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MMORPG.com Newsletter Issue 28, May 29th, 2006
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On May 23rd, ArenaNet announced that their game, Guild Wars Factions, the second in the Guild Wars series, had become a #1 seller in North America and Europe. The numbers were posted for the week of April 23rd to April 30th of this year.

Read the Article, here.

On May 24th, Sony Online Entertainment announced that they would be pairing up with Boston Red Sox pitcher, Curt Schilling to raise money in-game for ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Schilling, an EverQuest II player himself, will appear in-game as a villainous character for players to kill.

Read the Article, here.

On Saturday, A Tale in the Desert launched the third version of their game. They tout this version as containing over 100 changes from A Tale in the Desert II. This includes a new Event System, Principles, The Discipline of Harmony, Unlockable Everything and Regional Chat.

Read the Article, here.

From the Library More Reviews

Back in January of this year, our own Staff Writer and new Game/On Podcast Co-Host, Garrett Fuller, sat down and penned us a review of the Disney MMORPG, Toontown Online. Toontown is an MMO that is geared toward a younger audience, but Fuller explains how the game is compatible with adults as well. In his review, Fuller gave the game a 7.5 / 10, with the highest marks going to value, customer service and the ever-important community. Speaking of community, our have given the game a 7.7, slightly higher than that of our reviewer.

Here are some highlights from the review:

  • You play a cartoon character of your own choosing and are on a mission to save Toontown from the greedy suit and tie robots known as the Cogs. As you are helped along the way by your fellow players and the characters of classic Disney cartoons, you fight Cogs by throwing pies, squirting water, or dropping weights on their heads.
  • For kids it is wonderful to run into these [Disney] characters in their various playgrounds and have them address players by name.
  • One of the great parts of Toontown is that the characters begins with so much. You start with an estate which will include the houses of all your characters on the account. This is fun for players to go to and rest up, gathering ice cream cones to restore Laff points for healing.
  • Whether it is racing or Trolley Games or fighting Cogs the tutorial is easy and the game gets you started right away.
  • The graphics of Toontown are simply cartoonish, but that is the point. The looks of the toons you can create are fun, but the only real variety came from the face and head.
  • Any parent will know why I score Toontown a ten on value. The value is that it keeps kids active in a fun environment that they can enjoy with their friends from home.
  • I will say that Toontown Online is a great game for kids to get started in. While the game may not hold the same appeal for hardcore gamers, it still holds all the basic elements of a fun online game.

    You can read Garrett's entire, comprehensive review of this game, here.

  • On-Site Visit Boards

    This week, MMORPG.com released the May Finale version of the official MMORPG.com podcast, Game/On.

    This week, we say goodbye to co-host Michael Hampden as he leaves to pursue a job within the industry. We also welcome our new co-host, Garrett Fuller, a long-time game and staff writer who has graciously offered to join Jon in hosting the podcast.

    As always, the month-end show delivers some interesting discussion between the three hosts as well as an interview. Jon, Garrett and Michael talk about their experiences at E3, and Mike interviews both people standing in the excessively long line to play the Nintendo Wii, as well as Jeremy and Kyle from the popular web-show PurePwnage.com.

    You can listen to the podcast, here.

    Comment on the show, here.

    Game of the Week

    Game of the week

    This week, our Game of the Week is NP3's Dark and Light, This game has been surrounded by controversy for some time now, since the game’s prequel, Settlers of Ganareth failed to meet some player’s expectations. The game, however, has persevered, and is looking at a launch date of this Tuesday, May 30th.

    Dark and Light calls itself: “a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game in real time 3D in a persisting virtual universe. The players can meet from all over the world on our servers to create and to make their character progress... But DnL wants to be more than that. This game gives a life frame to the players, where they will be able to spend time with their community, but I better ask the conceivers his views.”

    Recently, our own Dana Massey sat down with Lead Designer Stephane Quilichini for an interview about the game where, among other things, he outlines the game’s unique pricing plan. You can read that article, here.

    More Games
    The Week That Was
    22 Monday
    Warhammer Online: Games Workshop Q&A
    23 Tuesday
    Hero's Journey: Dev journal
    24 Wednesday
    Huxley: E3 Preview
    25 Thursday
    Project Wiki: E3 Preview
    26 Friday
    Game/On: May Finale
    27 Saturday
    Hero Online: Dev Journal
    The Week To Come
    Schedule subject to change.
    29 Monday
    Dungeons and Dragons Online: Review
    30 Wednesday
    Hero Online: Dev Journal
    31 Wednesday
    The Chronicles of Spellborn: Dev Journal
    1 Thursday
    Silkroad Online: Q&A
    2 Friday
    The Saga of Ryzom Re-Review
    3 Saturday
    Editorial Debate
    4 Sunday
    "Neverdie", Chapter Seven

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