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Hate groups are getting deleted from Steam… if they’re overt enough

It's fair to say at this point that Steam is an enormous part of the PC gaming market. It's also fair to say that...
Well this is... not great.

Steam terminates its relationship with MMO company Insel Games over alleged review manipulation

It's really unusual to see publishers outright booted off of Steam, but Valve has done exactly that to Insel Games following reports of...
So long, guy. You looked good.

The Daily Grind: Has the MOBA bubble burst?

The past few weeks have not been kind for fans of MOBAs. In a short span of time we've lost Paragon, Master...
Hello again.

Amazon’s New World page is back again [Updated]

On Monday of last week, we reported that a video of the anticipated and rather mysterious New World from Amazon had been leaked......
No, it's still not.

Why developers believe abusive vitriol is the cost of doing business with games

When is it appropriate to send verbal abuse to someone you don't know personally? When is it appropriate to tell someone that you hope...

EA filed an ‘Engagement Optimized Matchmaking’ patent in 2016

Remember Activision's rather skeezy matchmaking patent from last year? That one was pretty straightforward in how it worked, if unpleasant: You buy...
oh

LawBreakers is the weak link in Nexon’s Q3 2017 financial results

Here's the good news for Nexon's Q3 2017 investor call: The company had a good set of third-quarter results overall, and it...
Not like that, no.

Rumor: Blizzard’s next title involves vehicles and may be an Overwatch spinoff

There's a title under development at Blizzard that's been hiring for a while now, but no one actually knows what it is. So...
No, this is not from my playthrough.

Clicker Heroes dev on abandoning the free-to-play model for the sequel

If you've never played Clicker Heroes, you can pick it up for your phone or on Steam right now; it's a lightweight little idle...

Raph Koster on the cost of making games from the industry side

All of this talk about the price of making games and the price of playing games thanks to Star Wars: Battlefront II has...
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Steam continues reviews system tinkering to thwart spam

Steam has been doubling down on addressing review problems lately, starting with its attempt to counter review bombing. This has been a good...
thanks, I hate it

PlayerUnknown thinks PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds doesn’t deserve game of the year

Did you know that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is up for a Game of the Year award? Probably not, because... like, there are a lot...
So... I mean, you were playing that new expansion, right? Isn't that out today?

Former Blizzard executive Rob Pardo thinks we’re a long way off from VR MMOs

Rob Pardo is no longer with Blizzard, but he can still count World of Warcraft's success as a big feather in his...
SUPER, ALL GOOD

Activision secures patent for software to trick you into buying cash shop stuff, seriously

Hey, gang, this is absolutely wonderful. Activision has filed and been granted a patent for software designed to push you into buying cash...
Look in my eyes, what do you see? Creative bankruptcy.

The Daily Grind: Do you grade MMO studios on a curve?

Here's a non-surprise that came out of a discussion between Bree and me: We totally grade MMO studios on a curve. That curve is...
Pictured: Probably not Toronto.

Digital Extremes to open a new studio in Toronto

The studio behind Warframe is riding the success of that game until it runs out of rail, because why would they not? A...
BEAST

The Daily Grind: Do veteran gamers help or hurt MMOs?

You may recall that just yesterday, Justin was asking whether dinosaurs help or hurt MMOs. When I first saw the topic, though, my...
We are all alone.

Steam changes review scores to histograms in an effort to fight review bombing

If you've never heard of "review bombing" on Steam, we envy you. The process goes something like this: Something causes a certain group of...
Lineage what, now? Huh?

Netmarble under scrutiny by government agencies in the wake of a crunch-mode death

You probably remember the sad news about a Netmarble employee who was, essentially, worked straight to death. That's the bad news. The...
Monastic.

Pantheon’s Brad McQuaid elaborates on designing for an audience

Did you know that Brad McQuaid's Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen is not meant to be for everyone? Probably, because the game...

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