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.

Lost Ark admits it’s been ‘fighting a war against bots’ since launch, banning millions of accounts

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Have you spotted a bot or two in Lost Ark over the past few months? If so, you're definitely not alone. Amazon admitted on...

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...
You want to make a what?

World of Warcraft is testing a ‘social contract’ for its players in 9.2.5

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"For the love of the Titans, please be a decent person to your fellow players." That is not what the new social contract in World...

The Daily Grind: Are you sick of crypto and NFT crap in MMOs?

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Yesterday, our genre's core subreddit floated a poll to subbers about whether or not crypto and NFT game threads should be characterized as scammy...

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...

A PSO2 New Genesis fan-made costume comes from an artist whose account was inexplicably banned

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Generally speaking, seeing a costume you created announced as a winner in an official contest is likely a point of pride for the artists...

Bored Ape Yacht Club’s supposed MMO Otherside generated an NFT trainwreck

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Yuga Labs, the tech firm behind the infamous NFT cesspool Bored Ape Yacht Club, is eager to rake in suckers potential players to its...

Russian Dota 2 esports player gets his team banned and his contract ended over support for Ukrainian invasion

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The gaming world has caught on to the symbolism of the letter Z already, so one has to wonder what was going through the...
You are bad and you should feel bad.

Habbo Hotel goes full play-to-earn with the announcement of Habbo X

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Remember when having Habbo Hotel owner Sulake selling off Habbo-based NFTs seemed just like it was pointlessly destructive grifting from an isolated unscrupulous developer? Good times....

Watchdog group files complaint against Roblox with the FTC over deceptive ‘advergames’

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Roblox having brand deals isn't something that's particularly new (though it has resulted in some unique digital activity), but one watchdog group is putting...

Bless Unleashed PC is becoming a blockchain play-to-earn MMORPG

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Apparently, Valofe can be counted among the other studios being seduced by the siren song of crypto and play-to-earn schemes: A press release from...
Just absolute galaxy brain

WoW Factor: Good job torching Wrath of the Lich King Classic, my dudes!

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All right, this is... actually just hilarious to me. Like, seriously, I caught this particular detail after I'd already finished writing my initial reaction...

China’s National Radio and Television Administration bans access to livestreams of unapproved games

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The Chinese government has added yet another layer to its continuing crackdown on nearly all things video games. The country's National Radio and Television...

Roblox runs afoul of Kim Kardashian after a creator purports to have created a game featuring a sex tape

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Roblox is ostensibly a game mostly for children with content rules to match, but that doesn't stop content creators from trying to upload unsuitable...

Microsoft reportedly considering placing advertisements in free-to-play Xbox titles

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How does a free-to-play game make its money? In an ideal, sunny, happy world, it would sell cosmetics or expansions and continue to generate...
Good plan!

Square-Enix’s president is still bullish on the prospect of NFTs and blockchain in gaming

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Have you forgotten about president Yosuke Matsuda's buzzword-laden blockchain pitch from the start of the year? It's entirely possible you have, since in the...

The FBI says it was a North Korean hacker gang that crimed Axie Infinity for $620M

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At the tail end of March, we reported on a massive hack of exploitative play-to-earn blockchain job/game Axie Infinity. At the time, the hackers...
Congratulations. This now has to be in our database forever. I hate.

Whatever happened to survival sandbox Life Beyond? It went all-in on blockchain and NFTs

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It's been a while since we checked in on survival sandbox Life Beyond, huh? The last time we looked at the game was back...

DFEH attorney accuses California governor of interfering in the Activision-Blizzard lawsuit

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The Activision-Blizzard scandal just keeps on scandaling - and drawing more people and agencies into its ugly orbit. Bloomberg has a piece up today...

Richard Garriott is building a blockchain MMO following the failure of Shroud of the Avatar

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Richard Garriott is working on a new MMORPG, and yes, it's filled with NFTs. Garriott, who is probably best known to mainstream gamers as the...

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