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Players caught Niantic’s Campfire app broadcasting private data in spite of security settings

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This won't surprise many readers, but Campfire, the social media messenger app built by Niantic for its games, is not working as promised and...

Fortnite adds new ‘cabined’ account type giving parents control over kids’ gaming

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"Cabined" is a word you probably don't see every day unless you're in a couple of specific industries, but the rest of us should...
Not worth cheering over.

Activision-Blizzard releases its year-to-date diversity statistics showing an increase in underrepresented groups

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Activision-Blizzard's general issues with diversity and representation have prompted a number of changes within its corporate structure, and one of those is the company's...

Microsoft Xbox boss announces commitments to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo Switch and keep the series on Steam

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Last week insider reports said that Microsoft was willing to enter into a 10-year commitment with Sony that would ensure access to the Call...
It's not working.

Did anyone still think Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer was happening? Because it’s really not

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Stop me if you've heard this one: CD Projekt Red is very sorry but it's not going to bother with multiplayer for Cyberpunk 2077...

Hundreds of QA workers at ZeniMax – including Elder Scrolls Online’s ZOS – are preparing to unionize

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File this one under reasons we can have nice things: QA workers at ZeniMax have announced they aim to unionize under the Communication Workers...
Sometimes you know there's an ongoing story.

Lord of the Rings Online dev explains the rationale behind hub-based quest design

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Some things in Lord of the Rings Online are not in place intentionally, like whatever error it was that led to players having a...

Make My MMO: Crowfall’s sunset and Elite’s update 14

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Crowfall went offline this week, possibly for the last time, as new owner Monumental pulled the game back into development without a clear plan,...

QA workers at Diablo IV studio unanimously vote to form a union

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Activision-Blizzard has once more been thwarted in its efforts to stop workers at one of its studios from forming a union. After fighting through months...
Loack? Lode?

Amazon says its Fallout series won’t follow any of the games’ stories

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What's your favorite Fallout game? I am quite partial to Fallout 2, as it was a mainstay on my PC for over a year...

Roblox’s sketchy monetization attracts kids, parents, and hungry corporations alike

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Would you pay your kids' allowance in virtual currency? That's the frame for a piece today on The Wall Street Journal, which offers an...

Massively Overthinking: The best MMO music of 2022

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Years ago, MOP's Justin listened to hundreds - no, probably more like thousands - of MMO music tracks to narrow this topic down to...
Yeah, cool.

Google Stadia hardware refunds have begun rolling out following its cancelation

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Just two months ago, Google announced the sunset of Stadia, which was less a surprise than an expectation at that point, given the company's...

Russian security forces apparently killed STALKER larpers they thought were real terrorists

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This story's pretty distressing, so we gotta warn you up front: Some S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl superfans were apparently killed by Russian security forces...

National Labor Relations Board denies Activision-Blizzard’s attempt to freeze Albany QA workers’ union vote

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While this might have seemed like a Sisyphean effort on the part of Activision-Blizzard, it's still always good to know when flagrant unionbusting efforts...
Mature, intelligent decisions.

Australian lawmaker proposes bill that would classify games with lockboxes for adults only

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There is at least one lawmaker in Australia who feels very strongly about the matter of gaming lockboxes, apparently. Andrew Wilkie, an independent member...

From the Depths: ‘Free-to-play’ World of Warships is an expensive journey

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When I first started playing MMO’s back in 2012, the hot debate of the time was subscription vs. free-to-play business models. Over the last...

A group of Spiral Knights ‘fans’ form an LLC to try to purchase the game and turn it into a blockchain clowncar

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Spiral Knights is not a game that pings our radar very often, but it is still trucking along regardless - we last peered in...
Popcorn appropriately.

Microsoft to concede Call of Duty to Sony for 10 years to stave off UK government’s halt of ActiBlizz buyout

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Over the past couple of months, the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been putting Microsoft's buyout of Activision-Blizzard under a microscope, with...
Sitting around.

Monumental’s CEO once again says ‘nothing is off the table’ as the devs work on retooling Crowfall

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Crowfall shut down last week, though it did so with a vague promise of some kind of return - a prospect that hasn't instilled...

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