MMO Week in Review: Spreadsheets in diversity space


Activision-Blizzard proved we really need a stronger term for “self-own” and “own-goal” in the English language as this week it attempted to demonstrate its commitment to diversity by revealing a creepy and dehumanizing “diversity space tool” that purports to turn real-world traits like age and ethnicity into quantitative scores to supposedly measure diversity in its games. The gaming public was not amused, and the company scurried to scrub much of the original announcement from the internet.

Meanwhile, we kept an eye on EVE Online’s growing Fanfest COVID outbreak, Lost Ark admitted it’s dealing with “millions” of bots, Star Trek Online launched Stormfall, Path of Exile released Sentinel, LOTRO’s Discord server was upended, and FFXIV finally cracked down on blatant third-party mod users.

Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday (since 2010!) in Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!



Every week, get caught up on the MMO genre’s latest news and Massively OP’s best content in our MMO Week in Review! Want more roundups of content? Try Friday’s Betawatch for MMO testing highlights, Saturday’s Make My MMO for MMO crowdfunding updates, and Sunday’s The MOP Up, which mops up all the bits of news we didn’t cover anywhere else.
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