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GDC’s State of the Games Industry survey once again demonstrates dev skepticism for metaverse and blockchain hokum

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This year's State of the Game Industry from GDC - its 11th since beginning the project - delivers a range of insights from the...

For Science: New research tries to link game choices, soft skills, and career paths

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I suspect most long-time MMORPG gamers can point to a useful skill, contact, or experience in gaming that helped them in their careers or...

A look back at the MMO and gaming science topics of 2022

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It's hard to believe, but 2022 is actually the eighth year in a row we've been tracking science stories relevant to the MMO genre....
Not worth cheering over.

Activision-Blizzard releases its year-to-date diversity statistics showing an increase in underrepresented groups

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Activision-Blizzard's general issues with diversity and representation have prompted a number of changes within its corporate structure, and one of those is the company's...

For Science: New study finds positive association between excessive gaming and kids’ cognition

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Academics offered up another good reason to play video games this past October: A new study of around 2000 kids found that video game...
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Lawful Neutral: How extremism and terrorism slither into online gaming

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Back in 2014, something happened in the gaming space, something whose impact was so damaging that even almost 10 years later, I realize that...

Riot Games sponsors design challenge centered on making online spaces safer

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Riot Games is not a gaming company most folks in our industry would consider a paragon of community in or off the court. The...

US Department of Homeland Security issues a nearly $700K grant to research extremism in gaming

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There are toxic people in games chat, and then there are people who use video gaming platforms as a ways to encourage extremism and...

Bloomberg’s Twitch report exposes a platform rife with children and predators

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Bloomberg has a deeply disturbing exposé this week on Twitch that demonstrates how the streaming platform intended for video games is being used by...

Star Stable launches new charity initiative to counter negative ‘horse girl’ stereotypes

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A few weeks back I joked on the MOP podcast that I'm a secret horse girl, and it's true in real life and in...

EVE Echoes launches a Project Discovery science initiative, EVE Online preps for next Alliance Tournament

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Regular players of EVE Online are likely very familiar with the game's Project Discovery "citizen science" initiatives that let players help out scientific research,...

Axie Infinity CEO caught shuffling $3M in the game’s crypto tokens before announcing its $620M hack

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No matter how decentralized cryptocurrencies claim to be, there's always going to be a paper trail to follow, and one such trail was left...

EVE Online’s Fanfest data dump shows a surprisingly wide range of player types

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EVE Online is going full science fair mode with the release of a whole suite of fancy graphs and data collected and presented during...
The what?

For Science: New research affirms online friends provide emotional and informational support

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You've probably seen the declaration that "online friends are real friends" somewhere on the internet a few times, and while that can seem pretty...

The Daily Grind: Should MMO PvP matchmaking focus on challenge or engagement?

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MOP's Sam recently stumbled across an MSM article that quotes multiple streamers and esports players essentially complaining about matchmaking systems in competitive games. The...

The Daily Grind: Are you playing a ‘morally disengaged murder hobo’ in MMOs?

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The Psychology of Video Games podcast recently did a bit on "murder hobos," and yes, Dr Jamie Madigan does point out that the term...

Activision-Blizzard creeps out the internet with its ‘Diversity Space Tool’ as union-busting continues

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Friday afternoon, Activision-Blizzard proudly trotted out a dev blog talking up the creation of a "Diversity Space Tool" that the company has apparently been...

Trove’s new player survey nods to Quantic Foundry’s Gamer Motivation Model

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Gamigo did more than just update Glyph this week; it also posted a survey for Trove players to "share thoughts and help shape...

GDC 2022: Control, revenue, scarcity, ethics, and the human challenges of the gaming ‘metaverse’

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While some panels at GDC 2022 have been deeply disappointing, the panel titled "A Brave New (Virtual) World: Ethics and Governance of XR and...

GDC 2022: How ‘game stressors’ mix and match for repeatable content development in MMOs

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Continuing our GDC 2022 coverage of Bungie Principal Technical Game Designer Alan Blaine's talk on building challenges and reusable content in Destiny 2, we're going...

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