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Whee.

E3 is currently in planning to be a digital-only event this year

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If you were hoping that 2021 would return to hordes of people crammed into convention halls for this year's E3 after last year's...
Aging

China’s video game regulators introduce a three-tier age rating system for games

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If you're accustomed to the age rating of games in the US, it's easy to forget that this is a voluntary system rather than...
Sure. Fine.

Microsoft outlines shared goals with Sony and Nintendo to make gaming ‘safer’

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There are a lot of things that Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo all disagree about. Which company gets your money, for example. But a...
Someone thinks that's neat, probably.

Cyberpunk 2077 appears to have the biggest PC launch of all time

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It turns out a lot of people want to live in a cybernetic dystopia other than the one we are presently engaged with, based on...
Work on a team.

Square-Enix announces a permanent program allowing employees to work from home

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Like many companies, Square-Enix had to embrace work-from-home options earlier this year to deal with lockdowns across Japan. It appears those programs were considered...
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...
Whee.

The summer of no E3 seems to be treating publishers and developers just fine in terms of buzz

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This is the year of no E3, the year with no big summer convention in which everyone packs together in a building to see...
Accidental burn.

Sony is considering purchasing the Chinese firm Leyou

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You probably don't think a whole lot about Leyou at this point, but you probably should; the holding company owns most of Digital Extremes...
No screenshots yet, obviously.

Raph Koster’s Playable Worlds studio raises an additional $10 million in funding

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We still know nothing about what the first project out of Raph Koster's new studio, Playable Worlds, will actually look like. But we do...
We never like these things.

PEGI adds lockbox warnings to rating labels

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That sure didn't take long. Earlier this week, we found out that the ESRB would be adding a specific content warning to games...
Whee.

E3 won’t be happening in a digital format this year

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The cancellation of E3 2020 was significant; even if the trade show has been generally diminished in importance over the past several years, it's...
So steamy.

Steam adds in a new interactive recommendation feature

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There are a lot of games on Steam. What the heck do you want to play? Valve is hoping to solve that particular problem...

Google Stadia apparently has offered insufficient incentives for devs on the platform

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So why exactly is Stadia - a major platform launched pushed by Google of all the companies in the world - floundering so badly? The...
In space, no one can transmit illness.

The Daily Grind: How much do you see COVID-19 impacting the MMO sphere?

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It's not really surprising that COVID-19 is having an impact on gaming. No, the disease is not rampaging through the world with a horribly...
This is what you are.

The IRS deleted guidelines citing Fortnite’s Vbucks as virtual currency like Bitcoin

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Every so often you just get to see a news story and think to yourself that this is going to turn into a major issue...
Marketing!

Vague Patch Notes: How to read games industry investor reports as a player

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The old adage goes that diplomacy is the art of saying "nice doggy" until you can find a rock. By extension, marketing is the...
Fair's fair.

Nexon agrees to a wage increase after negotiations with its labor union

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Well, this is a nice surprise for anyone who had been rooting for the labor unions. After lengthy negotiations following a year of big...
Ridin spinnas, ridin spinnas

Rumor has it that Electronic Arts is doing something with Knights of the Old Republic

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Attention all hands; this is not a drill. Or maybe it is because, well... rumors are what they are. But the current rumor is...
This is someone else's problem.

UK NHS director calls out lootboxes as ‘under the radar’ gambling

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As much as the developers who make lockboxes would probably like for the random packs of items to start slipping back under the radar,...
Tainted.

ESA responds to Sony’s skipping of E3 2020, saying the show will be ‘high-energy’

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So if you missed the news due to it generally being shrug-worthy, it turns out that Sony has decided to skip out on...

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