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Issue 161, January 5, 2009
In the news
Last week, Flying Lab Software released the final patch in their efforts to revamp avatar combat in Pirates of the Burning Sea.

Read more here. stated that they are suing NCsoft for patent infringement pertaining to patents held by, specifically a patent tittled "System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space."

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An Ohio teen was recently arrested by local police when he falsely claimed he was suicidal during a conversation with a WoW GM.

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Featred Article: Wrath of the Lich King Review writer Joe Iuliani writes this review of Blizzard's most recent release, the second World of Warcraft expansion, Wrath of the Lich King.

Wrath of the Lich King is $%#@ing AWESOME. There it is folks. Quite frankly that could be enough to say and it would a fair and accurate assessment of the expansion in my opinion.

What more needs to be said about World of Warcraft that folks don't know already? I'll save the readers the tedious ramblings here. The key features of WotLK are the introduction of World of Warcraft's first hero class The Death Knight, ten more levels raising the maximum level to eighty, new PVP zones, and a brand new continent Northrend.

You can read the full review here.
On-Site: Reader's Choice Results

Voting for the 2008 Reader's Choice Awards has closed, the results have been tallied, and we're pleased to announce the winner of the award for Biggest News Story of 2008. Look out for more results and commentary as the week unfolds.

This story was a long one in the making. In March of 2006, Canadian video game developer Bioware announced that they would be opening a new studio, dedicated to building a new MMORPG, in Austin, Texas. The catch was that while MMORPG fans everywhere knew that the popular development studio was working on a game for their genre, they had no idea what that game would be. Needless to say, speculation started almost immediately and from day one, a single popular theory emerged; that the Austin studio was working on an MMORPG adaptation of one of their most popular and critically acclaimed single player titles: Knights of the Old Republic.

Read more about the Biggest News Story of 2008 here.

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This Week's Game of the Week is Lord of the Rings Online: The Mines of Moria.

Turbine's MMORPG adaptation of Tolkien's classic books earns the top honor this week because of the game's popularity with the community, as evidenced by the strong showing made by both the game, and the company behind it, in the 2008 Reader's Choice Awards.

The results of the Reader's Choice Awards haven't been published yet, and we don't want to spoil anyone's surprise, but we can say that Turbine and LotRO made very strong showings in each category in which they were nominated, and they have at least one victory that can be considered a landslide.

Learn more about Lord of the Rings Online: The Mines of Moria, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, December 29
Fiesta Online - An Interview with Victor Wachter

Tuesday, December 30
The Agency - A Day in the Life of an Agency Intern, Part Four

Wednesday, December 31
The Agency - A Day in the Life of an Agency Intern - Final

Thursday, January 1
Happy New Year from everyone at

Friday, January 2
Runes of Magic Apprentice Crafting Guide
Did You Know?

Did You know that the weeks surrounding the Christmas and New Year holidays are generally very slow in terms of MMO news. It's a time when many game developers take a bit of extended time off to recover their creative energy so they can come back in the new year and get back to work creating new games and content for gamers to enjoy. It's also a time when gamers often get a bit of extra free time to dedicate to their game of choice, and not worry about what's going on in the larger gaming world.

During this time there are still news pages to be filled with game related updates, and news managers often have to loosen their definition of what "game related" means. So if anyone was wondering why a story about a teenager in Ohio who made a false suicide threat made it into the newsletter, that's why.

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