Winter in space, Friday in California

EVE Online has suffered chat outages all week (and they’re still happening)

Hello, EVE Online? It's us, your friends and family. We're knocking on your door because we just want to talk... but no one can...

Roblox faces lawsuit alleging it enabled the sexual exploitation of a minor

The company that owns and operates Roblox is facing an extremely serious lawsuit that alleges the game platform failed to keep a young girl...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the best general chat function out there?

Not all general chats are made equal. Some of them are cesspits filled with slurs, inappropriate commentary, and general awfulness so bad that you...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the worst chat interface?

No, this piece isn't about Barrens chat or unmoderated toxicity! This is about the chat experience and interface itself. MOP's Justin recently joked that he...
Bad people doing bad things.

The Daily Grind: What’s the most important medium you have for talking with your MMO friends?

There was a time, way back when, that I kept AOL Instant Messenger open on a regular just because it was the easiest way...

Not So Massively Roundup: LoL’s chat test, Overwatch Halloween, and Fortnite acknowledges Among Us

Our not-particularly-massively-multiplayer news has started to pile up, which means it's time for a quick run-down of games in the MMORPG genre's orbit. We've...

Massively Overthinking: The worst chat in the MMORPG genre

The first rule of MMORPGs is turn off global chat. Think about that for a sec. This is a genre that is expressly multiplayer...

Cloud Imperium says ‘there’s NO place for racism in the Star Citizen community’

Several members of the Star Citizen community messed around and found out. The story begins with a plea to CIG to introduce a profanity...

Book of Travels explains how players will communicate without text chat

One of the many, many factors that will set the upcoming Book of Travels apart from your boiler-plate online RPGs is that the game...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the worst general chat channel?

Yes, yes, I know all of the jokes, World of Warcraft general chat is vile enough to be used as a biotoxin and all of...

The Daily Grind: How do you handle general chat in your MMO of choice?

In some games like World of Warcraft, you have the dedicated general chat channel. In other games, you just have people shouting so that everyone...
I mean, you know what it looks like.

The Daily Grind: Do you take part in absurd general chat in MMOs?

For all that Barrens Chat in classic World of Warcraft has long been considered vile enough to break out the capital letters, it's easy...
Talk talk talk.

EVE Online officially ends its nullsec blackout today

The nullsec communications blackout in EVE Online came with plenty of warning for players, but it was still a surreal experience for veterans when the...

Neverwinter, Champions Online, and Star Trek Online end XMPP chat client support

In an effort to reportedly take on the ever-encroaching menace that is gold selling spammers, outside chat client support powered by XMPP will be...

Here’s how Discord says it’s been addressing toxicity and spam

It's nearly impossible to be a gamer in 2019 and not be at least familiar with Discord, the ubiquitous chat program that's replaced, in...

The Daily Grind: Are you actually using Steam’s new chat and group features?

Last week, Steam pushed live the changes to its social features it first announced back in June. As we wrote at the time, its...

Crowfall explains its new Vivox chat integration

The chat system in Crowfall was developed in-house for chatting within the game, and it had only one problem insofar as it didn't actually...

Steam and Discord keep trying to copy each other

Where does your allegiance lie: Steam or Discord? It won't really matter either way, considering that both online services are trying so hard to...
I'm not exaggerating when I say that I had Highmountain unlocked without any intent of ever using it.

The Daily Grind: Is zone-wide chat a good thing for MMOs?

The first MMO I ever played was Final Fantasy XI, which meant that I got used to the idea of having no zone-wide chat....
No. Uh-uh.

The Daily Grind: Is lack of text chat in an MMO a dealbreaker for you?

I wouldn't be able to play TERA on console. Not simply because I lack the console it's available on; that could be fixed by...