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Massively on the Go: Mother Nintendo should make Niantic Earthbound

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So, Nintendo and Niantic will work together for more AR games based on Nintendo IPs. No great surprise from me, as I'd mentioned years...

The Soapbox: How Magic Legends went wrong with the Dimir Assassin class

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Cryptic and Perfect World Entertainment are known for their love of lockboxes as a monetization strategy. Therefore it was not wholly surprising when Magic:...

Massively on the Go: Why Nintendo and Pikmin make sense in Niantic’s hands

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With the recent news that Nintendo and Niantic will work together for more AR games based on Nintendo IPs, I thought it might be...

Massively on the Go: Understanding what an MMO community will pay for

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Earlier in December, I posted some Pokemon Go news that included player complaints about a recent Mr. Rime paid event. While there was a good...

EA’s advertisement of FIFA lockboxes in a children’s toy catalogue draws mounting criticism

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It would appear that Electronic Arts didn't learn from the last time it pulled this kind of nonsense, but apparently there was still fuel...

The Daily Grind: What’s the most annoying ‘dark pattern’ in MMO gaming?

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I've been kind of obsessed with dark patterns - that is, intentionally deceptive or annoying interface design - for kind of a while now,...

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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Fallout 76 clarifies that seasons will be free, with some potential Fallout 1st bonuses in the future

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If there's one thing that Fallout 76 does remarkably well, it's making people angry about the way the game is monetized, all the way back...

The Culling returns, again, with an eyebrow-raising new business model

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You all remember The Culling and The Culling 2, right? Xaviant Games tried to launch game-show-themed battle royale The Culling 2 back in 2018,...

Superdata says in-game spending is down thanks to gamers’ leeriness of monetization schemes

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This news will very likely elicit replies of "well, duh" from many, but now there are numbers from Superdata to back it up: Overall...

Desert Oasis: Discerning the best purchases in Black Desert’s cash shop

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I've always been someone who goes against the grain, and MMOs are no exception. Part of the reason I enjoy Black Desert so much is...

RuneScape’s new Executive Producer talks monetization as Halloween arrives to Old School

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It's a transition week for RuneScape as Jagex has appointed a new Executive Producer for the game: Ryan "Mod Warden" Ward. It's a comfort,...

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare eschews lockbox monetization for a battle pass

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Arguably one of the bigger online multiplayer shooters coming down the pike is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, just by mere dint of its...

Tamriel Infinium: Things we wish were in Elder Scrolls Online’s cash shop (but aren’t)

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Convenience items in the cash shop are nothing new in The Elder Scrolls Online. ZeniMax has been selling experience boosts and mount training accelerators...

Apex Legends boss apologizes for Reddit dust-up, but there’ll be no auto-da-fé for the devs

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It was just a matter of time before the apology came out - we all know how this script goes. Yesterday we covered the weekend...

Leaderboard: Does the ESA’s new transparent lockbox policy go far enough?

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Last week, just as the FTC's video games monetization abuse investigation got underway, the ESA announced that many of the major and minor games...

Uproar over a reskinned Fortnite pet that costs 1000 V-bucks causes Epic to issue refunds

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This is where we're at now: companies attempting to sell barely reskinned content at a higher cost and people getting mad at a digital...

Apex Legends launches the Iron Crown event and provokes riot over monetization

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So there's a limited-time event going on in Apex Legends right now, which normally would be a cause of generally happy reactions. However, the...

US Federal Trade Commission outlines the agenda for a lootbox-related workshop on August 7

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Conversations, studies, and outright rancor over video game lockbox practices have caught the notice of several world governments as readers of MOP already know,...

The Daily Grind: Would you pay a sub for complete access to all cosmetics in an MMO?

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Last month on the MOP Podcast, we tackled a question from a reader named Aaron who was musing on whether modern MMOs could learn...

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