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Issue 173, March 30, 2009
In the news
NDOORS announced that they are currently working on a major update for Atlantica Online which will add player housing, 100 vs. 100 PvP, and a new PvP server where players from any server can battle each other.

Read more here.
CCP announced the dates for this year's EVE Fanfest, calling EVE enthusiasts to return to Reykjavik from October 1st to 3rd, a month earlier than Fanfests of years past.

Read more here.
Sanrio Digital announced a partnership with Aeria Games & Entertainment to launch Hello Kitty Online in North America.

Read more here.
Get more news on our site here!
Featured Blog: Paragus Rants on War and Alliances in Darkfall
Since the writing of my last entry, massive battles have broken out across Agon, and with these battles, the formation of alliances are starting to shape the political landscape. In a previous entry, I mentioned the web of guild relations and the possibility of a political map to help everyone understand it. Apparently the Darkfall community has decided to take matters into their own hands and we are starting to see the community try to understand where the lines are drawn.

When you look at the larger map (Special thanks to Venatar from Societas Daemonica) , you can see the workings of what appears to be geopolitical relationships in some areas of the world. Specifically, the 4 sub-continents seems to have certain guilds who are working together in alliance to either fully control certain land masses, or who are bent on conquering them by driving off other guilds.

You can read Paragus Rants on War and Alliances in Darkfall.
More Blogs can be found on our site here
On-Site: GDC Coverage
In this article, Managing Editor Jon Wood updates our community on some of the things that they have seen or learned while at GDC in San Francisco, including looks at Aion, Fallen Earth, Jumpgate Evolution, Earthrise and more!

Well, it's been an interesting couple of days here at the 2009 Game Developer's Conference. I'm excited to report that it's been a busy show and that we've seen a pretty wide variety of games and talked to a lot of interesting people. Over the next week or so (starting when we get home on Monday), we'll be releasing a ton of video interviews covering a wide range of games. I thought though, with the bulk of our interviews behind us, that I would write this article as an overview of some of the important or interesting things that we've learned or seen while we've been here.

Read Jon's summary here, and keep checking our video section as we'll be adding new interviews, guides, and trailers all week.

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This week's game of the Week is Global Agenda.

Global agenda is one of several upcoming games which melds the concept of the persistent worlds of MMOs with the fast paced gameplay of a shooter. Throw in polished graphics, a territorial control system, and jetpacks and you have a formidable game indeed.

At GDC we had the opportunity to get some hands on time with the game's character generator and tutorial, as well as some time playing with the game's combat system. Unfortunately they weren't yet ready to show off Global Agenda to the gaming public, so we don't have any video footage. But I can say that is was the funnest demo I took part in at GDC.

Learn more about Global Agenda, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, March 23
Lord of the Rings Online - Playing the Auction House - How to Sell

Tuesday, March 24
Atlantica Online - Making a Strategic Game - Planning Ahead

Wednesday, March 25
World of Warcraft - Moonkins Created By Nature, Adored by Blizzard

Thursday, March 26
Crimecraft - GDC First Look

Friday, March 27
Global Agenda - GDC Screenshots
Did You Know?
Did you know that Simutronics' Hero engine will Power Bioware's upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO? Hero Engine was originally supposed to be used only for the company's MMO project, Hero's Journey but has since turned into a fully marketed game engine.
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