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MUD creator Richard Bartle’s seminal book on designing MMOs is now free

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When MMORPG players encounter the name "Bartle," they think less malt liquor and more a man who helped to pioneer the massively multiplayer online...

New UK research finds opening lootboxes is ‘structurally and psychologically akin’ to gambling

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The mountain of research-based evidence against lootboxes has had another leaflet added to the pile. A recent report from researchers at the universities of...

Massively Overthinking: Retaking Quantic’s survey to determine our ‘gamer type’

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Five years ago - yes, it's been that long! - we did an Overthinking in which our staff all took Quantic's survey to see...

Ten-year study finds no link between game violence and aggressive behavior from adolescence to adulthood

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We've got another leaflet of evidence on the already towering pile of research suggesting no link between video game violence and aggressive behavior. A...

UK study says over 1 in 10 young gamers go into debt due to lootbox spending habits

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The pushback against lockboxes in gaming in the UK continues in spite of the matter not exactly making non-stop headlines. A new study from...
Inversion

For Science: Researchers investigate why some players invert their directional controls

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When you have an analog stick to control the camera, does pushing the stick forward tilt the camera up or down? The Guardian published...

For Science: Gaming is good for you, actually, suggests new Oxford study

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A new University of Oxford study published this week suggests that there's a "positive relation between game play and well-being." The paper itself hasn't been...

Researchers argue Pokemon Go caused a discernable increase in car accidents, injuries, and deaths

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What is the deadliest video game in existence? If a scientific whitepaper is to be believed, at least in the case of Tippecanoe County,...

EVE Online players submitted over 41M classifications to fight COVID for CCP’s latest Project Discovery initiative

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What's better than a science MMO story or a feel-good MMO story? One that's both. And this one is both, as EVE Online and...
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For science: New UK study finds that video games improve the mental health, reading, and writing skills of kids

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So this one's fun. The results of a study performed in the UK between November and December of 2019 have just been released. The...

Social scientists study Minecraft and One Hour One Life communities

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You might think scientists would balk at the idea of using online gaming communities as a test bed for study, given those communities'... strong...
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Quantic Foundry surveys say gamers are seeking more relaxing and less intense gaming experiences during COVID-19

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How has the novel coronavirus pandemic altered the types of games people play, if at all? According to some new survey results from Quantic...

For Science: New paper examines the whos and whys of online trolling

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MOP reader Miol recently pointed us to an intriguing academic paper on trolling. Seriously. "Trolls" or "warriors of faith"? Differentiating dysfunctional forms of media...

UK’s Royal Society for Public Health issues report on lootboxes and their effect on gambling perception

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There's a new log on the continually burning fire regarding gaming lootboxes, their association with gambling, and their effect on young people. A new...

MMO Business Roundup: Amazon, gaming toxicity research, Blizzard’s court victory, and why people love Mike Morhaime

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Business business business! We're back for another speedy Friday afternoon roundup of some MMO and games industry business news. Amazon's next big thing We're not sure...

For Science: Study suggests racial stereotyping underpins campaign to blame real-world violence on video games

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Academics have found a way to make the media and politicians' spurious blame of video games for real-world violence look even worse than it...

Harvard Business Review uses EVE Online corps for a study on country of origin and company structure

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When the Harvard Business Review wanted to run a study on how people's place of origin affects how they structure a company, it homed...
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For Science: Another longitudinal study demonstrates no link between video games and aggression

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Back in July, we covered a Stetson University paper for a study that examined over 3000 Singaporean primary and secondary school students over the...

Researcher stomps the ‘lockboxes are Kinder Eggs’ defense into paste

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Most if not all of us pretty much felt the same way Dr. Daniel King, senior research assistant from the School of Psychology at...

For Science: Exploitative monetization, pathological gaming, and the Proteus effect

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Our newsroom is overflowing with interesting academic papers relevant to gaming - let's round a few up, shall we? First, we've got Unfair play? Video...

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