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Massively-on-the-Go: Niantic’s ‘Mega’ missteps in Pokemon Go

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Previously in our Massively-on-the-Go column, we covered the deluge of events and updates Pokemon Go has seen this season, with a bit of commentary. While...

Massively on the Go: All the events and promos coming Pokemon Go this fall

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Pokemon Go has received a sudden influx of new events, updates, partnerships, and "heads-ups" from Niantic in the past few days. Most are small,...

Massively on the Go: Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Dynamax Adventure dungeons for the fan and MMO player

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Helping to bring the Pokemon main-series games closer into the MMO realm, Pokemon Sword and Shield's new expansion, The Crown Tundra, introduced Dynamax Adventures, a kind of simplified...

Kingdom Maker is a medieval fantasy mobile MMO of politics, love, war, and subterfuge

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Ever wanted to manage a medieval kingdom from your favorite mobile device along with lots of other players? You'll soon be able to when...

Massively on the Go: Pokemon Go’s new event includes problematic features and stat bloat

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Yes, more not-great-news in Pokemon Go, and yes, it's once again mostly about Mega Evolution. While it's been nice that the official Pokemon Go...

Massively on the Go: An open letter to Pokemon Go’s Niantic and The Pokemon Company

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Dear Niantic and The Pokemon Company, Thank you for Pokemon Go. Despite my criticism, this is probably the longest I've ever played a Pokemon game. Ever. I've...

Massively on the Go: Here’s how Niantic is trying to fix Pokemon Go’s Mega Evolutions

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A bit before Niantic's wellness week kicks in for employees, Pokemon Go players got an update on the Mega Evolution problem/solution. We've previously covered...

Massively on the Go: Everything we know about Pokemon Go’s new mega evolutions

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In another new twist, Pokemon Go has just released Generation 6's big feature, Mega Evolutions, before Generation 6 pokemon themselves. While we've had mega...

GDC Summer 2020: Better living, climate awareness, and citizen science through games

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Way back during GDC 2018, I covered several panels relating to gaming for good. Things like citizen science projects, games as medicine or for...

GDC Summer 2020: Creating kinder digital communities outside of online games

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I don't know about the rest of you, but I've found that being familiar with online communities and tech has really helped me survive...

GDC Summer 2020: Accessibility shouldn’t be a dirty word in online gaming

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I don't know about you readers, but one of the first things I always do when starting a game with voice acting (or movie)...
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GDC Summer 2020: How Astroneer’s crafting balances cognitive load for the player

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Long time followers of Astroneer may recall that the game's early development crafting felt cute but incomplete. Despite the game already being in the wild,...

GDC Summer 2020: Roblox, player-generated content, and the ‘metaverse’

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Roblox VP of Product Deepak Chandrasekaran held a skill-building talk at GDC Summer 2020 this week titled Building the Metaverse through User Generated Content...

GDC Summer 2020: Gachapon reward models in (mostly) free-to-play games

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Let's be real: Some of the panel titles at GDC Summer 2020 are unintentionally misleading. For example, the "Evolution of Gacha Systems in Mobile...
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GDC Summer 2020: Pokemon Go’s Niantic offers augmented reality design advice

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I was really looking forward to Niantic's AR Game Design 101 panel at GDC Summer 2020 this week because for all my criticisms of...

GDC Summer 2020: What online gaming can (and should) learn from social media’s trainwrecks

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The circle is now complete: Social media has mastered skills MMOs and online games haven't, not that social media was paying much attention to...

GDC Summer 2020: Immersive multiplayer storytelling with Disney’s Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

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Prior to this whole virus thing, one thing that I was enjoying about MMOs was how they (along with ideas taken from social media)...

GDC Summer 2020: How Niantic adapted Pokemon Go gameplay in the time of COVID-19

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GDC Summer 2020 is running all this week, and I'm, well, at home. But much like Pokemon Go, the convention adapted, and while I've...

Massively on the Go: Fun ideas for online play in Animal Crossing New Horizons

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I love sandbox gameplay. I'm pretty sure a lot of you readers do too, which is probably why a good deal of us have...

Massively on the Go: Exploring Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Isle of Armor expansion

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I knew from the website shown at the initial announcement that Pokemon Sword and Shield's first expansion, The Isle of Armor, would be more of...

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