this is why we can’t have nice things

The real problem with this genre is the fact that humans play it. Here’s some of the worst stuff they’ve done.

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The Daily Grind: Can you give (another) example of MMO developers failing to read the room?

These days, New World is kind of the whipping boy of the week when it comes to tone-deaf attempts at managing its community. It's...

‘I have to run a sustainable business’ – Microsoft’s Phil Spencer addresses layoffs and studio shutdowns

Some new statements out of Microsoft CEO Phil Spencer during this year's IGN Live gaming presentation can be absorbed as either admission of the...

Awake: Afterdark Apocalypse is a ridiculous gen-AI Kickstarter game that purports to be ‘the spiritual successor to the MMO’

Pack it in, kiddos, for the new champion of MMOs has arrived on the scene. It's called Awake: Afterdark Apocalypse, and if the title...

Ikea wants to pay people to sell furniture and serve meatballs inside of its digital Roblox store

It looks as if shopping in a boxy Walmart was just the tip of the retail hell iceberg in Roblox: The furniture store Ikea...

Legends of Aria’s crypto version, Britaria, goes bust over ‘financial constraints’

When Citadel Studios announced back in April that it was planning to relaunch the Kickstarted MMORPG Legends of Aria (fka Shards Online) as a...

Twitch eliminates its safety advisory council after just four years of operation

How long does it take for Amazon and Twitch to believe that people will forget about improving safety and security on the streaming platform?...

Portions of Destiny 2’s Final Shape expansion accidentally become playable to PS5 fans ahead of schedule

We're reasonably sure that releasing the next expansion for Destiny 2 is a bit more involved than pushing a "go" button, but it looks...

Lawsuit accuses Activision and Facebook of partial blame in deadly 2022 school mass shooting

The 2022 mass shooting that took place at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is one of the most shameful events in the US...
Yay, a thing we didn't want.

Overwatch 2 is killing its Hero Mastery Gauntlet PvE mode at the end of season 10

Blizzard is apparently taking an axe to yet another PvE-esque mode in Overwatch 2 as it winds down Hero Mastery Gauntlet for good at...

Escape from Tarkov studio offers special edition compensation in the form of a single-use $50 coupon

Escape from Tarkov developer Battlestate Games just can't stop shooting itself in the foot over its PvE mode debacle. As a refresher, the studio...

Redfall’s final update brings offline mode and revamps neighborhood and nest mechanics

With news that Microsoft is abandoning Redfall (after claims from the megacorp that it wouldn't be doing that), the latest announcement from developer Arkane...

Dauntless and Fae Farm dev Phoenix Labs has laid off another 100+ people in latest restructure

I'm sorry to add to the endless parade of bad news today, but this afternoon, we learned that Dauntless and Fae Farm studio Phoenix...

Marvel Rivals will revise content creator contract after streamers blast non-disparagement clause

"We'll let you be a supported streamer, but you're not allowed to say bad things about our game." That's effectively what NetEase's Marvel Rivals...

Palia studio Singularity 6 has been slammed with yet another layoff round

Singularity 6, the studio behind beta cozy MMO Palia, is dealing with yet another round of layoffs this week, following a round back in...

Helldivers 2 is delisted in three more countries on Steam because of an ‘administrative error correction’

Ever since Sony cancelled plans for a PSN requirement for Helldivers 2 PC players (and since Arrowhead Game Studios said it was trying to...

EA wants to try in-game advertising again, but promises a ‘thoughtful’ approach this time

This year has already provided all kinds of CEO-level lunacy, so what's one more to the pile, right? This latest case of C-suite brainworm...

Microsoft continues shrinking ZeniMax and Xbox with voluntary severance deals

Sure, Microsoft shuttered a bunch of studios and added more layoffs to its pile earlier this week, but it can't possibly get worse, right?...

Microsoft shutters multiple studios, abandons Redfall, bolsters Elder Scrolls Online staffing

Microsoft continues laying waste to the gaming industry today with the closure of four Bethesda studios. We can reassure MMO players right away that Elder...

Helldivers 2 delists from Steam in non-PSN countries as studio boss admits fault in debacle

Over the weekend we reported on Sony's decision to reinforce the previously relaxed PlayStation Network account link requirement for PC players of Helldivers 2,...

Helldivers 2 PC players are furious over returning hard requirement to link to a PSN account by June 4

It would appear that Sony has elected to call down a 500kg bomb strategem on the PC-using playerbase of Helldivers 2, as a previously...