MMO Week in Review: The King of the Golden Hall

At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO or WoW Insider story last week, you've come to the right post.

Bloggers have made a sport of teasing Lord of the Rings Online for its slow and plodding pace through the books' storyline, joking that by the time our characters scale the streets of Edoras, let alone Minas Tirith, we'll be old and grey, but this week Turbine finally granted press a glimpse of the Helm's Deep expansion announced last April. That, along with promises of sales, class overhauls, and beta testing, almost distracted players from the massive server outages early on in the week.

Read on for a look at the rest of our top MMO stories.

Guild Wars 2's living story and the Orrian menace
Guild Wars 2's Jon Peters on the state of PvP
Guild Wars 2 interview picks Colin Johanson's brain
Have a super adventure in Guild Wars 2's Back to School release

Hands-on: Adjusting butts in Elder Scrolls Online
The Elder Scrolls Online's stress test, Daedra, and Coldharbour
The Elder Scrolls Online's Paul Sage talks about dungeons and player experience

Star Citizen
Star Citizen's Lesnick and Haddock on player feedback, CitizenCon
Star Citizen's $20 million stretch goal is planetside FPS combat
Opinion: On Star Citizen's cash shop

Final Fantasy XIV's Grand Companies
PAX Prime 2013 and FFXIV relaunch event in pictures
Final Fantasy XIV's Yoshida sheds some light on PlayStation 4 remote play
FFXIV extends free game time (again) after rocky launch (again)

Other top MMO stories
Massively's best and worst of PAX Prime 2013
Anarchy Online opens beta testing for new graphics engine
Opinion: On the 'failure' of ArcheAge
The final SWTOR free-to-play experiment... for now
Diablo III launches on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
EQ Next's third round table response focuses on Landmark tools
Opinion: You're wrong about the LoL community
Hands-on: Breaking tables in DC Universe Online
Bungie says Destiny is different 'every time you experience it'
WAR40K Eternal Crusade's friendly fire, ARG, and more
There were no WildStar reveals at PAX Prime
Rumor: XLGAMES eyes restructuring after disappointing ArcheAge performance

WoW Insider
And from our sister site, WoW Insider...
WoW patch 5.4: Blizzard's official round-up post
A World of Warcraft marriage proposal
Ghostcrawler on WoW's crafting professions and leveling
Announcing WoW Insider and Wowhead's Reader Meetup at BlizzCon 2013
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