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Somewhere between the
massive buzz surrounding the launch of href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/starcraft2">StarCraft
, the release of the
first Guild
Wars 2

novel, and the announcement that href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/eq2">EverQuest
be adding a free-to-play option, another major announcement this week
was all but completely overlooked. It seems another NCsoft title is
about to face its grim fate as href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/108">Exteel
will be shutting down
permanently. We’ll take a closer look at each of these hot
ticket items today in href="http://tentonhammer.com/loading/2010/jul/29">Loading…
Massively Morbid.



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is The Pulse?

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In an address to the
community earlier this week titled “ href="http://www.exteel.com/us/news/archives/2010/07/all_good_things.html"
target="_blank">All good things must come
to an end”, NCsoft
made the announcement that it would be
permanently shutting down the servers for href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/108">Exteel
on September 1st
during the normal maintenance time. While I could certainly never claim
to have been a massive fan of the game, it’s always a
somewhat unsettling experience for me to read this kind of announcement

In many ways it’s a
reminder that not all virtual worlds are
created equal, nor do they have that special spark that attracts and
entertains a large enough audience to maintain service for years or
even decades, regardless of their potential. It’s also
interesting to note that even though some publishers are currently in
the midst of receiving ten heaping tons of praise for opting to spread
the href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/everquest-2/news/eq2-goes-free-to-play">free-to-play
MMOG love, still others are
unable to make ends meet
and keep their free offerings afloat. Maybe href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/editorial/jumping-on-the-free-to-play-bandwagon">free-to-play
isn’t the “wave of the future”
industry messiah that everyone claims it to be after all.

Either way, it looks like
I’ll soon need to add another title
to my makeshift MMOG graveyard alongside past fallen NCsoft titles

and Dungeon
Let’s just hope that once
the impending zombie apocalypse finally arrives, dead MMOGs
don’t rise up from their virtual graves and take over the
world. Don’t laugh, it could happen!

On a less gloomy NCsoft related
note, though one still awesomely
involving ghosts, the first href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/gw2">Guild
Wars 2

novel, Ghosts

hit store shelves this Tuesday. I managed to snag
the only available copy at my local bookstore right when they opened,
but sadly haven’t had time to dig into it as of yet.
It’s been sitting here on my desk for the past few days
seductively whispering “read me” every time I look
away, but alas that will have to wait until one of the many massive
projects I’m working on are closer to completion. Thankfully
David “Xerin” Piner from our Guild
Wars 2
site is
on the case and will be sharing his thoughts on the book in his full
review next week.

Speaking of massive projects,
by now I’m sure many
of you have already installed a brand spanking new copy of href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/starcraft2">StarCraft
II: Wings of Liberty
The latest RTS title from genre masters Blizzard
Entertainment is nothing short of spectacular, at least if
you’re into the hectic micro-management gameplay that SC2
provides. Resident SC2 expert Stow has been burning his way
through the single player campaign at an impressive clip this week, and
has already published href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/starcraft2/guides/mar-sara-missions">walkthroughs
for the Mar Sara mission chain.
on the lookout for the next installment of our complete campaign
walkthrough covering all four of the awesome Colonist missions which
will be
blasting its way onto the site later today.

As noted above, all good things
must come to an end, so
it’s that time once again for me to scamper off into the
aether. But before I go, I’d love to hear your thoughts on
closure announcement for Exteel,
the Ghosts of Ascalon
novel and the StarCraft II
single player campaign. So hop on the nearest enchanted broomstick and
ride it on over to the Loading… forum and have your say!

Shayalyn's Epic Thread of
the Day

From our href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/forumdisplay.php?f=6">Articles,
News & Events Discussion Forum

Are We Jumping on The Free-to-play Bandwagon too Early?

Mattlow, our illustrious contributing writer, is an ornery ol'
cuss. (Well, he's still younger than me, so, "Get off my lawn, kid!")
His latest editorial let fly with his disdain for all things
free-to-play, and he pulled no punches. The editorial was just
published last night, but I'm waiting for this thread to go nuts. href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=52608">We
need your help!


Awesome Quotes from the
Epic Thread

"I've said for a long time that games should be judge on the
game not it's business model.

- href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showpost.php?p=437678&postcount=7">bobfish


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Dev Talk: Top MMOG Devs
Weigh in on Today's Trends



can dictate what clothes we wear, what music we listen to, what TV
shows and movies we watch, and whether we're using MySpace (so
yesterday) or Facebook. When it comes to trends, no one seems to be
immune, and the MMO gaming industry is no exception. As yesterday's
innovations become today's standards, we asked our developer friends to
talk to us about what trends they're spotting in MMOGs in 2010, and how
their own games fit into the big picture. Check out what the developers
had to say in this month's Dev Talk.


Are We Jumping on The
Free-to-play Bandwagon too Early?


takes a look at the current trend towards free -to- play games... and
then rakes them over the coals. In this very opinionated article
Mattlow has some harsh remarks for developers and the media where free
to play is concerned.


EQ2 Enchanter Sample AA


With unbelievable soloing power and huge group appeal the Enchanter
classes, the Coercer and the Illusionist, can handle just about
anything they take on. If you've decided to play one of these great
classes then you may be looking for an equally great alternate
advancement build. We've scoured the 'net and talked to our favorite
Enchanter friends to get AA advice that you can use. Keep these AA
specs as is, or just as easily tailor them to suit your personal needs,
either way your starting point for an AA build is here!

StarCraft II Mission
Guides: Mar Sara


finally here. StarCraft 2 has arrived in its oh-so-glorious beauty, and
the single player is absolutely mind-blowing. If you're having trouble
with, or want to step up your game, we have what you need. We've got
the best guide on the internet for destroying Blizzard's latest
campaign on Hard difficulty, and it starts with Raynor's departure from
Mar Sara.

PvP Changes in Cataclysm


is coming and World of Warcraft PvP will never be the same again. Take
a look at some of the changes to class balance and resilience that are
coming as well as a preview of the two new Battlegrounds!

Hottest Articles, Guides, and Features

  1. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/giveaways/wow/cataclysm/closed-beta-1"> style="font-weight: bold;">WoW Cataclysm
    Beta Key Giveaway
  2. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/starcraft2/guides/mar-sara-missions">StarCraft
    Mission Guides: Mar Sara
  3. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/eq2/interviews/free-to-play-georgeson"> style="font-weight: bold;">EverQuest
    II Goes Free-to-Play - A
    Q&A with Producer Dave
  4. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/coh/going-rogue-preview">Into
    the Gray: A Hands-On
    Preview of City
    Heroes: Going Rogue

  5. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/dc-universe-online/trailer/blur">DC
    Blur Trailer from San Diego
    Comic-Con 2010
  6. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/vindictus/interviews/gyselinck">Golem
    Arise! A
    Q&A with Chris Gyselinck about style="font-weight: bold;">
    Vindictus href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/vindictus/interviews/gyselinck">

  7. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/events/sdcc2010/lego-universe/video-interview">Exclusive
    LEGO Universe
    Video Interview on
    Factions, Reputation and More!
  8. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/events/sdcc2010/reckoning-preview">Kingdoms
    of Amalur: Reckoning
    From 38 Studios Unveiled
  9. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/events/sdcc2010/tera/glyph-preview">A
    Preview of href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/events/sdcc2010/tera/glyph-preview">TERA href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/events/sdcc2010/tera/glyph-preview">'s
    New UI, Glyph System and More
  10. href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/gw2/features/previews/sylvari">The
    Races of Guild
    : The Sylvari href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/gw2/features/previews/sylvari">

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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.

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