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For Science: Gamer Motivation Survey data suggest strategic gaming in is a nasty decline

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When I first got access to a PC as a kid, it was a couple of years before the first true MMORPG launched, and...

For Science: Fandom’s survey shows a majority of gamers play to unwind and de-stress

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I know you'll all be shocked to learn that people play games to have fun and chill out, but in the current industry, sometimes...
The monolith.

IGDA survey casts a light on game devs’ impressions of industry diversity, job satisfaction, and crunch culture

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The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has put together the 2023 version of its game developer satisfaction survey, which continues to take the temperature...
It's not a good game, Beavis.

‘Evergreen titles and robust content pipelines reign supreme,’ says games industry firm Newzoo

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We conveniently had a community discussion on the meaning of old-school when it comes to MMOs earlier this week, so consider that required reading...

Can’t see the eclipse in person today? Here’s how to watch it with online with some gaming flair

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As we noted on Friday, there's a major celestial event happening for North America today: A lot of you are about to see an...

NASA teams up with Epic’s Fortnite and Microsoft’s Minecraft to stream the April 8 solar eclipse

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If you somehow don't know about the solar eclipse this coming Monday, then you're probably not in the US since that's all anyone here...

For Science: EVE Online’s Project Discovery initiative opens signups for mobile testing

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At EVE Fanfest last fall, CCP Games announced that its latest Project Discovery push would essentially set EVE Online players to training AI in...
This is the face of giving a damn.

Vague Patch Notes: The limits of data in MMORPGs

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Yesterday, I went on a rant about data. As you probably guessed from the various columns wherein I attempt to use data to analyze...
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WoW Factor: Blizzard didn’t reveal World of Warcraft sub numbers – it drew a Mystery Line

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It will not surprise anyone reading this to learn that there are things which upset me. This is just part of being a human...

GDC’s 2024 industry survey: Game devs weigh in on AI, layoffs, unionization, RTO, and more

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Every year, GDC conducts an industry-wide survey of game developers and compiles the results in its State of the Game Industry, the 2024 edition...

Study finds social media game ads don’t properly disclose the existence of lockboxes and in-game purchases

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A recent study conducted by legal expert and lockbox researcher Leon Y. Xiao has been completed and it finds that lockbox disclosures in social...
Never quest.

A look back at the MMO and gaming science topics of 2023

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This month marks MOP's ninth consecutive year covering science-related news specific to MMORPGs and MMOs, but like last year, there wasn't nearly as much...

Video game trade association says most people want video games for Christmas, huh

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When I asked my kids to write me out their Christmas wish lists this year, they both turned in lists with games and game...

What’s the most cost-effective inventory option in Lord of the Rings Online? One blogger’s done the math

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Lord of the Rings Online blogger and guide-maker extraordinaire FibroJedi has pubbed a super useful post this week we just have to highlight because...

Quantic Foundry’s survey examines the motivations of gamers drawn to sci-fi settings

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Quantic Foundry - aka the Nick Yee-backed analytics company that's most well-known for its Gamer Motivation Model - has shared some responses from an...

Diablo IV serves up ‘Nightmare Fuel’ audio experience in order to induce thematic lucid dreaming

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The marketing team behind Diablo IV continues to prove it's either extremely creative or taking some extremely powerful substances. The latest marketing stunt from...
This looks... boring.

Lawful Neutral: Reverse engineering World of Warcraft’s subscriber numbers

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Do you know what time it is? It's almost quarterly financial report time! We probably won't see a full quarterly report from Activision-Blizzard as...
Nope.

MMO Business Roundup: MY.GAMES’ CEO, Valve’s antitrust fine, and research on China’s gaming regulations

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent business news. Numbers numbers numbers. In fact, this edition has the whole trifecta: business,...
Skeleton dance forever.

Hunters lead the pack for deaths on World of Warcraft Classic’s hardcore realms

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All right, how many of you found out the hard way that Feign Death turns into actual death if you don't interrupt it before...

EVE Fanfest 2023: EVE players will help cure cancer with new Project Discovery minigame

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Back in 2016, EVE Online developer CCP Games announced an unusual partnership with scientific research organisation MMOs and the Human Protein Atlas. They created...

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