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.

Fallout 76 dataminer is banned from the game after reporting an exploit

No good deed goes unpunished for one Fallout 76 player who found a significant exploit regarding legendary weapons, reported it, and got summarily...

A prominent FIFA competitor blows the lid off of a match fixing scandal involving several pro gamers

Imagine if several major teams from any large-scale sport in America -- take your pick -- conspired together to make sure they didn't face...
Here's Mei! You like mei, right?

China is really adding that youth gaming curfew and block on sex and gore in games

Sometimes it's easy to forget that gamers over in China have it very different than we do in the west. If you need a...
we go

US politician shades Blizzard over World of Warcraft toxicity

Last week, the gaming world was a tad busy running Halloween events and watching BlizzCon, so it passed almost without notice that a US...

CS:GO stops letting players sell container keys due to their use in money laundering

The otherwise innocuous activity of selling keys to open containers in CS:GO has apparently been used for far more nefarious purposes. According to...

Fortnite pro player is swatted live on stream during a Championship Series game

Cody "Clix" Conrad, a 14-year-old professional Fortnite player, was minding his own business playing a Championships Series game over the weekend when his...
No, not like this.

A gamer was killed after witnessing a robbery whilst playing Pokemon Go

So, yes, let's just open this story by acknowledging that this is horrible. Nobody wants to be murdered over a video game, but Cayla...
Hey, I duped that fair and square!

Fallout 1st is a new Fallout 76 sub that locks private world ownership behind a paywall

"Do you think all these developers got together and were like, 'October 2019. That's the month we are all going to collectively sh*t the...

UK art studio accuses Kickstarted MMORPG Oath of incompetence and failure to pay for work

Last spring, we covered an incredibly ambitious new MMO called Oath. Developer Ready-Up Studios rolled out a $35,000-ask Kickstarter to build...

How Pokemon Go company Niantic is collecting (and using) your life’s data

We probably don't need to tell our audience this, given that while yes, you all have phones, you're also typically not obsessive about gaming...

Not So Massively: The Blizzard I loved is dead

This week's Not So Massively column was supposed to be a wishlist of things I want from an announcement of Diablo IV....
Let's dig our way out!

A World of Warcraft LGBT guild has been forced to change its name

Given the fact that this week has been shining a harsh spotlight on Blizzard's enormous mistake over a Hong Kong Hearthstone player, you would...

Blizzard bans Hearthstone esports player and fires casters over pro-Hong Kong protest

I suppose it was just a matter of time before the current Chinese political mess spilled over into gaming, but it's done so now:...

Eternal Magic publisher denies accusation that it plagiarized WoW and Guild Wars 2, shades accusers

Over the weekend, we covered a brewing storm in the world of Eternal Magic. The MMO, developed by Chinese studio Duoyi,

Physical power armor helmet from Fallout 76 is being recalled due to mold

Remember when the worst thing about Fallout 76 merch was a crappy canvas bag? Get ready to feel the bottom dropping out...
I do crimes.

Australian police are investigating crimes linked to an Overwatch esports team

The obvious old joke to be made was that if esports were real sports, they'd be linked to organized crime. Alas, the joke no longer...

For Science: Study suggests racial stereotyping underpins campaign to blame real-world violence on video games

Academics have found a way to make the media and politicians' spurious blame of video games for real-world violence look even worse than it...

Steam users in France should be allowed to resell their games according to French court ruling

The Union fédérale des consommateurs (Federal Union of Consumers or UFC Que Choisir), a French consumer group, has been pursuing litigation against Valve over...

E3 2020 wants more consumers, more celebrities, and to pay major media outlets to ‘control the message’

E3 is looking to be a completely different show in 2020 if the plan slides distributed today mean anything. Pitch slides and details

EA’s infamous ‘sense of pride and accomplishment’ post now holds a Guinness record – for Reddit downvotes

By now, we're all familiar with the 2017 comment by EA about how lootboxes provide "a sense of pride and accomplishment." The remark...

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