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GDC 2021: War stories from World of Warcraft

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Just before the news about the state litigation against Activision-Blizzard broke last month, Senior Software Engineer Joseph Cochron and Principal Software Engineer Kurtis McCathern...

Massively on the Go: The Witcher Monster Slayer shows why Pokemon Go is still the best

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Nearly a year ago, Niantic employees did a GDC presentation on Augmented Reality design practices, though it seemed a bit more like best practices...

GDC 2021: Biometrics, advertising, and charming communities in video games

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While other gaming conventions do big game reveals, the beauty of GDC is that we hear about some of the cool tech and practices...

GDC 2021: Accessibility in gaming means innovation for everyone

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You may have noticed that accessibility comes up a lot whenever we cover GDC, and GDC 2021 won't be much different. However, while presentations...

GDC 2021: Star Wars Galaxies was a complex game of corporate greed and fan love

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It was an MMO built in about three years, with a miserable launch, a depressing churn rate, and the most infamous patch in all...

GDC 2021: Are VR and AR companies liable for gamer content creation?

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One thing I love about a good GDC presentation is when devs bring up those issues that many of us get a funny feeling...

GDC 2021: How smarter AI could build characters and decks to help new MMO players

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There's a bit of a theme at GDC 2021 concerning online card games, especially TCGs, and smart tech/deep learning AI. At a panel this...

GDC 2021: Navigating player behaviors and cheating in online video games

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GDC 2021 has now offered several panels on player behavior and cheating that are aimed at devs but still provide some good information for...

GDC 2021: Research on online video game voice chat has come a long way

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Covering studies about video gamers often reveals a glaring problem with the science on the topic: Most of it looks has traditionally surveyed text...

The 2021 Nexon Developers Conference is now public, and it includes a Guild Wars 2 audio panel

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As promised, Nexon has kicked off the Nexon Developers Conference this week, with nearly 50 dev-led sessions on "data analysis, programing, visual art and...
That'll cost you money.

The Soapbox: Reconsidering social media as an MMORPG

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At GDC 2011, Raph Koster gave a talk in which he said, "Games are fundamentally social media and always have been." You can watch...
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WoW Factor: What does the lack of BlizzCon mean for World of Warcraft?

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So we're not having a BlizzCon this year again. Not that one wasn't originally planned or at least in the early stages of planning,...

Guild Wars 2 memorializes Stan LePard in-game in today’s big balance patch

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Back in February, we shared the sad news that composer Stan LePard had passed away. LePard was a renowned musical artist who'd penned music...

MMO Business Roundup: Nexon’s bitcoins, Fortnite’s tiny iOS playerbase, and GDC’s State of the Industry

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. GDC's State of the Industry: GDC's annual survey of game developers offers an array...
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GDC 2021: What attracts – and motivates – mobile and MMO gamers?

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GDC 2021 has been running this week, but sadly there aren't a lot of relevant panels for MMO or online game enthusiasts. However, it...
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GDC 2021: Intel and Spirit AI’s Bleep aims to filter live audio – and toxicity

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At Intel's GDC 2021 panel "Billions of Gamers, Thousands of Needs" this week, Intel and Spirit AI announced a new end-user application designed "to...
Yeah, cool.

Insiders expose Google Stadia’s rushed release, poor hiring practices, and stymied studios

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As things for Google Stadia continue to fall apart, with internal dev studios shutting down, misleading inter-company communications, and an impending class-action lawsuit from...

Massively Overthinking: Our favorite MMO stories of 2020

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Earlier this week, we named our biggest MMO story of the year and gave it an award, though we imagine it's hard for a...

Massively Overthinking: Gratitude for the devs of the MMO genre

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Thanksgiving conveniently falls on a Thursday every year, which means it's the perfect topic for our regular Thursday Massively Overthinking roundtable. I've asked our writers what they're grateful for in and around the MMO genre the last couple of years - and now we're gonna do it again.

MMO Business Roundup: GDC 2021, Netmarble, NYCC, voice actors, Gamescom, Steam’s autumn festival

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news! GDC 2021: Fresh off the digital GDC Summer 2020, Informa Tech announced that its...

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