Activision announces rollout of AI-assisted voice chat mod tools for its Call of Duty series

Keeping toxic voice speech under heel in FPS games might sound like a Sisyphean effort, but Activision is giving it the old college try...

Roblox unveils a new categorization for games designed for players age 17 and up

It appears that Roblox is attempting yet another small amount of effort to filter its "experiences," as the player-built games platform unveiled a new...

Parent puts Roblox on blast for her first-hand experiences of troubling games and failed content filtering

In case you were wondering if the CEO of Roblox was blowing smoke when he talked up "safety and civility," allow one parent's extremely...

Voice chat software dev Modulate partners with the ADL to improve its ToxMod tool and fight online hate

The topic of toxic and hateful online gaming communities has risen in the headlines in recent weeks, particularly as the matter earned governmental attention....

US Senator calls out Steam’s lax moderation of neo-Nazis and hate

The fact that Steam is extremely hands-off in regard to moderation isn't really news. Readers will recall it was referenced in a video report...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the best general chat function out there?

Not all general chats are made equal. Some of them are cesspits filled with slurs, inappropriate commentary, and general awfulness so bad that you...

Bloomberg’s Twitch report exposes a platform rife with children and predators

Bloomberg has a deeply disturbing exposé this week on Twitch that demonstrates how the streaming platform intended for video games is being used by...

Discord introduces new moderation tools for chat channels

The MOP community has been discussing moderation in MMORPGs quite a bit this week, and now here comes Discord to add another angle to...

The Daily Grind: Do you expect MMO studios to moderate in-game chat?

Last week, a reader emailed us in frustration over in-game harassment going on in Elder Scrolls Online during Pride month. The reader's guild is...

Cloud Imperium says ‘there’s NO place for racism in the Star Citizen community’

Several members of the Star Citizen community messed around and found out. The story begins with a plea to CIG to introduce a profanity...

Xbox’s Phil Spencer elaborates on community controls in the works to make Xbox Live less toxic

Jean-Paul Sartre's play "No Exit" provided us with the phrase "Hell is other people," and if you've dared to leave your mic or chat...
That's not good, no.

Anthem’s Reddit cracks down on ‘aimless’ criticism

How dire is the situation surrounding BioWare's Anthem these days? It's so bad, apparently, that the community reddit has taken to drastic censorship to...

Reddit’s gaming hub has shut down for April Fools’ Day, but it’s no laughing matter

While the gaming world is busy punking each other with goofy stunts and pranks, /r/games has shut its doors. Don't worry, internet trolls; it's...
Someone won.

Epic’s Tim Sweeney on the Epic Games Store, self-publishing, and proper moderation

Epic Games found itself in a spot of hot water recently when it was discovered that its Epic Games Store was pulling users' Steam...
Stop being a JERK.

Overwatch semi-pro finals will require chat participants to link their accounts

Gosh, it's really hard to get people to stop being screaming monsters on Twitch chat, huh? Blizzard has been dealing with this problem with...
No, our wholly predictable problems!

Valve bans a toxic Dota 2 pro after his team takes insufficient action

Herein lies the problem for Valve running Dota 2: The company doesn't want to actually provide any rules or guidelines or moderation for the game's...
No, you can't be quite this evil.

Valve has finally decided to start moderating its Steam forums cesspool

Steam's forums are notorious throughout the gaming industry for being truly awful. Journalists across the industry have been pestering Valve for almost a year...

Creative Assembly’s Grace Carroll speaks on fighting toxicity with active moderation

Anyone who's been on the internet for more than a few minutes knows how quickly forums and comment threads can quickly descend into toxicity...
It's not our department.

The Daily Grind: What obligations do studios have to provide a griefing-free MMO environment?

There's some interesting stuff to be unpacked in a recent analysis of Conan Exiles that characterizes it as replete with griefing, racism, sexism, and general unmoderated...

Valve elaborates on trolling policy amid moderation criticism

This past week's announcement by Valve stating that the company would not moderate or vet games that it sold except for ones that were...