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MMO Week in Review: Happy holidays from Massively!


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.

If you, like the Massively writers, expected a week of quietude and serenity before the holidays as the game studios closed down early, then you didn't get what you expected, but at least you got something good! MMOs around the globe are immersed in winter holiday events, and digital retailers are trying to coax you into buying more games than you can reasonably play in a lifetime. At Massively, we doled out our annual MMO awards, rounded up our favorite gaming moments from 2012, and picked out a few reasons to look forward to a new year filled with sandboxes.

The complete weekly roundup of Massively's top MMO stories is just beyond the break!


The Guild Wars 2 end-of-the-year awards
Where Guild Wars 2 goes wrong
Unwrapping the mystery of GW2's Wintersday boxes

BioWare: We've 'made some substantial changes' to SWTOR's Cartel Market
Star Wars: The Old Republic, a cautionary tale of breaking into MMOs
SWTOR dev talks expansion skills, planet, and gear
Hyperspace Beacon: SWTOR spoiler alert!
SWTOR's Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion set for spring 2013

The Secret World releases Issue #5 teaser, announces End of Days events
The Secret World Issue #5 is live
Exclusive: The Secret World's Joel Bylos vs. Armageddon

Other top MMO stories
First impressions from the Age of Wushu beta
Two sets of first impressions of Marvel Heroes
Jake Song says his team is at work on the English version of ArcheAge
Taking The Hobbit back to Lord of the Rings Online
Check out two minutes of State of Decay zombie-killing action
Final Fantasy XIV previews levequests and group combat
The Elder Scrolls Online exalts the Unforeseen Queen
The War Z launches to a flurry of fraud accusations
DayZ creator Dan Hall is 'depressed' about The War Z controversy
What the Trion layoffs mean for RIFT
TOpinion: Using MMOs to relax and unwind
EVE Online's holiday celebration trailer is all over the naughty list
Smedley says MMOs are stuck in an EQ-inspired rut
League of Legends spotlights Vi, gets spotlighted by hacker
Massively launches a WildStar column
LotRO Update 9 launches and the Yule Festival begins

WoW Insider
And from our sister site, WoW Insider...
39 tips for new World of Warcraft players
Night elf priest iron-mans to level 90 with no greens, no talents, and no deaths
World of Warcraft Patch 5.2 PTR patch note preview
How WoW's content offerings progressed in 2012

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