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Issue 249, September 6, 2010
In the news
Details on the DDO's upcoming Half-Elf and Half-Orc playable races were revealed last week.

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Despite an announcement that the Final Fantasy XIV beta would be delayed with no new date provided, the FFXIV open beta began on time last week.

Read more here.
Mythic Entertainment revealed details on the upcoming "RvR Pack" for Warhammer Online, which among other things, allows players to play as the rat-like Skaven race.

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). Carolyn takes the challenge that BigFoot offers gamers: Improved network performance and reduced lag in online games. Does the Killer NIC measure up? Read Carolyn's review to find out.

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. Consensus among other hardware reviewers is that improvements are more dramatic for gamers with PCs of middling specs. Now it is up to you, dear reader, to decide if the improvement is worth the cost. For me and my dodgy internet connection? Totally worth it.

You can read the full article here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
Fighting Words: EQ2 vs Vanguard Pt. 1
Last week's World of Warcraft vs Lord of the Rings Online was a hit in Adam Tingle's new column, Fighting Words. This week, Adam pits two Sony Online Entertainment heavy-hitters against one another: Everquest 2 and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. Adam's comparison of areas such as Player Characters, Community and "Everquest-ness" is so extensive that we've divided the fight into two rounds. Read Round One today and come back in a few days for Round Two of Everquest II vs Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.

Today, dear reader, the very contents of this article will force me to go into hiding after its publication. Just which Sony Online Entertainment game is better? Just which makes use of Brad McQuaid's imagination best? Perhaps it is the golden child EverQuest 2? Or maybe it is the slightly scruffy and under supported Vanguard?

Check out the article here.

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This week's Game of the Week is Bioware's upcoming MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and why not? After all, the upcoming Star Wars MMO (the second, historically), is one of the most talked about upcoming games not only within the MMO genre, but in all of gaming.

With Bioware's reputation as a first class developer of single player RPGs, many video gamers find themselves wondering how the company will handle the challenge presented in the realm of multiplayer games.

With more and more information being leaked out about this game all the time, the opinions are coming in from all sides with players weighing in. Some would like to see the game more closely resemble the sandbox style of the original Star Wars Galaxies while others are looking forward to a near perfect continuation of Bioware's success with their previous Knights of the Old Republic title.

As information leans us more toward the latter than the former, it will be interesting to see what players think as this game comes closer and closer to launch.

Learn more about The Old Republic here, or check out our game list here.

The Week that Was
Monday, August 30
Questions About F2P Conversions

Tuesday, August 31
Guild Wars 2: GC '10: Did ArenaNet Walk the Walk?

Wednesday, September 1
DCUO: A Basic Recap of DCUO

Thursday, September 2
Fighting Words: EQ2 vs. Vanguard Pt. 2

Friday, September 3
WH40k: Tim Campbell Interview
Did You Know?

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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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