It's a dark time for MMO studios. Not a week after CCP Games' downsizing, both NCsoft and GamersFirst laid off employees this week, and though GamersFirst assured us that it remains committed to its games and has distracted players with the Occupy Free2Play promotion, gamers are still understandably concerned.
Trick-or-treat your way past the cut for a peek at this week's other top stories.
Blizzard's Metzen: Pandaren are as 'serious as a heart attack'
World of Warcraft's not backing down on Mists of Pandaria.
DC Universe Online to go free-to-play on November 1st
SOE aims to take its superhero MMO F2P sooner rather than later.
Trion Worlds may go public following RIFT's success
Fans can get a chance to buy in to the studio.
Vindictus: A one-year retrospective
Nexon's Vindictus celebrated its first birthday.
Blizzard apologizes for anti-gay slurs at BlizzCon
Mike Morhaime calls the video an "error in judgment."
Eligium launches website and reveals... panda monks
Where have we heard that before?
BioWare Mythic isn't playing favorites with free-to-play and subscriptions
Why the Warhammer MOBA will be F2P.
Blizzard's Morhaime: F2P not right for WoW
The company has no plans to make WoW free-to-play.
DUST 514 could be the PS3's 'most important game'
Develop sees a bright future for console MMOs.
Hyperspace Beacon: Crafting preview
Larry's impressions of Star Wars: The Old Republic's crafting system.
Applying Neal Stephenson's Innovation Starvation to MMOs
Jef hopped on the Soapbox to lament the stagnation of MMO design.
Leaderboard: Free Realms' vs. Wizard101's unicorns
Justin pitted popular MMO unicorns against each other.
Not So Massively: BlizzCon, beta keys, and game trailers
Brendan covered Diablo III, Blizzard DOTA, and more.