MMO Week in Review: Destroying something beautiful

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.

This week, ArenaNet unleashed Guild Wars 2's latest living story update, setting the great city of Lion's Arch ablaze and tasking players with rescuing citizens from an insidious chemical attack and fending off archvillain Scarlet's minions. Meanwhile, Massively's Mike surveyed the game beyond the living story via livestream, and our columnist Anatoli mused on how the living story can bolster roleplay.

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

Roleplaying in spite of The Elder Scrolls Online
The Elder Scroll Online showcases crafting in a new blacksmithing video
Elder Scrolls Online answers more pre-order and Imperial Edition questions

Here's 25 minutes of WildStar Exile adventure gameplay
WildStar's adventures skew toward the unusual
A firsthand tour of a WildStar adventure
Stuff the endgame needs in WildStar

Star Citizen
Star Citizen's hangar module gets a functionality patch
Star Citizen tops $39 million, eyes procedural planets and atmospheric combat
Star Citizen's backlash effect

Other top MMO stories
Pantheon's Kickstarter comes up short, development to continue
World of Warcraft instant level 90 boost price revealed at $60 US
EverQuest Next looks to players to improve the new play experience
See World of Warcraft's Warlords of Draenor in action
Study says what you play can affect who you are
February will be a big month for PlanetSide 2
World of Warcraft patch heralds 15th PvP season
Our top five tips for new EVE players
Diablo III is upgrading its Paragon endgame system
Speculating on Final Fantasy XIV's future patches
PvP plans change for WoW's Warlords of Draenor
Salem prepares for full wipe
The MMO player's hypersexualization conundrum
Epic Space Online presents space without borders
There's not enough space in Star Trek Online
Introducing Terrayn, a persistent world sandbox
Is Turbine working on Asheron's Call 3?
SWTOR ranked PvP rewards revealed
French MMO Therian Saga launches English open beta
New sandbox pseudo-MMO Windborne hits Steam Early Access

WoW Insider
And from our sister site, WoW Insider...
Warlords of Draenor: Proving Grounds will be required for Heroic Dungeon random queues
Does anyone even care about a "WoW killer" anymore?
Do not panic about paid character boost prices
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