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MMO subscription dollars in decline for the first time since 2002

With all of the free-to-play MMOs coming onto the market and the F2P conversion of formerly subscription-only titles, it should come as no surprise that the subscription model is losing its grip on the industry. Eurogamer reports that starting in 2010, the money brought in from MMO subscriptions...

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A look at the most significant MMO trends of 2008

As we get more involved in what makes an MMO player tick, development studios are trying their hardest to keep up with the trends. Ten years ago, we were happy to have any environment in which to socialize and experience a gaming world with our friends, or meet other gamers with the same...

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The Digital Continuum: Looking back while moving foward

This last year has seen a lot of things happen in our beloved MMO-world. Things like the launch of Pirates of the Burning Sea and Age of Conan delays seem long lost in the fog of summer and winter. It was all buried underneath the revelations of DC Universe Online and Star Wars: The Old Republic....

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New batch of LotRO calendar wallpapers sneaks peak at Book 14

For some time now, Turbine has been releasing very pleasing wallpaper calendars based on The Lord of the Rings Online. The wallpapers feature well-framed screenshots from the game, accompanied by three small calendar pages -- one for each month in the quarter. The last batch will soon expire, as...

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Age of Conan leads the pack in Golden Joystick nominations

Each year, a group of gaming media outlets (including CVG, GamesRadar, and several others) puts on the Golden Joystick Awards. The nominees are chosen by -- well, we don't know who -- but the winners are selected by popular vote. Yesterday, the short list (or the nominee list, if you prefer) went...

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NCsoft Prez Chris Chung talks shop with GI and 1UP

Game Informer and 1UP both recently had the privilege of sitting down with NCSoft President Chris Chung to talk about what direction he plans to take the company in 2008. Some of the things that Chung spoke about (and there was much overlap between the two interviews) were reminiscent of the...

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2008: The year of the MMO?

This funny little bestseller list comes to us from Brenden over at Another Here. He takes it as a sign that MMOs are far from dead, but I'll say the same thing a different way: MMOs are more alive than ever. As great a year in gaming that 2007 was, 2008 is going to be that much better, and there...

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Analyst: More MMOs on cell phones in 2008

If there's one trend so far in 2008, it's mobile MMOs. Last year, we heard about both a Japanese game and a mobile platform, and already this year, John Carmack has says he wants to do an MMO on-the-go. And now, analyst and VC Baris Karadogan says MMObile games are only going to get bigger. And...

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The Daily Grind: The MMOs of the new year

In case you haven't noticed -- perhaps you're just reviving from extended new years' festivities -- we've reached 2008! We've got a lot to look forward for MMOs in the new year with Wrath of the Lich King (or at least World of Warcraft fans hope so), Pirates of the Burning Sea, Age of Conan, Guild...

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Ten Ton drops the Hammer on 2008

Almost all gaming sites this time of year weigh in with their predictions for what the new year will bring, but I particularly like what TenTonHammer has seen in their crystal ball. Plus, I just like saying "Ten Ton drops the Hammer." It's fun. Try it. A few of their eight predictions hit close to...

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