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Issue 82, June 25, 2007
In the news
Last week The New York Times published a detailed article looking at the lives of goldsellers living in Nanjing, China.

Read more here.
Last week CCP successfully launched the Revelations II, the latest expansion for EVE Online.

Read about the expansion here.
Rapid Reality announced the release of Phylon, their sci-fi themed action MMO.

Read more about Phylon here.
Get more news on our site here!
Blog Spotlight member Neschira posted a new entry in her blog, Tastes Gamey" on June 22nd. This entry deals with her feelings about player naming conventions in MMORPGs:

And then there are those games that have no naming policy or policing at all. I am sure you know what I am talking about if you've found yourself in the company of illustrious heroes that are named things like "killu4fun" and "xXStarstrike87Xx". I am not one of those hardcore immersion fanatics, but even I find those a little jarring.

Read the whole blog here.

I roll my eyes just a little when I see a "NounVerber" or "VerbingNoun" name. You know, names like "Moonsinger" or "Flowingfire". They don't really bug or bother me. It's just a little formulaic. I really do enjoy a clever, funny, or goofy name, though, even if it is a Nounverber or a VerbingNoun sort. user, Vindicoth, has updated his blog, "Geekspace" with a new post titled, "Revolutionary vs. Evolutionary, why both are good". In it, he compares the approaches for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, and Age of Conan:

First off, I'd like to address the whole why a game must be Revolutionary to be next gen. Many new MMORPGS will be hitting the market within the year, and some are trying the Revolutionary approach, and some the Evolutionary approach. The two most hyped are probably Age of Conan and Warhammer: Age of Reckoning.

Read the whole blog here.
On-Site: Podcast and Contests
This week on Game/On co-hosts Jon Wood and Keith Cross discuss the various perspectives on non-disclosure agreements, EULAs and the beta phase of development.

Check out the Podcast here.

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On Monday, June 18th, published our review of Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. Staff Writer Donna Desborough had the task of evaluating Turbine's effort at translating the classic novels into MMORPG form, and she didn't seem dissapointed. The game walked away with an 8.5 rating (the highest this site has given since 2003). Here's a sample of what she had to say:

Lord of the Rings Online has set the MMO world on its ear.

The quest system as a whole is rather good. Even though it carries the same stigma as other MMOs, you'll find the stories associated with them a little more engaging.

The landscape of Eriador is beautiful.

Personally, I think everyone should try this game out at least once.

Learn more about Lord of the Rings Online, here, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, June 18
Lord of the Rings Online Review

Tuesday, June 19
A Look at the Shores of Evendim

Wednesday, June 20
Gods and Heroes: Environmental Art Style Dev Journal

Thursday, June 21
What's So Great About Dungeon Runners?

Friday, June 22
The Chronicles of Spellborn: Attributes
Did You Know?
Phylon, the name of the new MMO from Rapid Reality, comes from the Greek word for tribe.
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