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.

We were so certain we had this.

Canadian class action lawsuit argues EA’s lootboxes constitute illegal gambling

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Ah, it's a good thing for the companies relying on lockboxes that people have completely forgotten about those this year, isn't it? Turns out...

World of Warcraft’s new wings have the community in an uproar

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Hey look at that, Blizzard is running another promotion to try to lure players into enlisting for a six-month tour in World of...

Researchers argue Pokemon Go caused a discernable increase in car accidents, injuries, and deaths

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What is the deadliest video game in existence? If a scientific whitepaper is to be believed, at least in the case of Tippecanoe...
Less than radical, really.

Cliffy B now states he might return to game development after all

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In November of 2018, Cliff Bleszinski (or "Cliffy B" if you prefer) stated that he was never making another game ever again, for...

Albion Online’s forum database was breached, exposing user passwords and emails

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If you're a user of the Albion Online forums in any capacity, then you're going to want to take heed of an alert...

ArcheAge Unchained offers free trial and AAUGIVEAWAYS voucher as Reddit melts down over pay-to-win

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So let's just get this out of the way upfront: ArcheAge Unchained's rollout a year ago did not go as well as Gamigo...

Guild Wars 2 studio ArenaNet appears to be suffering another round of layoffs

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It looks as though ArenaNet is suffering a fresh round of layoffs, as Jennifer Scheurle, a lead designer on one of the...

‘Boob streamers’ and ‘boys clubs’: Twitch staffers blast sexist, racist corporate culture

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GI.biz has a detailed expose of Twitch's corporate culture out today, painting a picture of ongoing and systemic racism, sexism, and abuse, both...
But no badger.

Activision-Blizzard is reportedly shuttering its Versailles, France, office

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Activision-Blizzard is apparently closing down one of its offices, specifically the one in Versailles, France. The news comes from Bloomberg, which this morning...

Fallout 76 roleplay group had its Facebook account terminated for being mistakenly flagged as a hate group

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Politically, things in the US are... charged, to say the least, and the impact of misinformation efforts across social media platforms is more in...

Rare and streamers tussle over Sea of Thieves community toxicity

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The wild and untamed waters of Sea of Thieves' Caribbean are a little more choppy as of late -- and not because of...
Oh, this... keeps my feelings where they were before, really.

CD Projekt Red goes back on its word regarding Cyberpunk 2077 crunch

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Crunch -- the period of development time where studios enact overtime to get a product ready to ship -- is a controversial and harmful...

As US COVID deaths pass 200,000, the LA ComicCon refuses to cancel

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Since January, we've been covering the endless stream of gaming and geek conventions that have closed their doors and gone online in an...

EA’s advertisement of FIFA lockboxes in a children’s toy catalogue draws mounting criticism

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It would appear that Electronic Arts didn't learn from the last time it pulled this kind of nonsense, but apparently there was still...

Echo of Soul is sunsetting yet again, this time on Steam, and no it’s not giving refunds

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We return now to the confusing story of Echo of Soul, which as we've previously chronicled has at least a million versions and...

Albion Online player steals an in-game billion’s worth of assets from a guild in a self-described ‘long con’

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On the one hand, you have to respect a good caper, but on the other hand, this particular bit of thievery that happened in...

Apple’s new countersuit decries Epic’s ‘subterfuge’ and ‘brazen’ rule-breaking with Fortnite ‘Trojan horse’

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Another day, another pile of paper filed in the Epic Games v. Apple Inc. lawsuit. The latest is actually a counter-suit pressed by...

Google seeks to dismiss Epic’s lawsuit as Epic talks up the Fortnite ‘Metaverse’

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While much of the focus of the Epic lawsuit coverage has been on Apple, which was certainly helped along by that 1984 parody ad...
I'm sorry what.

Star Trek Online’s newest promotional ship in a lockbox angers fans for breaking the developers’ own rules

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There's always been some consternation between players of Star Trek Online and the Perfect World Entertainment marketing philosophy of adding new ships via lockboxes....

Second Life bans all in-game advertisements that are ‘political in nature’

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Launching into political rants in global chat or hijacking the guild discussion to make everyone uncomfortable with views on election candidates is seen as...

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