The World Cup heats up today with some countries playing their final games of the tournament and others jockeying for first place in their groups. England has their hands full in a tilt with Sweden, a country they have not beaten in the last 11 matches while Germany takes on a side from Ecuador that has to this point demolished their opposition. It's getting good now!

By the numbers:

2,968 - The number of uploads to the WoW Quest Database.
2,105 - The number of quests in the WoW Quest Database.
1,744 - The number of subscribers to the Loading... mailing list.
216 - The number of new subscribers to the Loading... mailing list this month.
14 - The number of MMOG news stories covered yesterday alone.
9 - The number of exclusive MMOG articles posted to yesterday alone.
1 - Stanley Cup, which now lives in Carolina. Congratulations Hurricanes.

Next up in the World of Warcraft Database are NPCs, followed by Items. It's coming together faster than expected folks, thanks to your involvement. If someone had told me we would have nearly 3,000 uploads from members to the database already I wouldn't have believed it. Thanks to everyone who is contributing with special thanks to those who have their names in the Top 10 list.

I was asked my opinion on a recent Raph Koster article, titled 'The Lifecycles of a Player'. Raph touches on a few different theories, none of which should be new to anyone who has been a part of the industry for a significant time. I agree with just about everything Raph mentions.

The theory that touches most true for me from the ones mentioned is 'The Six Circles Of The Adept Game Player'. How many of you have moved from newbie up through the circles until you felt there were no longer any challenges? I'm sure a few of you have even reached the Zen stage where you no longer care how others play the game, because you are so in sync with your own style that it comes naturally without thinking about what you have to do. Check out the article. It is a good read.

What are your opinions on the lifecycle of a player? Discuss!

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Dissecting and distilling the game industry since 1994. Lover of family time, youth hockey, eSports, and the game industry in general.