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RuneScape opens the Daemonheim Archaeology site, Old School RuneScape readies a mobile UI beta

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Sure, a location known as Daemonheim is probably a dangerous place for archaeologists to go sniffing around, but do you really think that will...

SGF 2024: Aloft is a cozy Ghibli-inspired PvE-centric survival sandbox in the sky

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When I first heard about Aloft while planning for Summer Games Fest 2024, I figured it would just be a cute multiplayer survival game;...

For Science: Gamer Motivation Survey data suggest strategic gaming in is a nasty decline

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When I first got access to a PC as a kid, it was a couple of years before the first true MMORPG launched, and...

EVE Online confirms main stage guest speakers and activities for EVE Fanfest 2025

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We're not quite halfway through 2024, but that hasn't stopped CCP Games from talking up EVE Online's 2025 edition of the EVE Fanfest event,...

Massively on the Go: Pokemon GO enters its Shared Skies season without sharing much info

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We're entering the summer season in Pokemon Go, and this one is called Shared Skies. If you ignore the repeat info from the upcoming...

For Science: Fandom’s survey shows a majority of gamers play to unwind and de-stress

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I know you'll all be shocked to learn that people play games to have fun and chill out, but in the current industry, sometimes...
It's not a good game, Beavis.

‘Evergreen titles and robust content pipelines reign supreme,’ says games industry firm Newzoo

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We conveniently had a community discussion on the meaning of old-school when it comes to MMOs earlier this week, so consider that required reading...

Massively on the Go: April showers didn’t bring Pokemon GO May event flowers

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April was a rough month for Pokemon Go, as the game failed to deliver on Earth Day - an event Niantic used to champion...

Can’t see the eclipse in person today? Here’s how to watch it with online with some gaming flair

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As we noted on Friday, there's a major celestial event happening for North America today: A lot of you are about to see an...

NASA teams up with Epic’s Fortnite and Microsoft’s Minecraft to stream the April 8 solar eclipse

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If you somehow don't know about the solar eclipse this coming Monday, then you're probably not in the US since that's all anyone here...

For Science: EVE Online’s Project Discovery initiative opens signups for mobile testing

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At EVE Fanfest last fall, CCP Games announced that its latest Project Discovery push would essentially set EVE Online players to training AI in...
This is the face of giving a damn.

Vague Patch Notes: The limits of data in MMORPGs

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Yesterday, I went on a rant about data. As you probably guessed from the various columns wherein I attempt to use data to analyze...
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WoW Factor: Blizzard didn’t reveal World of Warcraft sub numbers – it drew a Mystery Line

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It will not surprise anyone reading this to learn that there are things which upset me. This is just part of being a human...

PSA: Valheim’s Discord and two Iron Gate Discord accounts have apparently been hacked

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Bad news bears for survival sandbox Valheim tonight, as apparently hackers have taken over the game's Discord - as well as some of the...

GDC’s 2024 industry survey: Game devs weigh in on AI, layoffs, unionization, RTO, and more

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Every year, GDC conducts an industry-wide survey of game developers and compiles the results in its State of the Game Industry, the 2024 edition...

Study finds social media game ads don’t properly disclose the existence of lockboxes and in-game purchases

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A recent study conducted by legal expert and lockbox researcher Leon Y. Xiao has been completed and it finds that lockbox disclosures in social...
Trans rights city.

Wisdom of Nym: The highs and lows of Final Fantasy XIV’s 2024 Tokyo fan festival

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There's a certain dramatic irony in the idea that as the Tokyo fan festival started winding up the Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntrail hype, the...
Never quest.

A look back at the MMO and gaming science topics of 2023

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This month marks MOP's ninth consecutive year covering science-related news specific to MMORPGs and MMOs, but like last year, there wasn't nearly as much...

Warframe of Mind: The wonders of Whispers in the Walls, launching December 13

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It's almost here! Warframe's anticipated Whispers in the Walls is launching tomorrow, and I'll finally get to delve in. After learning more about it...

Video game trade association says most people want video games for Christmas, huh

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When I asked my kids to write me out their Christmas wish lists this year, they both turned in lists with games and game...

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