MMO Week in Review: Altering the deal

EQ Next Landmark
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To ring in the New Year the way only it can, Sony Online Entertainment shocked fans of its current and upcoming MMOs (and made some of us question our most-anticipated and best-studio picks) by rescinding longstanding subscriber benefits for several of its titles, swapping industry-standard cash-shop allowances for a single time-limited monthly gift item and reducing the attractiveness of subscriptions on the whole. Massively's EverQuest franchise columnist remains unimpressed by the studio's claims that the nerfs represent "added value" for players, especially considering that EverQuest Next Landmark is likely to enter pre-order alpha by the end of the month.

Read on for a look at the rest of this week's top MMO stories.
Ten new MMOs to watch in 2014
Massively's Third Annual Frindie Awards
One Massively writer's MMO resolutions
Four efforts to preserve dead MMOs
World of Warcraft survey asks, 'How much would you pay?'
WildStar's year in review
McQuaid's MMO is Pantheon: Rise of The Fallen
McQuaid tweets teaser pic for his mystery MMO
Final Fantasy XIV's horse year
Star Trek Online's year in review
SWTOR's 2.6 patch adding new ships, boosting Operative/Scoundrel DPS
The Elder Scrolls Online: Predictions for 2014
Alter Ego: Issue #5 - Opportunity Knocks in DCUO
New F2P sandbox Fantasy Realm Online invites everyone in to play
How killing 10 rats can be fun
League of Legends streamer harassed with swatting, DDoS attacks
The rest of SWTOR's year-end report

WoW Insider
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What is World of Warcraft?
Why Warlords of Draenor needs a pre-expansion event
Should Blizzard revamp in-game voice chat to go with the group finder?
Neutral Pandaren Doubleagent hits level 80

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