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Massively Overthinking: The first 10 minutes of an MMO

So here's the thing about Elder Scrolls games: Most of them start out with the same hook. From Morrowind to Oblivion to Skyrim, you...
We never claimed to be saints.

Anthem and BioWare lose lead producer Ben Irving

Man, it's not been the best year for Anthem, has it? BioWare's multiplayer shooter certainly underperformed and seems to be slipping into obscurity...

Space colony MMO Seed raises $22.3 million with help from LEGO (seriously)

If Scrooge McDuck piles of money are enough to get you excited about the possibility of developing games, then jump into the moneybin that...

Leaderboard: Does the ESA’s new transparent lockbox policy go far enough?

Last week, just as the FTC's video games monetization abuse investigation got underway, the ESA announced that many of the major and minor games...

Former Riot devs form well-funded Singularity 6 to build a ‘virtual society’ MMO

MMOs are dead, huh? No less than the likes of ex-Riot Games devs say not so fast. New(ish) studio Singularity 6 - led...

Former 38 Studios boss Curt Schilling contemplates run for Congress

You folks remember 38 Studios, right? The studio at the heart of one of the most scandalous fiascos in the whole MMO genre?...

DayZ will be censored globally over Aussie ban, and nobody will say it’s because drugs, but it’s probably because drugs

Remember last week when we mentioned that DayZ was running into regulatory problems down under? The reigning Australian games rating board - the...

The Daily Grind: Is the MMO genre dead or dying – or something else entirely?

PC Gamer made waves across the MMO genre this week with an article provocatively titled "For MMO diehards, there's only one conversation: is...

MMO Business Roundup: Threats on Square Enix, Netmarble’s weak Q2, and Steam’s Workshop scammers

Welcome back to another roundup of business tidbits relevant to the MMO industry! Square Enix: First up, another edition of why we can't have...
Huh.

Zenith is a new SpatialOS cyberpunk VR MMORPG – and its Kickstarter just went live

Here's something new for fans of gaming with a headset: Zenith, a VR MMO in development right now from Ramen VR, aiming...

The APA rejects link between video games and real-world violence

We're probably preaching to the choir with this one, but did you know that there is still no proven link between video games and...

The 2015 ArcheAge lawsuit finally nears a conclusion in the form of a settlement agreement

Lawsuits can be pretty long, but this one was a doozy. Let's review: In 2015, several ArcheAge players filed a class action...

Q2 2019 financials: Black Desert’s Pearl Abyss rakes in huge profits, builds six new games

You read that headline right. Six. Pearl Abyss has had an absolute banger of a second quarter according to its most recent financial...
And this fad can end any time now, I'm not going to lie.

Fortnite hit with data breach lawsuit, Fortnite champ is swatted live on stream

Epic Games and Fortnite are not having the best week. First, according to Polygon, the company's been hit with a class-action lawsuit...
Oh, hey, didn't see you guys.

The Daily Grind: Are there MMOs you’ve bought and never played?

It's sort of a running joke in the gaming world, especially for folks whose gaming revolves around Steam, that we all buy games cheaply...

Researchers discover nasty Steam security loophole that Valve allegedly initially brushed off

We all know that Steam is a pretty popular program for gamers, with over 100 million registered users and millions of people online at...

Lawful Neutral: Money laundering and micro-laundering in the MMO industry

Previously on Lawful Neutral, we talked about currency and how video game companies try very hard to not be classified as a currency...

TV networks block Apex Legends esports tourney broadcast following mass shootings

In what is being explained as a move of "respect for the victims and all those impacted" by recent mass shooting events in...

Massively Overthinking: Morality and compelling choices in MMOs

The most recent episode of The Psychology of Video Games podcast touches on a subject we don't tackle very much: moral choices. It's...

Activision-Blizzard Q2 2019 revenues dip again, WoW subs rise, expanded teams en route for Blizz

Remember in February when Activision-Blizzard posted record high financials but followed it up with a devastating round of layoffs? And then remember when...

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