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US Department of Homeland Security issues a nearly $700K grant to research extremism in gaming

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There are toxic people in games chat, and then there are people who use video gaming platforms as a ways to encourage extremism and...

Bloomberg’s Twitch report exposes a platform rife with children and predators

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Bloomberg has a deeply disturbing exposé this week on Twitch that demonstrates how the streaming platform intended for video games is being used by...

The MOP Up: Valheim comes to Microsoft’s store this month

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That kooky Norse survival sim Valheim is sending a raiding party to new shores -- in this case, to Microsoft itself. The company announced...

Star Stable launches new charity initiative to counter negative ‘horse girl’ stereotypes

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A few weeks back I joked on the MOP podcast that I'm a secret horse girl, and it's true in real life and in...

Champions Online is reviving its streaming apparatus for its 13th birthday

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Look up there in the sky! Is it a bird? A plane? No, it's a new streaming schedule for Champions Online! That's right: Cryptic's underdog...

EVE Echoes launches a Project Discovery science initiative, EVE Online preps for next Alliance Tournament

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Regular players of EVE Online are likely very familiar with the game's Project Discovery "citizen science" initiatives that let players help out scientific research,...

Axie Infinity CEO caught shuffling $3M in the game’s crypto tokens before announcing its $620M hack

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No matter how decentralized cryptocurrencies claim to be, there's always going to be a paper trail to follow, and one such trail was left...

EVE Online’s Fanfest data dump shows a surprisingly wide range of player types

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EVE Online is going full science fair mode with the release of a whole suite of fancy graphs and data collected and presented during...

Perfect Ten: Weirdly specific tropes found in every fantasy MMORPG

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If you take some weird, outlandish, or out-of-the-ordinary item and then saturate your life with it, sooner or later the bizarre becomes the accepted...

Flameseeker Chronicles: What could Guild Wars 2’s fourth expansion be about?

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Ever since ArenaNet's studio leadership came out early in the year and confirmed that planning has begun on a fourth expansion, players have no...

LOTRO Legendarium: Evaluating Lord of the Rings Online’s legendary servers, four years later

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When Lord of the Rings Online released its first -- and, quickly thereafter, its second -- legendary server back in 2018, it was one...

No Man’s Sky will launch on the Nintendo Switch October 7

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Earlier this month, Hello Games announced that it is bringing No Man's Sky to PlayStation's VR2 headset - and apparently, it isn't done porting....
The what?

For Science: New research affirms online friends provide emotional and informational support

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You've probably seen the declaration that "online friends are real friends" somewhere on the internet a few times, and while that can seem pretty...

The Daily Grind: Should MMO PvP matchmaking focus on challenge or engagement?

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MOP's Sam recently stumbled across an MSM article that quotes multiple streamers and esports players essentially complaining about matchmaking systems in competitive games. The...
No mom.

Wisdom of Nym: Examining Final Fantasy XIV patch 6.15 in the wild

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Sometimes it feels very weird when Final Fantasy XIV bribes me into doing content. Ameliance's custom deliveries are a prime example of this. You...

The Game Archaeologist: The ’90s BioWare MMORPG that almost was

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These days, if you mention "BioWare" and "MMORPG" in the same sentence, it's most certainly going to be about Star Wars: The Old Republic....

The Daily Grind: Are you playing a ‘morally disengaged murder hobo’ in MMOs?

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The Psychology of Video Games podcast recently did a bit on "murder hobos," and yes, Dr Jamie Madigan does point out that the term...

Dauntless developer Phoenix Labs says it has ‘close to’ 10 games currently in the works

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Most people around these parts know Phoenix Labs as the studio behind the multiplayer monster slaying RPG Dauntless, but a new dev blog post...

Activision-Blizzard creeps out the internet with its ‘Diversity Space Tool’ as union-busting continues

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Friday afternoon, Activision-Blizzard proudly trotted out a dev blog talking up the creation of a "Diversity Space Tool" that the company has apparently been...

WAPO calls out gaming industry for lack of support for reproductive health as workers strike

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The Washington Post has a new article out this week ripping into the gaming industry for its "silence" on the likely overturn of Roe...

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