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Population Zero starts selling founder’s packs, lays out 2019 testing schedule

Russian-made survival MMO Population Zero plans to head into alpha testing at the start of 2019 -- and hopes to end the year...
I don't like this, but hey, someone did.

Vague Patch Notes: MMO emulation as a paean for the dead vs. a mockery of the living

If you ever need to know why we'll happily cover Star Wars Galaxies emulators and not Ultima Online emulators here on Massively Overpowered, the...

Shadow’s Kiss peeks at mad science, mummies, and pole dancing

Time to dive into the seedy underbelly of the city and see what's going on with the indie vampire MMO Shadow's Kiss. The...

So-called gaming addiction and Fortnite myopia aren’t just a problem for The Children

If you're over that whole lockbox politics thing, you can always fall back on the moral panic that's gripping parents and teachers instead: video...

The FTC commits to investigating video game lootboxes following US Senate subcommittee hearing

Readers following the long-running lootbox/lockbox debate will recall that back in February of this year, New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan, who sits on...

Nearly a third of the kids surveyed in the UK Gambling Commission’s study admitted to buying lockboxes

The UK Gambling Commission's Young People & Gambling 2018 report was released this month with disturbing statistics for the role gambling is apparently...

Tencent is expanding draconian ‘healthy gaming’ child blocks across all of its titles

Oof. If you thought RealID was a bad call, point your eyeballs at China, where Tencent has announced it will expand its existing...

Warframe’s Fortuna expansion widens the open world this November

We've finally got a launch window for the Fortuna update that Warframe's Digital Extremes first revealed at TennoCon this past summer: It's...

For Science: Why ‘screentime’ is a useless measure of media consumption

A few weeks ago, my eyes skimmed over a discussion some of our commenters were having about video game science - I can't even...

Hyperspace Beacon: Old characters, rumors, and nostalgia in Star Wars The Old Republic

I believe a game has hit an unusual place when players get nostalgic pangs for a game within the game itself. We see that kind...
Launch or do not, folks.

Skyforge launches into open beta in Japan on October 11

If there's one thing Japanese people like, it's science fantasy action RPGs. (If there are two things, the other one is not having...
I'm supposed to what?

The Daily Grind: Are MMOs too optimistic?

I don't mean optimistic in terms of their existential nature, as to whether they have a future, that sort of thing. I mean in...

I’m totally playing a naked gerbil pistoleer when Crowfall launches

The latest entry in Crowfall's ongoing Monster Month is also the best, full-stop, for it features the adorable and spunky Guineceans. Usually with...

International regulators co-sign declaration to investigate lockboxes and skin gambling

If you thought Belgium and The Netherlands were going to keep on standing alone in the fight against lootboxes, you were very much mistaken,...

UK divorce firm says Fortnite and other online games contributed to 5% of this year’s divorces

Are people getting divorced over Fortnite? Or does a UK divorce website deserve a medal for SEO trick of the year? Why not...
Kick it down the road.

UK researchers identify link between lootboxes and problem gambling

Are lockboxes just another form of gambling? That depends on which government entity, scientist, lawyer, or doctor you ask. But maybe the question we...

Tencent’s market value dropped by $20B following new Chinese gaming regulation plans

Earlier this month, there was a flurry of news about the state of game publishing in China. You'll recall that Monster Hunter World...
I can stop any time I want.

For Science: How gaming addiction is influenced by emotion and pride

Video game addiction isn't as easy to treat as heroin addiction. That's one of the big takeaways from a recent Reddit AMA with a...

The Survivalist: Which sci-fi crash site survival sandbox should you play?

Survival sandboxes have certainly come a long way in the last couple of years. Not only has the number of new genres exploded (as...

Citizen science for the win: How EVE Online’s playerbase contributed to Human Project Atlas research

Over the last several years, CCP Games has teamed up with different science organizations and put EVE Online players to work with...

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