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Betawatch: Caravan Stories hits the brakes on open beta

We're sorry to anyone who was eagerly anticipating the launch of Caravan Stories before the end of the month because it looks like...
THAT'S NOW HOW LAWS WORK

A lawsuit against Jagex for muting a player is thrown out in five days

Let's tell a story about one Amro Elansari, a player of RuneScape who was muted for undisclosed reasons (so almost certainly involving his...

Daybreak filed for yet another studio trademark just a week ago

Last week, we covered some odd happenings over at the MMORPG company formerly known as SOE and now known as Daybreak, and today we've...

Gamer-oriented ‘Gamer Goo’ lotion vows to ‘banish sweaty palms for good’

I didn't think it was possible to top game-branded Pop-Tarts or candles or bubble tea or Cheez-It, but I was...

MMORPG Seed’s devs want their AI NPCs to learn from, simulate, and fool actual players

We've been keeping an eye on MMO colony sim Seed - the SpatialOS one, not this one - for a few years...

Cheating cheaters and the online video game companies that fight them

I'm so tired of cheaters in video games. Well, I mean, also cheaters at life, but we're on a video game website, so today,...

The Daily Grind: What was the last MMORPG you played out of pure nostalgia?

Yesterday, Rock Paper Shotgun penned a piece on video game nostalgia. Editor Brian Caldwell interviewed a pile of game devs about why specifically...

Kickstarter canceled the campaign for MMORPG RAW just a day before it funded

Tomorrow was supposed to be a big day for Killerwhale Games' MMO RAW as it concluded its Kickstarter campaign - in fact, we...

Would you try a single-player spinoff of The Division 2, or are you happy with it as it is?

Over the weekend, multiple game devs, including The Division 2's creative director, floated the idea of a "single player narrative driven spin off"...

For Science: New longitudinal study demonstrates no link between video games and aggression

It seems we have another one of these papers every few months, and each time we cover them we get comments and tweets that...
Oh, this... keeps my feelings where they were before, really.

Leaderboard: Do you care more about story or combat in MMOs?

After E3, VG247 posted up an excerpt of an interview with Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red that included a startling comment:...
Sorry, guy.

The Daily Grind: Which MMO would’ve benefited from early access?

In our mailbag podcast a few weeks back, we answered a question about Wildstar, specifically about whether early access might have helped...

Make My MMO: Albion Online’s Percival, Dual Universe’s alpha 2, and Elite’s next big thing

It was an oddly quiet week for crowdfunded MMOs, probably owing to the short holiday week prior, but the news we did get was...
Blessed not be.

Betawatch: Bless Unleashed brings players around for another beta weekend

You know, Bless Unleashed has a bit of an uphill road to manage at the moment. It doesn't just have to fix bugs...

Google DeepMind is dispatching an AI to face EU StarCraft II players in the name of science

So far, I'm not afraid of the Singularity happening if the best AI can do is translate things horribly and create stumbling idiots...
Probably more friendly than Dragon's Catma.

Dragon’s Dogma Online is shuttering in December

It's entirely possible you don't remember Dragon's Dogma Online. The game it was based upon, Dragon's Dogma, is a weirdly enduring little game...

Lawful Neutral: Dance studios, canvas bags, and ‘false advertising’ in the MMO industry

As I was writing our Lawful Neutral expose of Nerd Kingdom a few weeks ago, I was pretty bothered by the conduct of...

Daybreak spent June creating even more new companies than we thought

This week, we've been covering some strange moves over at MMORPG company Daybreak, the studio long ago comfortably nestled under Sony's hierarchy as SOE...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO suffers the most from powercreep?

Last month, an MOP reader named Swifty replied to our Daily Grind about the last MMO he'd quit by calling out EverQuest...
Mouth.

RuneScape studio Jagex contradicts claim that its Chinese owner resold it

OK, so maybe Jagex hasn't been sold again, yet. The backstory: Earlier this year, we covered the news that RuneScape developer Jagex was being put...

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