MMO Week in Review: Expansions, birthdays, and sunsets

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If you could pull your eyes away from your shiny new consoles, then you would know that MMOs also deserve your attention, even if they can't say hello to you from across the room or spy underneath your hoodie. This week, EVE Online launched its Rubicon expansion, World of Warcraft turned nine years old, EverQuest Mac's servers went dark permanently, and after a brief delay, Lord of the Rings Online opened the gates for Helm's Deep. Er, opened the gates for you to defend Helm's Deep. That makes more sense.

Read on for a look at the rest of this week's top MMO stories.

EQ Next
The EQN Landmark founders pack fallout
SOE president 'can't wait' to see EverQuest Next on PS4

Where does ESO fit in Elder Scrolls history?
ZeniMax publishes Elder Scrolls Online interactive map
Elder Scrolls Online sends invites for weekend beta test
The Elder Scrolls Online devs talk war campaigns, lockpicking, and lore

Lightning fizzles in FFXIV
Final Fantasy XIV's 2.1 patch coming December 17th

Other top MMO stories
Roberts on Star Citizen's immersive mining and Squadron 42
EA holds onto Star Wars games license for 10 years, says SWTOR is 'profitable'
Ragnarok Online 2 closing in Korea next month
Sixteen games that ease the MMO level gap -- and how they do it
Why we need more post-apocalyptic MMOs
SWTOR's Strike Fighter is kinda like an X-Wing
Five MMOs that deserve more of our time
WildStar takes aim at the Spellslinger
RIFT's single most engaged in activity is artifact harvesting
Tree of Savior preview sparks imagination with complex class combos
Star Citizen passes $28 million, 300K backers
'Classic MMORPG' Arcane Hearts launches
Getting started with SWTOR Galactic Starfighter
Instant high-level characters are a terrible, horrible, very bad, no good idea
Chris Roberts addresses Star Citizen PS4 hullabaloo

WoW Insider
And from our sister site, WoW Insider...
Warlords of Draenor: Why more diversity will be better for the expansion
What's going on with WoW's Karazhan?
Warlords of Draenor to make appearance at DreamHack Winter 2013
The store gets a massive makeover
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