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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...

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 Protect Atlas research

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

WVU researchers post survey seeking input on video game character avatars

I suspect that most MMO players, especially the sort who hang out on forums and blogs and care deeply about the games they play,...

Battle Bards Episode 126: Out of this world

It’s time to boldly go where no podcast has gone before — by exploring MMO space themes! It’s perhaps the flat-out goofiest and silliest...

Perfect Ten: 10 MMO features that deserve widespread adaptation

You know what gets me excited about upcoming MMOs? It's certainly not the list of expected systems and features that have since become standard...

Hearthstone’s Boomsday Project expansion has launched – log in for your freebie card packs

Hearthstone's Boomsday Project expansion is live today with its typical goofy scenario, this one revolving around World of Warcraft's Netherstorm zone and...

The Daily Grind: How do you define ‘hardcore’ gaming?

Quantic Foundry's latest report from its gamer motivation study is well worth your time to read, but for this morning's Daily Grind, I...
I'm sorry, Jaina.

World of Warcraft’s creative director asks players to ‘be patient’ regarding the story

Why do people care so much about the story in World of Warcraft, to the point that they are rioting across social media...

Enter to win a Star Trek Online Leeta Tactical Bridge Officer on Xbox and PS4 from PWE and MOP

Are you hyped for Deep Space Nine in Star Trek Online? Victory is Life launched on console last week, complete with a journey to...

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