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The Game Archaeologist and the NeverEnding Quest: The vets

We just had to start 2011 in style, didn't we? I knew that by invoking the sacred name of EverQuest, I'd be opening the door for thousands of collective years' worth of memories, opinions, frustrations, nostalgia, gushing and blocky screenshots. But the Game Archaeologist fears not even the greates...

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Epic new Rift video precedes tomorrow's beta test opening

If there's one MMO on the horizon that has everyone excited, it's Rift. Created by Trion Worlds, Rift promises to be the next big AAA launch title and has been drawing its share of attention from players. The game's closed beta begins tomorrow, and Trion has been giving out beta keys in preparation...

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Redefining MMOs: Terminology

As we look back at the past several years of the MMO scene, we see a genre that has gone through significant evolutionary leaps. With those pioneering days of text MUDs and blocky graphics behind us, today we enjoy professionally developed games with impressive development teams and massive budget...

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The Daily Grind: Is "Cataclysm" the name of Blizzard's next MMO?

Yesterday, the news first broke that Blizzard had applied for a trademark on the name "Cataclysm", in the fields of computer games, paper-based products, and online entertainment services, according to an article at WoW.com. Speculation has spread across the blog-o-sphere as to what this new trade...

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Blizzard: Next MMO won't be WoW 2

Go ahead a strike the possibility of a World of Warcraft 2 off your list of possible next-gen Blizzard MMOs because it's officially not happening. In an interview with Wired, Blizzard's recently talkative Mike Morhaime flat out said that their next MMO project isn't a sequel to their first. Of cours...

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Warhammer Online preview talks endgame

We can never get enough Warhammer Online coverage, even if a particular preview is talking covering a lot of older information we're still interested. It just so happens that this Next-Gen.biz article is talking about old information in a pretty fresh way, which is always a bonus. It's always inte...

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MMO development still riddled with risk

With all the new MMO titles in development, sometimes it's easy to forget that running a profit in this business is actually something of an accomplishment. Starting development on a big-budget subscription-based game, with the barrier of entry purportedly being as high as $1 billion, seems like a...

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Flying Lab explains the 7-server shutdown

Flying Lab CEO Russell Williams has explained the reasoning behind the recent shutdown of 7 of the 11 servers that host Pirates of the Burning Sea. In an e-mail to news publication Next-Gen, Williams gives a number of factors that went into the decision to close down over half of their servers and c...

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No more winter nights for Stormfront Studios

Bay Area game developer Stormfront Studios is closing its doors after 20 years of operation. This is an unfortunate turn of events in the video game industry -- especially the MMO sector -- because in 1991 Stormfront produced the very first graphical online RPG, Neverwinter Nights. The company ...

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Next-Gen talks with Age of Conan's Gaute Godager

The Age of Conan interviews are all over the place lately. Gaute Godager is the game's director, so when we saw that Next-Gen had sat down with him to talk about FunCom's upcoming barbarian invasion there was little doubt that it would be an interesting read. The interview covers the usual subjects ...

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