Weekly News Recap: May 17, 2009

Monday may be just around the corner, but you can still check out all of the exclusive features and noteworthy news articles that have been posted on ZAM this past week. You can find more links after the jump.

ZAM features

The Endless Forest: Oh Deer: Is The Endless Forest a relaxing experience or just lacking content? Sam "azerian" Maxted investigates.

We Dream of Genie: The newest update to Perfect World International includes genies, and we talked with Product Manager Jonathan Belliss to get all the details.

Gunz Online: Fast, Intense and... What Else?: Christopher "Pwyff" Tom checked out this MMORPG/FPS hybrid to see if the game is packed with anything besides adrenaline. Pwyff wasn't too impressed. Find out why in his editorial.

MapleStory: Still Worth Playing?: MapleStory just celebrated its fourth anniversary, so azerian decided to venture into the game's virtual world to see what's changed over the years.

Rub Our Exclusive Media Lamp: We got an exclusive look at the genies introduced in the newest Perfect World International update. Check out the screenshots to see what they look like.

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.

Weekly News Recap: May 3, 2009

As per usual, this post contains all of our exclusive features for the past week, as well as all of our noteworthy news stories. Perhaps the most exciting news for us here at ZAM is the launch of our new Free Realms site to coincide with the release of Sonly Online Entertainment's kid-friendly game. Keep reading below and after the jump for all of the links.

ZAM Features

ZAM Launches Free Realms Site: We are happy to announce that our newest game portal is dedicted to SOE's ground-breaking new MMORPG, which just launched on April 28.

Free Realms: A Fresh New Direction for MMORPGs: If you're on the fence about whether you'd like to try out Free Realms, check out Christopher "Pwyff" Tom's review.

Total Customization: Craig Zinkievich, executive producer of Star Trek Online, has written an exclusive letter to the ZAM community about how ship customization will function within the game.

Five Years of Heroes: We spoke with C.W. Bennett, a senior engineer at Paragon Studios, about how it feels to have City of Heroes reach the fifth-anniversary mark.

Weekly News Recap: April 26, 2009

We hope you're all enjoying your weekend. Here's our recap of our ZAM features and noteworthy news articles from the past week. As always, check after the jump for even more links.

ZAM Features

ZAM Launches New EQII Site: ZAM, in partnership with SOE, is pleased to present the new EverQuest II ZAM Site! It incorporates game data from SOE with player guides and comments from the old site to bring you a new level of game information.

Sword of the New World: A Mix of New and Old: Editor Christopher "Pwyff" Tom checks out Sword of the New World, a unique game that puts RTS combat in an MMO world.

Four Years of Guild Wars: We speak with ArenaNet's James Phinney, lead designer on Guild Wars, about the game's anniversary, as well as get some nuggets of Guild Wars 2 information.

The Silence of the Devs: This ZAM editorial asks why Square Enix remained silent after a post-update problem left scores of Final Fantasy XI players wondering whether enfeebling magic had been ninja-nerfed. SE has since apologized and even responded to the community on our forums.

Weekly News Recap: April 11, 2009

As always, we'd like to share with you our ZAM features and noteworthy news stories of the week in case you missed any of them. All of the links can be found below and after the jump, including a story on PETA's decision to protest the slaughter of seals through a World of Warcraft event that generated a lot of discussion in our forums.

ZAM Features

A History of Competitive WoW: Part I: Editor Christopher "Pwyff" Tom begins to delve into the history of World of Warcraft as an eSport. Find out when and how PvP became a sponsored event that made players take notice.

League of Legends Interview: Editor-in-Chief Andrew "Tamat" Beegle sits down with Tom Cadwell, the director of systems design for League of Legends, to discuss the game, which is modeled around a Warcraft III mod.

Killer N.I.C. - Worth the Price?: We spoke with Harlan Beverly, co-founder of Bigfoot Networks, about the next generation of Killer cards. You can even watch a World of Warcraft jump delay demonstration video to see exactly how Killer can affect your machine.

