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MMORPG.com Newsletter Issue 36, July 24th, 2006
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On July 20th, Funcom announced that they had signed a deal with Toyota to bring interactive in-game advertisement to Anarchy Online. The advertisements will appear as interactive billboards that give players a peek at the new Toyota Yaris. As with all advertisements in Anarchy Online, these ads are limited to the free version.

Read the news item, here.

On July 19th, the Cartoon Network announced that it had paired up with Korean game company, Gringon Entertainment, to begin development of a Cartoon Network based MMORPG. This new MMORPG will be aimed at children and feature some characters from the television network’s most popular shows.

You can read the release here.

On Friday, it was announced that EI Interactive had purchased Horizons: Empire of Istaria. The new owners say that, “The quality of the Horizons community and the potential of the Istaria world defines this game as a flagship property.”

EI Interactive is also runs Savage Eden in North America.

You can read the press release here and then check out our exclusive interview with EI owner Ed Andercheck and Tulga CEO David Bowman.

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Horizons: Two Reviews

With the recent announcement of the sale of Horizons: Empire of Istaria, it seemed like as good a time as any to take a look back to our most recent review of Horizons. Richard Duffek originally reviewed the game in February of 2004. A re-review was filed by Jon Wood in August of 2005.

Back in 2004, Duffek scored the game a 7.3 with the high score going to role-playing, which received a 9/10. Wood’s highest score was a full 10/10 in community. On the flip side of things, Duffek felt that the game’s customer service deserved only a 5, his lowest score, while Wood’s lowest score landed in the Performance/Lag category also at a 5.

Below, you’ll find comments from each reviewer:

  • Duffek: The graphics in Horizons really cover both ends of the spectrum. There are some absolutely beautifully done things in the game and some other things that look like they just got lost in the shuffle.
  • Wood: Honestly, there was a lot that I found intriguing about the look of Horizons. The first thing that I have to say about it is that the graphics are, unfortunately, a little bit outdated.
  • Duffek: [On Role-Playing] This is one area where I think Horizons really stands out. There is a really well developed storyline for the game.
  • Wood: The character creation process is quite good. I was a little bit pleased to find that I was able to create a bipedal creature that I felt looked unique

Today, the game's future is murky. With a new company at the helm, some changes will assuredly be made, although EI says they're committed to the spirit of the game. It should be interesting to find out how that next review will compare with these two from our library.

You can read Wood's review, here.

You can read Duffek's review, here.

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Game/On and a Contest

This week, MMORPG.com released another episode of their official podcast, Game/On, with co-hosts Jon Wood (News Editor / Community Manager) and Garrett Fuller (Staff Writer).

This time out, Garrett and Jon sit down and talk about weekend events, SOE in the news and the effect of in-game advertising.

Remember to check the Game/On Homepage every Friday for new content!

Also, the good folks over at A Tale in the Desert, have announced a competition being held on the forums at MMORPG.com. This new writing contest, titled “My Tale” asks players to submit their own works of fiction.

You can find more on the competition, here!

Game of the Week

Game of the week

This week’s Game of the Week is arguably the most popular MMORPG in history. Blizzard’s World of WarCraft.

This game boasts over 6,000,000 players worldwide, and has been localized into a number of different languages. The game itself has an almost cartoonish quality to its visuals, that is very consistent with the art of the franchise as inspired by the RTS incarnations of Azeroth in Warcraft I-III.

Fans proclaim this fantasy MMORPG to be the pinacle of the genre. So much so that it has become a popular pastime on forums everywhere to speculate as to what game will topple the giant from its throne and become the “WoW killer”.

What's more, the game has found a home in popular culture, with celebrities like Dave Chapelle (The Dave Chapelle Show) and Brendan Routh (Superman) having acknowledged that wander the lands of Azeroth.

You can read more about World of WarCraft, click here.

More Games
The Week That Was
17 Monday
RAN Online: Interview
18 Tuesday
Carpe Diem: Background Story
19 Wednesday
EverQuest: Progression Server Q&A #3
20 Thursday
Editorial: Improved Faction System
21 Friday
Horizons: Interview
22 Saturday
Debate: Secondary Market
23 Sunday
Editorial Debate

Every Saturday, we present an editorial debate that pits two or more of our writers against each other, tackling some of the hottest topics in the MMORPG industry.

This week, Dan Fortier and Jeremy Starley tackle one of the most talk-about issues in MMOs; the Secondary Market. Who is to blame for the in-game damage caused by the practice of using real-world money to purchase in-game items, gold and characters? Is anyone?

Every week, our readers read the debate and create one of their own, taking up the fight where our writers leave off. Because everyone has an opinion on these hot topics, we encourage you to tell us what you think.

Read the latest debate, here.

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