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Issue 250, September 13, 2010
In the news
Capitalizing on the success of the DDO Free to Play re-launch, Turbine re-launched The Lord of the Rings Online using the same hybrid Free-to-Play/Subscription based model this week.

Read more here.
NCsoft deployed the massive "Assault on Balaurea" update to Aion's live server's this week.

Read more here.
Nexon announced that the next phase of Vindictus beta testing will kick off on September 15th, 2010.

Read more here.
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Bigfoot Networks Killer 2100 NIC Review
In her latest hardware review, correspondent Carolyn Koh takes a look at the BigFoot Networks "Killer" Network Interface Card (NIC).

The Killer NIC 2100 recently dropped its price from $129.99 to $89.99 - a far more palatable price point than what it debuted at (about half) several years ago, and it works.

You can read the full article here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
Guild Wars 2: Content Interview
At PAX,'s Garrett Fuller sat down with Jeff Grubb (Lead Content Designer), Colin Johanson (Lead Content Designer), and Leah Rivera (Content Designer) to talk about Guild Wars 2. In the interview, the team touches on the personality system and World vs. World PvP.

The biggest challenge as a content designer is having to limit myself to things that are possible within the game engine. We do have a really broad set of tools but sometimes you have to find the short cut. If you have a good idea, you need to find what tools out of the set that I have can I use to implement this?

-Leah Rivera

Check out the interview here.

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This week's Game of the Week is All Points Bulletin. We chose it, not only because it was the only major title to have launched in the last few months, but also because of the polarizing effect that the game seems to have been having on players.

Like it or not really does take on a whole new meaning when it comes to a game that has players either singing its praises or damning it as "another failure" with very little in between.

For those who may have been living under a rock on in a cave for the last few months, Realtime Worlds' foray into the MMO realm has arrived in the form of a cops and robbers style game that features driving, third person shooting action, and one of the most detailed character creators ever to see the light of day for MMOs.

The game's non-traditional approach to nearly everything from design to payment model has left some players buzzing and others tossing it in the bin.

Learn more about APB here, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, September 6
SWTOR: PAX Interview

Tuesday, September 7
Vindictus: A Look Ahead

Wednesday, September 8
SWTOR: PAX Prime Wrap-Up

Thursday, September 9
Fighting Talk: DAOC vs. WAR

Friday, September 10
LOTRO: Aaron Campbell F2P Interview
Did You Know?

Are you a Mac fan? Do you play iPhone or iPad games? Did you know that has a sister site in the form of, a site dedicated to gaming using Apple's various platforms? provides news about and reviews of not only popular OSX games, but games built for the ever growing market in iPhones and iPads.

We're very excited about it and we think you should be too, so if you've got a few extra minutes head on over to

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