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Issue 95, September 24, 2007
In the news
Perpetual Entertainment announced last week that they would be reducing the size of the Gods and Heroes development team, and that the release of G&H will be delayed until early 2008.

Read the full story here.
Last week it was reported that Richard Garriott may be headed into orbit to spend a week onboard the International Space Station in the fall of 2008. NCsoft is said to be considering sponsoring the trip as part of a Tabula Rasa promotion.

Read the full story here.
Last week we reported on a man in china who apparently dropped dead after a 3 day gaming binge, although reports of the incident were vague on a number of details.

Read more here.
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Blog Spotlight

In blogger Nicod3mus's blog he writes "Mindless banter about MMORPG's and any other game I feel like talking about." In his most recent blog he discusses why his guild left Lineage II, and his opinions on the state of the current MMO market.

Since leaving Lineage 2 we have been bouncing around like lost souls. I have been playing MMORPG's religious since the first generation came out and yet I can't find one worth playing since L2. Tried Auto Assault, Archlord, Vanguard, 2Moons, Rappelz, Sword of the New World, and Pirates of the Burning best a mediocre title among those.

Will Age of Conan give us a third gen MMORPG worth playing...I think it might. I have pretty high hopes for Darkfall Online as well. As for a sleeper I would go with The Chronicles of Spellborn. We have been begging for something worth playing for so long that honestly I don't get my hopes up anymore.

You can read the entire Blog here.
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On-Site: Game/On
This week on Game/On,'s weekly podcast, co-hosts Jon Wood and Keith Cross discuss recent news in the MMO world including Richard Garriott's planned trip to space and the revelation that Realm vs. Realm is a trademarked term.

Check out the Podcast here.

Visit our boards today! Community Manager Laura Genender has been playing the beta for Tabula Rasa, the upcoming MMORPG that melds an FPS feel with RPG mechanics, for some time now, and now she shares first impressions of the game with us.

Every time you reach a class change level, you are allowed to create one "clone" of your character - an exact copy of your current character (minus gear) including flags, missions completed, skills, and levels.

In Tabula Rasa, all players start as "recruits." At level 5 you choose whether to follow the Soldier or the Specialist branch - Soldiers are damage dealers and tanks, while Specialists stick to support roles.

For lack of a better term, there's no "addiction" factor - it's a lot like a flash puzzle game that you play once or twice, but don't make a daily habit of visiting.

Read the full preview here, or check out our game list here.

The Week that Was
Monday, September 17
Horizons: Ownership Change Interview

Tuesday, September 18
Beyond the MMORPG: Battlefield 2142

Wednesday, September 19
Fury Developer Chat

Thursday, September 20
Tabula Rasa: Beta Preview

Friday, September 21
Tour of NCsoft's Austin Offices
Did You Know?
Did you know that last week's incident was not the first case of death by gaming. There have been several reported deaths over the years, including the well known story of a South Korean man who died after playing Starcraft for 50 hours back in 2005.
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