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Flameseeker Chronicles: What would a mobile Guild Wars 2 look like?

Ever wished Tyria could fit in your pocket? That dream could one day become a reality. A couple of weeks ago, we heard...

The Game Archaeologist: Dungeons & Dragons

Part of the holy mission of the Game Archaeologist is to ferret out the roots of history that ultimately led to MMORPGs as...

The APA rejects link between video games and real-world violence

We're probably preaching to the choir with this one, but did you know that there is still no proven link between video games and...

One Shots: The secret life of NPCs

What goes on with NPCs when you're not looking? Egocentric adventurers think that they're sitting around, sharpening blades, and preparing their spellbooks for encounters,...

Massively Overthinking: Morality and compelling choices in MMOs

The most recent episode of The Psychology of Video Games podcast touches on a subject we don't tackle very much: moral choices. It's...

Fortnite’s latest patch brings new LTMs, a new weapon, and sends Neo Tilted back to the Wild West

As Fortnite players now well know, things are getting pretty wacky with the timestream in the game's world, and no more is...

Researcher stomps the ‘lockboxes are Kinder Eggs’ defense into paste

Most if not all of us pretty much felt the same way Dr. Daniel King, senior research assistant from the School of Psychology at...

Ship of Heroes is eyeing a late August launch for its character creator beta

Going from your mild-mannered alter ego to your superpowered persona is the most important thing you can do in any superheroic MMORPG. Ship...

Star Trek Online details changes due for several ship types

The identity of your Star Trek Online spaceship is pretty important; it determines the kind of abilities you have access to during space...

The MOP Up: H1Z1’s huge PlayStation 4 update

Do you remember when H1Z1 used to be about surviving the zombie apocalypse? Yeah, me neither. In any case, gear up and slide...

The Boltcrackers continue to perform ‘science’ in the latest Starbase video

Can a spaceship be blown up with one shot to its propellant tank? Can you make armor out of random pieces of scrap? Do...

For Science: Exploitative monetization, pathological gaming, and the Proteus effect

Our newsroom is overflowing with interesting academic papers relevant to gaming - let's round a few up, shall we? First, we've got Unfair play?...

MMORPG Seed’s devs want their AI NPCs to learn from, simulate, and fool actual players

We've been keeping an eye on MMO colony sim Seed - the SpatialOS one, not this one - for a few years...

For Science: New longitudinal study demonstrates no link between video games and aggression

It seems we have another one of these papers every few months, and each time we cover them we get comments and tweets that...

Lawful Neutral: Dance studios, canvas bags, and ‘false advertising’ in the MMO industry

As I was writing our Lawful Neutral expose of Nerd Kingdom a few weeks ago, I was pretty bothered by the conduct of...

Blue Protocol’s new trailer shows a vibrant world of adventure

Could Japan be making the next great MMO? It's hard not to feel a spark of hope flare up when watching the debut...

New study finds connection between gambling addiction and lootbox purchases in adolescents

The research and science continues in the case of lockbox/lootbox purchasing habits and gambling addiction. The latest piece of scientific literature on the subject...

Crowfall devs discuss solving MMO multiway warfare imbalance, reacquisition of EU publishing from Travian

ArtCraft Creative Director J. Todd Coleman and Design Director Thomas Blair are back on YouTube answering Crowfall questions from high-end backers and players...

The Repopulation previews upcoming crafting-system overhaul in latest dev blo

Although a burst water main wreaked saturating terror on the offices of The Repopulation dev Idea Fabrik last month, that hasn't stopped the...
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Vague Patch Notes: The curious case of the esports bubble

I've been thinking a lot about esports lately. This is not actually something I like to think about, mind you; my general attitude toward esports...

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