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.Issue 406, September 21, 2013
Top News of the Week:
Layoffs hit FireFall developer Red 5 Studios this week, resulting in a 10% reduction in the developer's workforce.

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Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is set to shutdown this December.

Read more here.
Blizzard has announced that the real money auction house will be removed from Diablo III.

Read more here.
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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn: Review-in-Progress Pt. 4
We have spent the past three weeks examining different aspects of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. In our final installment of our Review in Progress, we wrap up the weekly series in preparation for next week's official final review. Check out our thoughts on questing, leves, reputation and more.

Like most MMOs Final Fantasy has the dreaded curse of exclamation point quests givers that hang out and idly chit chat at their quest hub until you arrive to save them from the world! But, and this is a big but, a meteoric size but if you will, that is not all. The main storyline quests are exclamation points encircled with a meteor to help them stand out from the pack. While quests are a staple of the A Realm Reborn storyline they are by no means the only form of interaction that your player has with the world. In a previous review we talked about FATEs, the XIV dynamic questing system throughout the world, but there are also leves and heists that you will participate in as you play the game.

You can read part four here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
Warhammer Online: Death Comes to WAR
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is set to shut its doors this December. Join us today as we reflect on the game's tumultuous history and unrealized potential.

Despite the disappointment surrounding these announcements, WAR ended up selling 1.2 million boxes by mid-October that year and was sitting pretty at around 800,000 subscribers. The game reached critical mass so quickly that Mythic made one of their first and most disastrous post-launch mistakes in launching far too many servers to deal with the influx of players. Sure, it helped cool things down in the short term, but in a game that heavily depends on players to drive the war on both sides, this decision was the cause of serious issues over the coming months.

Check out the article here.

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Game of the Week
Aion: Assault on Balaurea is a subscription MMORPG developed by NCsoft. Players step into a role of a character in a world divided between the brave and hardy Asmodians and the winged Elyos, sworn enemies in a celestial war. A third (NPC) race, the dragonlike Balaur, keep the other two races engaged in fighting when they're not fighting each other.

Adventure across the vast world of Atreia, through challenging solo and group dungeons, epic quests, and massive Legion raids, all to ultimately save your world from utter destruction!

Learn more about Aion here, or check out our game list here.
This Week
Monday, September 16
Social Hub: The Impact of Loot

Tuesday, September 17
Matt Miller: My Time with Hearthstone

Wednesday, September 18
Michael Bitton: Making the 'Super Secret Space Project' Great

Thursday, September 19
Camelot Unchained: The Hellbound Class Revealed

Friday, September 20
Shroud of the Avatar: Crowdsourcing the World
Did You Know? has its very own Twitch.TV channel where we regularly stream all sorts of MMO goodness -- including live interviews (and demos) with game developers.

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