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Cryptic Studios has just released the minimum and recommended system requirements for their upcoming MMORPG, Star Trek Online. The game is set for release in February, and whether you are a Star Trek fan or not, this MMO looks like it’s worth trying.

Beam me up Scotty! I’m ready for the technical bits.



Today publisher Atari announced that Cryptic Studios’ upcoming MMO Star Trek Online will hit North America on February 2.

According to Jim Wilson, CEO of Atari: “Star Trek Online is poised to become the ultimate Star Trek gaming experience. Throughout the last four decades, Star Trek has been a mainstay in pop culture, influencing legions of fans through television, film, and more. Star Trek Online opens a whole new chapter and expands upon this incredible universe in 2010.” Read more… »


Today, Blizzard expanded their online WoW Shop to include purchasable pets, putting up the “Pandaren Monk Charity Pet”, and “Lil’ K.T., the Littlest Lich”.

Both pets go for a small sum of $10. Will you be getting one?



The latest update to Warhammer Online, patch 1.3.2, went live on the 30th of October. Previously, players would be limited to a ten day trial before their account would be locked, forcing them to either stop or pay to continue.

Although you are now able to play for an unlimited amount of time, characters are unable to move past tier one progression (level 1 – 10).  Therefore, what other unique updates has the game brought for its remaining fans?



The state of balance between classes in World of Warcraft is something I have always pondered on. Finding constructive and concise arguments, with suggestions on improving its state, are an extreme rarity.

Class power has a huge effect on the realm they play in. Many people create alternate characters, seeking something different, and in my experience this is usually based on the easiest to play, or the best damage per second (DPS).



As October starts coming to a close, one thing tends to be on every one’s mind, Halloween. This spooky holiday also seems to have NCsoft captivated . The developer/producer is planning Halloween themed events across all six of its active Western titles.

The world of Guild Wars will see the return of the Mad King Thorn. Lineage II players are going to have to deal with Scarecrow Jack. Gamers who are still playing the first Lineage will be treated to a costume party. The City of Heroes is going to have to unite against a Halloween Apocalypse. The Mechnaughts of Exteel are getting a spooky orange and purple paint scheme. In NCsoft’s newest title Aion, the Asmodians will host a Wild hunt, where as the Elyos have to stave off a zombie invasion.

To get a more detaiedl description of each event, hit the jump.



On the 15th of October, Mythic Entertainment released a new patch to improve the game play of their MMORPG, Warhammer Online. The patch is huge with over 44 sub-sections to the notes.

Included with the patch notes are three major improvements: Realm vs Realm enhancements, New User Journey and the Apprenticeship System. These changes to the game are primarily designed to make it more accessible for people starting or returning to Warhammer Online.



The MMORPG industry is ever growing, with many new titles being added to the genre each year. I consider myself to be a veteran MMO player, but I know there are many more people out there, with experience vastly superior to mine.

I want to delve into the last 10 years of the industry and find out what makes it tick, what has changed, and if the framework is still the same, so join me, after the break! Read more… »


Today developer Vogster Entertainment announced that its recently released MMO shooter CrimeCraft will be receiving a revamped subscription model.

Said to arrive later this month, the updated payment plan offers gamers an unlimited free trial that contains the “major features of the game.” Vogster has yet to state what features will be disabled in the free version.

To see the other payment plans, hit the jump. Read more… »


Today developer Turbine announced that its upcoming digital expansion for The Lord of the Rings Online, dubbed “Siege of Mirkwood,” will arrive December 1. In the same press release, Turbine also unveiled The Lord of the Rings Online Adventurer’s Pack.

For those of you who don’t know, the Siege of Mirkwood expansion will raise the level cap to 65 as well as open up new areas to explore east of the Misty Mountains. The digital expansion will also add new raids and a new “skirmishes” mode, which acts like a randomized instance generator. The Siege of Mirkwood expansion is currently priced at $19.99.

To find out what the Adventurer’s Pack is and to see what deals Turbine is offering, hit the jump. Read more… »

Yesterday (Monday the 28th of September) a new thread arrived in Star Wars: The Old Republic’s official forums that implicated a link that appeared on an RSS feed on some members computers: a beta testing event. I have been reading up on this, and this morning the thread was over 270 pages long, with no sign of a developer making an announcement whether this information was correct or a hoax.

Today, it was confirmed when an official page arrived on Bio Ware’s website! Unfortunately for some, there are requirements for people to be able to become a beta tester with SW: TOR.


Every so often, an addictive game comes along and swallows us whole. For some, it’s Call of Duty: World at War’s zombie mode. For others, it’s Wii Sports Resort, and for the few, the proud, and the nerdy, its a little ol’ genre known as MMOs.

These games come and go by the droves. They range from sci-fi to fantasy; from free to play to $15 a month; from casual to hardcore; and from a full $50 entry cost to browser based affairs. But all of them have one thing in common: they’re timesinks. For the socially sane, MMOs are squeezed in after work, and before dinner with the kids, or after the wife goes to sleep (cough, cough). Should you choose to take the road less traveled and let an MMO dominate your life, say goodbye to your significant other, your social life, and your job.

So who is the new kid in town? What devilish fiend is attempting to lure you into his van with candy, and take you on a vacation that never ends? This month, its NCSoft’s Aion. Read more… »