Weekly News Recap: Jan. 24, 2009

It's about that time again for another weekly recap. We have a ton of exclusives to share with you, so let's jump right in! Keep reading after the jump for even more links to some of our most noteworthy news stories of the week, as well as editorials on casual MMOs, professional gaming and machinima by members of the Allakhazam staff.

Allakhazam Features

Interview with Mia Rose : Editor-in-Chief Andrew "Tamat" Beegle got the chance to meet up with Mia Rose at the Consumer Electronics Show this month and she discussed all things WoW, including her thoughts on WotLK.

'Free Expansion' on the Horizon : Tamat talks with Vanguard's lead designer, Salim "Silius" Grant, about all of the new expansion-like content coming soon to the game.

Fasaria World Beta Giveaway : The Fasaria World team gave us 500 beta keys to give out to Allakhazam members. If you'd like to participate, we suggest you hurry before they're gone!

TwelveSky 2: Our First Look : Our friends at MAYN sent us 10 exclusive screenshots of this upcoming MMO set in ancient China. Check them out to see the style of the game.

The Casual MMO : Editor Christopher "Pwyff" Tom discusses how games like World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XI have become more player friendly.

Professionally Awesome : Pwyff talk about professional gaming, including "MMO PvP athletes." Is MMO PvP a viable path in e-athleticism? Read this article to find out.

Machinima Rising : News Reporter Darryl "Togikagi" Gangloff gives an overview of WoW-related machinima for those new to the genre or looking for some new films to watch.

Machinima: An Interview with Clint Hackleman : Togikagi also got the chance to talk to Clint Hackleman of Myndflame about the creation process behind making machinima movies.

Noteworthy News Stories

World of Warcraft Begins Lunar Festival : The druids of Moonglade are celebrating until Feb. 12, so log in and join the festivities.

Jimmy Fallon Gets Tips from Felicia Day : As the title suggests, the star of "The Guild" talks with Jimmy Fallon about World of Warcraft and helps him learn a thing or two about the game.

Server Merge Postponed : The EverQuest servers "The Combine" and ""Druzzil Ro (Xev)" were supposed to merge this week, but it's been postponed. A new date hasn't been announced yet, but it should be soon.

Lord of the Rings Online Welcomes Back Past Users : Return to Middle-earth from Feb. 2-9 and enjoy a free of game time. What better way to see if you'd like to get back into the game with the Mines of Moria expansion?

Star Trek Online Offers Moral Dilemma : The Star Trek Online team is putting players in the captain's chair by asking them a moral question to see how'd they'd handle a tough situation. What would Kirk do?

Pirates of the Burning Sea Now One Year Old : Happy anniversary! Pirates of the Burning Sea was released on Jan. 22, 2008. In honor of this momentous occasion, treat yourself to the new in-game Anniversary Coat.

Champions Online Gets Rating System : Cryptic prides itself in its character customization options. Well, now you can rate Champions from the beta and get a glimpse of what character creation is all about.

Lord British Laments on Tabula Rasa : GameDaily interviewed Richard Garriott on the closure of Tabula Rasa and his love of the Ultima universe.

Mysterious Package Hints of New Warhammer Character : Keen and Graev's Gaming Blog received an odd package from Mystic that hints we might see the Dwarf Slayer in the future.


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