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Obituary: Former Free Realms creative director Laralyn McWilliams has passed away

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I'm sorry to report this morning that game developer Laralyn McWilliams has passed away at the age of 58. MMO fans will remember her...

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...

Massively on the Go: Five features location-based MMOs keep using – but shouldn’t

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I was hoping to cover a couple of other location-based games besides Jurassic World Alive this month, but as I played them, there were a...

Ultima Online’s Richard Vogel discusses the horrors of player behavior in an open PvP sandbox

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Gaming historians have long documented that Ultima Online was something of a communal wild west when it created its open FFA PvP sandbox -...

Nexon dives further into NFT and blockchain games with MapleStory N and a MapleStory Universe ecosystem

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Readers might remember that Nexon's push into crypto has gone as one might expect, with $40M disappearing into the void in 2021 and continued...

NCsoft hypes up its visual and AI engine tech in a trailer for narrative title Project M

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Our coverage of a trailer for a single-player game might seem like we've lost the plot on paper, but this is less about the...

Massively Overthinking: The times MMO developers admitted they were… wrong

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Earlier in March, Jagex did the unthinkable for an MMORPG company: It admitted it was wrong about something. If you're used to the Blizzards...

Former Diablo franchise devs are building a new survival action RPG

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Can you make lightning strike twice? Would you be willing to bet industry vets can do it? Investors at least are willing to try,...

Gamigo shuffles out RIFT’s old Hellbugs event for the Lunar New Year weekend

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Gamigo's been a bit of a mess the last couple of months, and by all accounts RIFT's last community manager was let go earlier...

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...

Massively Overthinking: The biggest 2022 MMO trainwrecks (almost) nobody noticed

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As we wrap up our end-of-the-year and turn-of-the-calendar content until next December, there's one more recurring Massively Overthinking I like to do - and...

Raph ‘Designer Dragon’ Koster reminisces on 25 years of Ultima Online

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While our own Game Archaeologist columnist Justin offered a retrospective of Ultima Online (and its alt ruleset server New Legacy was delayed into next...

Massively Uplifting: WoW players break barriers, Bungie and ZeniMax raise money to help children

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Summer sweetness is not just for corn and watermelon! No, it's for all the kind and generous gestures of of our fellow gamers and...

Family of former Ultima Online lead designer and game academic opens college memorial fund in his honor

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Back in October of last year, we reported the news that Mike Sellers, best known to our corner of the gaming universe as a...

GDC joins the chorus of game studios and publishers supporting access to reproductive healthcare

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Whether it's major studios speaking up or indie devs creating a charity bundle, the subject of supporting reproductive healthcare rights and bodily autonomy in...

PAX East 2022’s COVID outbreak has already resulted in one death

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Last week, we covered the story about an apparent COVID outbreak at PAX East, which followed an outbreak at GDC; no less than the...

PAX East vendor reports COVID-19 exposures from the event despite masking and vax requirements

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If you were concerned about PAX East 2022 being an in-person event in spite of the ongoing COVID pandemic, your caution may have been...

EVE Online boss: NFT stands for ‘Not for Tranquility’

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At GDC this year, EVE Online's CCP Games raised eyebrows when CEO Hilmar Petursson was photographed meeting with crypto, NFT, and metaverse entrepreneurs. Players...

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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