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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...

EU Parliament adopts resolution to regulate games industry harms from lockboxes to manipulative design

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Call them lockboxes, lootboxes, gambleboxes, or gachapon: The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to adopt a resolution "ensuring a safe online environment for online...

Microsoft and Unity collectively shed over 10,000 employees in latest round of tech layoffs

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Another round of layoffs are coming to both Microsoft and Unity. Both tech companies are dropping more employees from their respective workforces, with Unity...
Yeah, cool.

Stadia offers one last game to subscribers in the form of Worm Game

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Before Google Stadia closes its doors for good, the service is offering its fans one final game to play for free. Lest you get...
Trade? Buy? Sell?

World of Warcraft is offering everyone bonus Trader’s Tender for purchasing Dragonflight

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Have you bought Dragonflight yet? The developers of World of Warcraft are really hoping that the answer is yes, and in the game's continual...
Oh, good, you're finally awake.

Halo Infinite gets Skyrim’s Whiterun as a player-created map

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Hey, you. You're finally awake. We thought we'd lost you in a horrible nightmare; you just kept rolling over and mumbling how Skyrim is...
Savagery!

Here’s how items, mounts, and weapons are designed and implemented in Final Fantasy XIV

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Every item you see in Final Fantasy XIV - every weapon your character equips, every mount you ride on, every minion you get to...
Great plan. Hold on there.

Square-Enix’s Yosuke Matsuda is still all-in on blockchain and NFTs even after 2022

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You might think that after watching the steady erosion and collapse of blockchain and NFTs in general and in the gaming space after 2022,...
Oh, look over there, it's an installed base.

The Division 2 is coming to Steam on January 12

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If you've been refusing to pick up The Division 2 until it arrived on Steam... well, goodness, you've been waiting a while. We applaud...
You want to live here, huh?

The Daily Grind: When has an MMO surprised you with its success?

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I was right there for the whole thing - the initial launch, the change in management, the relaunch - but I never really expected...
oh nooooooo

The FTC is moving to block Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision-Blizzard

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Some things are just not surprising, and the FTC deciding that it wants to block the acquisition of Activision-Blizzard by Microsoft is one such...
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...

National Labor Relations Board denies Activision-Blizzard’s attempt to freeze Albany QA workers’ union vote

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While this might have seemed like a Sisyphean effort on the part of Activision-Blizzard, it's still always good to know when flagrant unionbusting efforts...
WHEEEEEEEEEEEE

MMO veteran Scott Hartsman discusses why overseas game publishing is so messy

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All right, so Blizzard and Netease are no longer working together for publishing the former studio's games in China. That's significant, but it should...
Crowfell.

Crowfall is going offline on November 22, supposedly for further development work

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Since Crowfall was purchased in December of last year, the news coming out of the game has been minimal at best. So today's announcement...
I'm thinking it over.

Leaderboard: Has the gaming community ‘beaten’ NFTs?

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I have to give this article in Bloomberg a lot of props for being something you don't see very often: a piece touting the...
Wheeeee

Fractured Online disables new purchases for players in Asian countries, posts new survey

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Players who want to play Fractured Online but live in Japan are going to have a harder time at this point, as Dynamight Studios...
Oh no. Anyway...

Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier is shutting down in January after less than a year of operation

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It's apparently the season for Square-Enix to cut loose its various online games that are severely underperforming, as Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier...
Whatever.

CEO of Platinum Games on Babylon’s Fall: ‘Live service games are definitely something we do want to do’

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Ultimately, Babylon's Fall went about as badly as a live-service game could conceivably go. It launched to poor reviews and reception, never convinced a...
Oof.

Discord adds new forum channels feature to community channels

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So you probably don't like having to subscribe to a game's Discord channel and go trawling through pinned posts and asking people just to...

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