Lord of the Rings Online has had an impressive week as Turbine released its second major patch since the game went free-to-play last fall. European players weren't left out of the fun, either; Codemasters launched Update 2 just a few short days later. The patch brought new instances, skirmishes, class tweaks, and soloability to Middle-earth. Good riddance to radiance!
Of course, if internet spaceships are more your thing, you're probably forsaking halflings and rings to hawk our coverage of the EVE Online Fanfest. Two Massively staffers have been partying at the top of the world this weekend, and so far, they've brought us three days of event roundups as well as a peek at the keynote address, captain's quarters, CSM election results, and closing ceremonies. More wrap-ups will follow!
A look at the rest of this week's top stories lies just behind the break.
Banned WoW player offers $1,000 for reactivation
How much would you pay to get your characters back?
Rogers throttles World of Warcraft across Canada
Canadian ISP admitted to slowing internet speeds for WoW.
RIFT's March 30th update bringing live events, exclusive items, new 20-man raid
The fantasy blockbuster's first major update will pack a punch!
Torchlight's Schaefer: MMO subscriptions aren't the way to go
Runic's CEO discussed the Torchlight MMO's business model.
Black Prophecy blasts off in Europe, North American closed beta begins
Reakktor and gamigo shifted their sights to the New World.
The Soapbox: The unfairer sex
Eliot considered the effects of sexism in game design.
SWTOR fans get Deceived today, BioWare releases Jedi armor progression video
SWTOR followers got a new novel and a new video this week.
Free for All: Are MMO transients bad for the industry?
Beau determined that MMO tourists aren't so bad after all.
ArenaNet delves into the lore of the Guild Wars 2 Hylek race
The GW2 blog revealed another round of critters: frog people!
Enter at Your Own Rift: One month in, how's the game?
Karen examined the state of the game at RIFT's one-month mark.
Choose My Adventure: I've been digging on the homestead...
Xsyon continued to treat MJ well as she planted her own homestead.
SyFy-Trion project revealed as Defiance
Trion's new project was finally unveiled.
Funcom shows off new Age of Conan Dreamworld video
AoC's graphics upgrade appeared to be right on track.
Chris Cao: DCUO's Update 2 is all about "chance"
We interviewed the SOE Game Director about DCUO's next patch.
Star Wars Galaxies rolls out the Entertainer update
The classic Star Wars sandbox updated an iconic non-combat profession.
The Perfect Ten: Death penalties
Justin rounded up the 10 most common MMO death penalties.
Guild transfer service coming soon
Blizzard will soon allow guilds to server-hop in bulk.
World of Warcraft Magazine issue 4 preview now available
Look, kids, it's a magazine made out of paper!
Patch 4.1 PTR: World boss loot tables
Rare-spawn elites will soon drop gear more attractive to 5-mans.