Weekly News Recap: May 10, 2009

Here's our regular recap of the past week's ZAM features and noteworthy news stories. You can find more links after the jump. There's even more news where this came from, so head over to our news archive where you can search by tag if you'd like to see everything that happened this week on ZAM.

ZAM Features

SWG: Being a Jedi has Never Been Easier: Christopher "Pwyff" Tom takes a look at the current state of Star Wars Galaxies following its turbulent history of massive changes.

Chinese MMOs: Ripping off WoW?: With the newly announced World of Fight looking like a copy of World of Warcraft, Sam "azerian" Maxted asks if Chinese MMO developers are just copying the West.

The Birth of Millennium City: Jack Emmert, chief creative officer at Cryptic, gives us an exclusive look at the story behind Champion Online's Millennium City.

Exclusive Champions Online Media: In addition to Emmert's story, Cryptic also sent us some exclusive screenshots of Millennium City.

Talking with Terry 'Ming' White of WorldOfMing.com: Pwyff speaks with one of the biggest names in competitive World of Warcraft.

Dev Chat May 14 at EQII ZAM!: You're invited to our next IRC chat with members of the EverQuest II developer and community teams. You can even submit your own questions.

Drift City: A Driving MMO: azerian takes a look at what this racing MMO can offer to fans of the genre.

Chat with Carbine Studios Producer Eric DeMilt: We try to pry some information from DeMilt about Carbine's unannounced title in development.

Noteworthy News Articles

1st Wow Minis Expansion Now in Stores: Spoils of War, the first expansion for the World of Warcraft Miniatures Game, is now available and adds 51 minis to the game.

Eurogamer Accused of Publishing Unfair Review: Tasos Flambouras of Darkfall Online accused Eurogamer this week of publishing an unfair review that gave the game a 2 out of 10 without enough playtime by the author. Eurogamer Editor Tom Bramwell offered to have a second review written, but Flambouras has declined the offer.

Casual Web MMO Based on Playboy Magazine Announced: Jolt Online Gaming will launch Playboy Manager, a browser-based Massively Casual Online Game, this summer.

Trooper Announced as Next Playable Class: The BioWare team has announced that you'll be able to play as a Trooper in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Jade Dynasty Announced: Perfect World Entertainment will be publishing this new martial arts MMORPG in North America and Europe.

New Alganon Video Showcases City of Xanjuix Karr: This video takes us on a tour of the capital and major trading center of Harraja.

EVE Celebrates 6 Years, Breaks 300,000 Subscribers: The title says it all. Happy birthday, EVE!

Richard Garriott Sues NCsoft for $27 Million: Garriott has said his departure from NCsoft was forced, not voluntary, and is suing the company for breach of contract, fraud and negligent misrepresentation.

WoWInterface's New Addon Updater: The folks over at WoWInterface are proud to announce their new addon updater, MMOUI Minion. It's going to hit open beta very soon.

Paragon Studios Warns CoH Exploiters: Some players are exploiting City of Heroes' Mission Architect system to powerlevel their characters, and Paragon has some punishments planned for anyone found cheating.

BlizzCon Tickets Go On Sale May 16: The tickets for the annual Blizzard convention are $125 each. If you miss the first sales date, a second batch will go on sale May 30.


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