Exploring Ether Saga Online: We interview Product Manager Craig Beers to find out what's going on with the upcoming Ether Saga Online MMO. The game is currently in open beta.

Weekly News Recap: April 4, 2009

Here's our regular list of ZAM features and noteworthy news articles for the week. Keep reading below and after the jump for links to all the stories you may have missed.

ZAM features

Our Top 5 MMO Complaints: Y'know what really grinds Christopher "Pywff" Tom's gears? Keep reading to find out. Here's a hint: he's not a fan of slaying rats.

Warhammer Online: On Trial: Sam "azerian" Maxted gave the Warhammer online free trial a try to see what impression it could give to people thinking about buying the game.

Introducing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Online: This may have been our April Fools joke, but we still love the thought of running through the sewers in a TMNT MMO.

UI Policy Change? We're Calling a Lawyer!: We sat down with lawyer Connie Mableson to discuss Blizzard's decision to formalize the design and distribution guidelines for add-ons in World of Warcraft.

Weekly News Recap: March 29, 2009

It's time again to look back at our features and most noteworthy news articles of the week on ZAM.com. Keep reading below and after the jump for links to stories on everything from our list of the top 10 MMOs we'd like to see to our IRC chat logs with EverQuest II developers.

ZAM Features

Exploring LOTRO with Turbine: Part II: We continue our discussion of of Lord of the Rings Online and Book 7 with members of the Turbine team. Check out part 1 first if you missed it.

Courtesy in MMOs: Dead, or Just Hiding?: Editor Sam "azerian" Maxted discusses courtesy in MMOs and how he has no time for beggars.

EverQuest Inspired by D&D Campaign: We uncover an EverQuest lore secret by talking to Tony "Vhalen" Garcia about his work on EverQuest, EverQuest II and all the things in between.

Age of Conan: What They Did Wrong: Editor Christopher "Pwyff" Tom follows up his interview with Age of Conan's Producer/Director Craig Morrison to discuss Funcom's mistakes.

Weekly News Recap: March 21, 2009

It's Saturday, which means it's time to take a look at some of the most noteworthy news items of the week here at ZAM. EverQuest celebrated its 10th anniversary on March 16, so we've been busy conducting numerous interviews with EQ team members, and many of you participated by asking questions for our IRC chat with EQ developers. Keep reading below and after the jump for all the links.

ZAM Features

The Rise and Fall of AoC: Editor Christopher "Pwyff" Tom talks with Age of Conan Producer/Director Craig Morrison about the game's declining subscriptions, as well as what's changed since its launch.

Paying to Play: Associate Editor Sam "azerian" Maxted takes a closer look at how companies compensate for rising production costs.

Runes of Magic Preview: azerian got the chance to play Runes of Magic before its launch on March 19, and he feels the free price tag makes it worth a try, despite the fact it's similar to World of Warcraft.

Exploring LOTRO's Book 7 Update with Turbine: Pwyff toured the newest free update for Lord of the Rings Online before its launch on March 17 and asked Turbine some questions about what he saw.

Weekly News Recap: Feb. 1, 2009

It's hard to believe January is over. As we begin the second month of 2009, let's take a look back at some of the most noteworthy news stories and Allakhazam features of the past week. There's more links after the jump.

Allakhazam Features

Wizard101: Our First Look : Allakhazam editor Christopher "Pwyff" Tom supplies a first-hand look at Wizard101, a children’s MMORPG with "collectible card magic, wizard duels, and far off worlds."

Champions Online Interview with Bill Roper : We sat down to talk to Roper about Champions Online, the vision that he brings to the team, and what he learned from Hellgate: London.

Talking Vanguard with Jason "Ikik" Weinmann : We talked with Weimann, a programmer on Vanguard, about some of the changes that he's made to the game's tools as well as some of his secret projects on the side.

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.