Ten Ton Hammer's Comprehensive Look at News from 2008 - Part One

One of the most fascinating elements of the internet is the ability for a consumer to step back in time. Like Marty stepping into the stainless
One of the most fascinating elements of the internet is the ability for a consumer to step back in time. Like Marty stepping into the stainless steel Delorean, a person can literally go to any news-oriented website, click back through some archives and get a taste of what was occurring during a particular period in time. If you don't believe me, just click on our "News" archive and hit the "Last" button. You'll be floored by what you find.

For this article, I've condensed our treasure trove of news articles (there were around 1100!) between July and December down into this fairly comprehensive list of the articles and headlines that I thought were the most pivotal, farthest reaching, terribly intriguing or saddest out of that entire collection. I warn you that this is a list made by one man, but it should give the fair-weather MMO fan a nice little glimpse into the last six months of MMO gaming. Tomorrow, I'll post up my top news articles from the first six months of 2008 in Part Two.

Frankly, I love taking a look back at my own predictions, attitudes and concerns about upcoming games. I was head over heels for Age of Conan and fell in love with the first thirty levels in the game. But that love was whisked away faster than The Flash on amphetamines, and it was readily apparent that AoC was having problems mere months after its launch. Although I'm not giving out an award for the top news of 2008, I was simply amazed at the amount of bad publicity AoC received from July to December of 2008. I've highlighted just a portion of the negative press that AoC has received, not to be mean, but to simply show readers, fans and developers how certain issues can snowball out of control.

The Unfortunate Case of Age of Conan:

Server Merger Delays - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/50833

Age of Conan had some negative press in 2008.

Eidos Caught in Ratings Scandal - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/49974

Funcom Lays Off Majority of US Staff- http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/49966

PvP Exploit, Experience Rollback - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/49217

Admitting to Things not Living Up to Snuff - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/45918

Crafting Changes - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/45475

Gaute Godager Resigns/Retires - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/44297

Funcom Security Woes - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/43193

Funcom CEO Sells Company Stocks - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/42636

Women Finally Equal in AoC - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/40166

Funcom Stock Prices Dip - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/39542

Emergency Downtime - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/37499

AoC Claims #2 Spot in Rankings - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/37298


WAR Cuts Four Classes for Launch - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/38011

Champions Online was originally slated to be published by 2K Games.

2K Games to Publish Champions Online - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/38170

Flagship Studios Shuts Down - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/38303

NCsoft to Combine City of Heroes/Villains - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/38382

EA's E3 SW:TOR Statement (Accident?) - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/38472

Possible Lionhead MMO? - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/38767

Star Trek Online Announced - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/40936

NCsoft - Announces Blade and Soul - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/40173


Fury Shuts Down - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/40379

BlizzCon Tickets Sold Out! - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/41081

FFXI Boss Takes 18+ Hours to Defeat - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/41083

AoC Shows Off Dx10 - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/41204

Mythic Not Crediting All Developers - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/41470

Gold Farming $500 Million Industry? - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/42640

Acclaim to Publish Spellborn in US - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/42775

Asheron's Call Gets 100th Update - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/42901


Wizard 101 Launches - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/43234

Buffy MMO Rises, Firefly MMO Drops Dead - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/43359

WAR experienced some trouble with the EU open beta.

WAR EU Open Beta Woes - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/43583

Dolby Voice Platform (Dolby Axon) Announced - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/44108

World of Warcraft Cost $200 Million Since Launch - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/44294

Warhammer Online Launches - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/44351

Gamers Thinner than Average Americans - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/44370

Formation of NC West - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/44744

Fallout MMO Breaths New Life - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/44895

Jack Thompson Permanently Disbarred - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/45090

Wizard101 Announces Family Pricing Plan - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/45312


WAR Reaches 750,000 Subscribers - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/46653

Turbine Opens West Coast Studio - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/46655

EVE's CEO Discusses World Financial Crisis - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/46933

Star Wars: The Old Republic was announced to much esteem.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Announced - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/47080, http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/47069

11 Million Subscribers in WoW - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/47496

Mainstream Media Cover Zombie Horde in WoW - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/47578

City of Heroes Goes to Mac - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/47598

Atlantica Online Launches - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/47612


Bill Roper Joins Cryptic Studios - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/47725

Video Gaming Enter Politics - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/47756

Jumpgate Evolution Gets 150k Beta Registrants - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/49218

Jumpgate Evolution's 150k beta sign-ups was an impressive feat.

Richard Garriott Leaves Tabula Rasa - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/49256

Wheel of Time MMO Announced - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/49271

Lich King Raids Defeated in Three Days - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/49572

Huxley Delayed Until 2009 - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/49574

Three MMO Retail Expansions Launch!
Gamefly Preemptively Cancels the Agency - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/49668

WoW Expansion Sets Single Day Sales Record - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/49735

Print Magazines Facing Closure - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/49814

Tabula Rasa Canceled - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/49836

Ten Ton Turnip Issue #1 - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/49617

Obama Advisor Plays WoW - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/50070

The Agency to have In-Game Ads - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/50074


December isn't over yet, and we've already seen lots of news.

Cryptic Purchased by Atari - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/50919, http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/51939

Stargate Worlds Employees not Getting Paid - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/50624

Microtransactions HIt EQ and EQ2 - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/50929

Myst Online Going Open Source - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/51433

EA Puts WAR on Steam - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/51829

WoW Hits 11.5 Million Subscribers - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/52035

NCsoft Singled Out in Patent Infringement Suit - http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/52131

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