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First, the Ten Ton Pulse, your finger on the beating heart of the MMOG industry.

StarGate Worlds leaps back into the Top 10 list after a brief hiatus. If the Top 10 isn't enough, we now show the Top 20 and Top 50 lists as well, available to everyone on our homepage. (What is Pulse?)

  1. Age of Conan - 200 BPM
  2. World of Warcraft - 103 BPM
  3. Lord of the Rings Online - 34 BPM
  4. Warhammer Online - 33 BPM
  5. EverQuest 2 - 27 BPM
  6. EVE Online - 24 BPM
  7. Vanguard - 20 BPM
  8. Lineage 2 - 20 BPM
  9. Tabula Rasa - 18 BPM
  10. StarGate Worlds - 17 BPM

Our coverage of "The Future of MMOGs Panel" at GDC has prompted some interesting, heated and intelligent discussion in the message forums. Some TenTon readers feel that MMOG publishers are gouging them at $15 per month.

On the other hand, I feel that $15 a month is a bargain that were it most other entertainment mediums would be considered priced far too low for the value delivered. Let's take a look at the cost of playing your favourite MMOG.

  1. Retail Cost: Let's go high and call it $60. This is the price of the box or digital download.
  2. Monthly cost: Let's go with $15 since it is close to what is being charged for nearly every game.

Your cost for the first year of unlimited access to this entertainment is: $225. Oh, but it should be $240 I hear you cry. Bzzzzt! The initial purchase also includes the first month of play, so there are only 11 months of subscription fees plus the retail cost. It costs you $18.75 a month to have unlimited access to something that you consider entertaining.

Here are some other things that you can enjoy for $18.75 a month.

The big list, new exclusive videos for Age of Conan and Mabinogi, new interviews from FFXI, EVE Online and Kwari, dirty underwear and more, today in Loading...

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