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New survey points to increase in hate and harassment in online multiplayer games

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The behavior of people in online games does not appear to be improving for the better. According to national survey results from the...

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...
Fair fights.

EVE Online dev discusses how communities and lasting friendships form in the sandbox

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Let's all ignore the 15 weeks' worth of explosions, bubbles, and fighting going on in EVE Online and instead talk about friendship....

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...

Star Citizen has 720K total backers and 34K subscribers according to gathered public data

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Getting subscriber details for multiplayer and MMO titles out of companies can often be like pulling teeth out of an alligator's mouth with a...

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...
Team play.

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...

The Daily Grind: What’s the most annoying ‘dark pattern’ in MMO gaming?

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I've been kind of obsessed with dark patterns - that is, intentionally deceptive or annoying interface design - for kind of a while now,...

GDC Summer 2020: Better living, climate awareness, and citizen science through games

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Way back during GDC 2018, I covered several panels relating to gaming for good. Things like citizen science projects, games...

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...

GDC Summer 2020: What online gaming can (and should) learn from social media’s trainwrecks

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The circle is now complete: Social media has mastered skills MMOs and online games haven't, not that social media was paying much attention to...
Planet of hates.

For Science: Meta-analysis of aggression studies shows no link between aggression and video games

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Do video games make people violent? The dispatch from the APA back in March certainly seems to indicate that it thinks so, which...

COVID-19 roundup: How the pandemic has affected game devs, GameStop’s flip-flopping on mask wearing policy

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Hey, it's been some time since we've done one of these roundup stories about the novel coronavirus' effect on gaming, and since there are...
Attached.

SuperData calls expansions the ‘lifeblood’ for World of Warcraft

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I have a thing about graphs without labeled axes. Just yesterday, I was literally making fun of the time Nexon turned in this unitless graph in its investor report. Yay squiggly lines!
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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...

What’s the biggest MMO in the world? That’s OK – this video doesn’t know either

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Redditor u/SanctuaryZ attracted attention on several gaming subs this week for his visualization video attempting to track the most popular MMORPGs ever from...

MMO Business Roundup: PAX Online, PAX Aus, games for ADHD, Epic’s $17B valuation

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of video games business and industry news that bumps into our little old MMO genre over here. PAX: PAX...

The Daily Grind: Do you eat while playing MMORPGs?

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Back in May, Newzoo came out with a report that asserts something like four in five gamers across the world are also busy...

EVE Online’s Project Discovery initiative tasks players with helping research COVID-19

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The novel coronavirus is still out there and it's still a problem, and EVE Online players are being tapped to help out thanks...

For Science: Steam just told on itself with its new games performance analysis

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Steam has long been regarded as a pit of doom, loaded with asset flips and scams, where where indies go to die and MMO...

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