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    The Lord of the Rings Online Q&A on WarCry discuses the launch of the MMORPG with Turbine's Jeffrey Steefel in part nine (the fightin' ninth!) of their 434-part series Ask Turbine. In the article-format Q&A, Steefel seems reasonably satisfied with the game's launch, scoring it a nine out of 10.
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    Picking casual gaming's top model on The Hollywood Reporter is an interview with Erik Goossens of RealNetworks about the casual gaming market: "Today most of the revenue comes from customers paying for games, either one at a time or on a subscription basis. But I believe the in-game ad model will be a big driver of revenue going forward. Another model is taking place in China, where people don't generally own their own computers. So they go to cafes and play games there, which means that downloading a game to own doesn't make a lot of sense. Instead, the micro-transaction model has become popular in casual games. I believe that's an area where our industry is going to figure out how to put that in front of the existing U.S. audience over the next two or three years and really take it to the next level. I refer to that as the 'Casual Games 2.0' strategy. "

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2. Re: 9th Ask a Dev LotRO May 6, 2007, 19:43 Zoso
They had 11 servers to start open beta and two weeks after launch they still have 11 servers. I would have to say Turbine has to be a bit disapointed on the turn out.

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