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though most of this past week was sandwiched right between two
major holidays, the Ten Ton Temple of Doom was still buzzing with
activity.  Levers were pulled, buttons were pressed and even a
few telepathic missives were intercepted all in an effort to bring you,
dear readers, the best exclusive MMOG content on the internet.

With one foot in the past and the other stepping boldly into the
future, this week traditionally marks a time of year when we examine
where our lives have been while also pondering what the new year might
bring our way.  It was also the perfect time to take a look at
the state of the industry's past, present and future – which
is exactly what this week's Ten Ton Hammer exclusives set out to do.

Like an electric cowboy trying to rustle up their cyborg
cattle,  I've pulled together a list of this week's hot
content for your reading enjoyment.  In it you'll find our
exclusive editorials, feature articles, interviews and reviews for the
week ending on January 2nd.   So grab your beverage
of choice, sit back and enjoy this week's edition of the weekly MMOG

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Week's Highlights:

- Consoles
and the MMOG Industry

2009 is only a few days away and with it, the gaming world as we know
it may change forever. The idea of console MMOG's may seem ludicrous on
the surface, but this week, Dalmarus discusses the very real
possibility that they may arrive for the masses sooner than you might
think. Just imagine all the console players in the world hopping into
your favorite MMOG...

 Read the full editorial href="">here,
and then join the discussion in our href="">forums!

- Top
Ten Free-to-Play Games – The Time is Now

Danny "Ralsu" Gourley sifts through several free-to-play games each
month to identify the best of the best for Ten Ton Hammer readers. F2P
gaming had been gaining a foothold gradually, and Ralsu has been
waiting for the truly great game that would bring credibility to all of
F2P gaming. This week, Ralsu discusses why he thinks the time is right
for a developer to bring in a huge F2P hit.

 Read the full feature href="">here,
and then join the discussion in our href="">forums!

- EverQuest
2's The Shadow Odyssey Reviewed

The world of Norrath has been home to so many over the years it's mind
boggling to consider a sequel so popular it's on a fifth expansion. The
Shadow Odyssey brings a number of exciting features to href=""> style="font-style: italic;">EverQuest 2
which include mission based instance dungeons, more Achievements, a new
overland zone, and much more. Will it be enough to hang on to the
veterans and even bring back former players? We dive right in and
provide a verdict just inside.

 Read the full review href="">here,
and then join the discussion in our href="">forums!

- Exclusive
Runes of Magic Interview with Interim President Sean Kauppinen

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Recently, Frogster Interactive Pictures (the publisher of href=""> style="font-style: italic;">Runes of Magic)
created a subsidiary branch in the United States with the sole purpose
of pushing their project into the US market. Heading up the Frogster
USA team is Sean Kauppinen, President & CEO, Frogster America,
Inc. Over the past few years, the Ten Ton Hammer team has gotten to
know Sean, and so we tossed a few questions his way concerning the
Frogster deal and his involvement with the new company. We hope you
enjoy the chat!

Read the full interview href="">here,
and then join the discussion in our href="">forums!

- The
Plague of Patches

Nothing could possibly be more exciting than tearing open a brand new
game, throwing it in your high end PC, and waiting for a lengthy patch.
While MMOG's might require consistent patching, are we doomed to
continue the waiting game for every established product? There must be
a better way and inside we make a series of recommendations to improve
customer satisfaction and efficiency.

Read the full editorial href="">here,
and then join the discussion in our href="">forums!

style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">More
Ten Ton Hammer Exclusives :

-     href="">Exclusive
Warrior Epic Interview – Whispers of Hope

-     href="">The MMO
Industry's Dark Horses of 2008

-     href="">Warhammer
Online: The Wild Ride of 2008

-     href="">AoC:
General Crafting Guide – Getting Started

-     href="">Ten Ton
Hammer's Comprehensive Look at News from 2008

-     href="">Comic:
Geeked - “Progression Envy”

-     href="">War:
Tier 4 Scenario: Gromril Crossing

-     href="">Perfect
World International First Impressions

-     href="">Exclusive
Interview with Trion Developers – Can Sci-Fi Succeed?

-     href="">AoC: 9
New DirectX 10 Screenshots

-     href="">War:
Tier 4 Scenario: Reikland Hills

-     href="">AoC:
Border Kingdom Cryer – The Dawn of a New Year

-     href="">WoW
Comic: Goob & Begud - “Money for Everything”

To read the latest guides, news, and features you can visit our EverQuest II Game Page.

Last Updated: Mar 29, 2016

About The Author

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Reuben "Sardu" Waters has been writing professionally about the MMOG industry for eight years, and is the current Editor-in-Chief and Director of Development for Ten Ton Hammer.