customer service that has disgusted me into dropping the game. I have to say, that Everquest is the one game that kept me playing for more than 5 years before I just plain burnt out on it.

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? Would you like to take the time to fill out our Member Profile survey? Just copy the questions above and send it all here!.

Off the Boards... Visit Boards

This week in Off the Boards, we wanted to bring your attention to something a little bit out of the ordinary. Our usual Saturday debate, conducted by Garrett Fuller and Frank Mignone has been taken over by two of our staff writers, Laura Genender and Carolyn Koh. They come together to debate the issue of girl gamers and whether they game in ways that are different from their male counterparts.

The ladies provided a lively back-and-forth debate that can be read, here. Many of our readers, male and female alike, have an opinion on this topic and have started to voice those opinions in our debate thread.

  • Carolyn is absolutely right. My girlfriend plays some of the same games as me but what she like to do in-game and what I like to do are totally different. She was more concerned with what armor looked like rather than what its properties were. – AzRaell33
  • On a serious note, ive found girl gamers to be a lot more competitive then guys in PvP games. Not to mean you will find a lot of girls enjoying PvP, but the ones that DO are extremely competitive. they take losing and winning to heart. – Rayx0r
  • One thing that I see is if girls find other girls playing MMOs, they tend to stay closer. I have seen quite a few Girl Guilds but any that only men can join? People would think it is weird for a man only guild (I know I would, definitely be frightened) but it is different for a Girls guild. – Greatness

Would you like to add your two cents to this excellent debate? Go ahead!

Game of the Week

Game of the week

Last week, the Game of the Week brought you one of the newest games that has been added to our games list, Star Trek Online. This week, we bring you another new game, added to our lists at nearly the same time. That game is Valhyre

Valhyre promises to be a game that is going to put the RP back into MMORPG, as Duck’s Den Productions, the company that is making this game, wants to focus their game on role-playing.

With art assets, both new and purchased from the now-defunct MMORPG, WISH, Valhyre has an interesting look. Also of note is the Bastlur race of dragon people who, judging from the screenshots, have the ability to hover or fly.

One way or the other, Duck’s Den Productions is looking to “create a game world where the actions of the players truly matter.”

Check out a recent Q&A that we conducted with the president of Duck's Den productions! Click here!

More Games
The Week That Was
27 Monday
The Matrix Online: Interview with Dan Myers
28 Tuesday
Hero's Journey: Dev Journal #2
1 Wednesday
Endless Ages: Dev Journal
2 Thursday
EverQuest II: Newbie Experience Report
3 Friday
Dark and Light: Q&A # 10
4 Saturday
Debate: Do Girls Game Differently?
The Week To Come
Schedule subject to change.
6 Monday
Jumpgate: Q&A
7 Tuesday
9 Dragons: Q&A
8 Wednesday
EverQuest: Q&A # 4
9 Thursday
Star Trek Online: Q&A
10 Friday
EQ II: Q&A # 4
11 Saturday
Weekly Debate
12 Sunday
Serialized Fiction: "Neverdie", ch. 4

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