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Issue 178, May 4, 2009
In the news
Free Realms, SOE's new MMO aimed primarily at a younger audience launched last week.

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True Games announced the start of the closed beta test for Warrior Epic.

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The folks at Wurm Online have announced that they will be adding a new non-pvp server to the game at some point in the near future.

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Featured Article: Top Ten Games That Should Be MMOs Managing Editor Jon Wood counts down the Top 10 video games that should be made into MMOs.

The game World of Warcraft has become synonymous with the MMORPG genre, and why shouldn't it? The game's subscriptions numbers speak volumes, its boxes dominate shelves in video game stores, TV shows parody it while its commercials run on another channel. The reasons for WoW's dominance in the video game industry are many and varied and could be debated for hours. One thing that can not be argued though is that Warcraft's popularity as a pre existing video game franchise played a role.

With that in mind, presents a list of the top ten video games that should be made into MMOs...

You can read the full article here.
Featured Column: Richard Aihoshi - F2P Isn't A Dirty Word
Knee jerking in unison is one of the reactions I'm used to seeing when I talk about the free to play MMOG category in a manner that isn't derogatory. So it came as no surprise that some of the posts in the discussion following my column last week were like that. You may know the kind from seeing them there or elsewhere. They basically say F2Ps suck while providing no real basis to support simultaneously tarring hundreds of diverse titles with the same proverbial brush. Some say they've tried a couple, but others...

These people are, of course, entitled to have and to express opinions that diverge from my own. Indeed, I've taken part in many sessions that were highly enjoyable because they involved looking into and even vigorously debating differing points of view. But I've never truly understood the kind of knee-jerk reactions that often happen in the F2P area, and that do nothing to promote constructive, thoughtful, interesting exchanges. So, I'd like to set a couple of things straight about some of the ways people react.

You can read the full article here.

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This week's Game of the Week is The Chronicles of Spellborn.

The Chronicles of Spellborn has gained a fair amount of attention for several of its unique game systems, such as the combat system, which allows players a great deal of freedom in how they set up and use their powers, and is more twitch based than most MMOs, lacking auto attacks and requiring manual targeting.

TCoS has also gained attention because of the game's art style and direction. Spellborn has a visual style that is reminiscent of a cross between old European architecture and a Tim Burton movie, where most of the game's buildings lack straight lines.

Spellborn launched in Europe at the end of 2008, and landed on North American shores just over a week ago.

Learn more about The Chronicles of Spellborn, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, April 27
Darkfall - Etiquette Tips

Tuesday, April 28
EVE Online - A Brief Look at Social Manipulation in Eve Online

Wednesday, April 29
DC Universe - Doomsday Unveiled

Thursday, April 30
Star Wars: The Old Republic - Questions From A Gamer

Friday, May 1
CitiesXL - Studio Visit Game Preview
Did You Know?
Did you know that we have plenty of great weekly columns here at Dana Massey looks at the way things are and the way they could be in his column Why Not?, Jess Lebow shares his take on story in MMOs with MMO Story Hour, Richard Aihoshi keeps tabs on free to play games with the Free Zone, and Sanya Weathers picks up the stories that fall through the cracks when she looks at the MMO Underbelly.
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