Haters jeered this week as seven-year-old World of Warcraft dropped another 1% of its playerbase, but Blizzard had the last laugh, as the game is still the largest subscription game in the West and the company is still making money hand over fist, something that will likely only continue once Battle.net Balance is thriving and Diablo III has launched this spring.
Haha, just kidding -- we all know Diablo III is never coming out.
Enjoy the rest of the week's top MMO stories past the break!
Earthrise shutting down today
Masthead reluctantly closed down the beleaguered sci-fi sandbox.
Guild Wars: The winds just keep on a-changin'
The final installment of Winds of Change has arrived.
Star Trek Online unpacks Cardassian mystery boxes
Cryptic asks players to boldly play the lottery.
Funcom debunks The Secret World launch date rumor
The game is still planned for April of this year.
Fans share their anticipation for Guild Wars 2
Fan-made trailers keep the GW2 hype up.
RIFT in China: 'Biggest game deal ever' for a Western MMO
Shanda will operate RIFT in the East.
The Soapbox: Evolution of a class
Eliot discusses the history of class-based MMOs.
EVE Online jazzes up website, opens CSM apps, releases newbie capsuleer video
CCP overhauls EVE's web presence as the next round of CSM campaigns begins.
TERA retailer pre-order blunders, kicks off the beta process beta process
En Masse finally got TERA's preorder beta off the ground.
The Perfect Ten: MMO prisons
Justin rounds up the best prisons across the MMO playscape.
Trion releases RIFT wedding trailer
Get married in Telara and help Trion beat a world record.
MMO Family: Why safe chat isn't so safe (and why that's OK)
Draconian chat restrictions hurt everyone and help no one.
The world of World of Warcraft recreated in Minecraft
Is there anything that can't be recreated in Minecraft?