With visions of "World of Oblivion" dancing in our heads, we reached out to Bethesda to see what the deal is. Read More...

Beta testers in NCsoft's upcoming MMORPG "Aion: The Tower of Eternity" have used the game's detailed character creation to make a spitting image of President Obama. Check out the video of the commander in chief questing, battling enemies and... sprouting wings? Yes, he can! [via Massively]

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The lead designer of "EVE Online" talked to me about how his game holds up against other upcoming space MMOs. He also shared plans to connect "EVE" players on handheld devices and a Facebook-like social networking site. Read More...

The lead designer of space MMO "EVE Online" came by to show me the new expansion, and we talked about player scandals, the different issues dealing with the player-elected government, and how he just can't add pink elephants to the game. Read More...

"I'm sure there's some overlap, but I really feel like what we're doing here is pretty different. This is a space shooter; there just happens to be thousands of players at the same time. Now those other [space MMOs] might all be very similar, and they might be more competition for themselves. ... But the reality is, we don't know what's going to happen. There are no space games anymore -- why is that? Maybe it's because nobody plays space games anymore, but we don't care. [laughs] We just made a game that we really want to play. We built this so that no matter how big it is, it doesn't have to be a million-user game for it to be successful for us to run it for a long, long time."

-- Scott Brown, president of "Jumpgate Evolution" developer NetDevil, on competing with "Star Trek Online" and other space-themed MMOs during a demo with MTV Multiplayer at New York Comic Con.

A WoW Insider reader revealed that a visual effects artist who won an Oscar at last night's Academy Awards for his work on "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is a guild leader in "World of Warcraft." Steve Preeg, who's also worked on the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," plays a Rogue in the game. Not sure how he finds the time, but congrats to Preeg on his sweet loot. [WoW Insider]

We know some hardcore "Perfect World International" gamers paid $50 for a mount in the free-to-play Chinese MMO, but an analyst broke down the game's economic realities and told us how much people spend in an average month. Read More...

Funcom's fourth-quarter financial results showed an operating loss of $23.3 million due to "a lagging performance" by its MMORPG "Age of Conan." It was also announced that the CFO of the Norwegian company has resigned. Read More...

For those wanting to play a space MMO but aren't into say, "EVE Online" or "Star Trek Online," there's the new NASA MMO. The subscription-based exploration RPG "Astronaut: Moon, Mars and Beyond" will be released next year. Read More...

When I recently spoke to Cryptic design director Bill Roper about his new game "Champions Online," we also talked about the successes and failures of the MMO genre. In our discussion, Roper, a friend of Mythic's Mark Jacobs, mentioned just how "Warhammer Online" will continue to thrive. Read More...

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