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Roblox sues toxic player for $1.6M over ‘terrorist threats’ and ‘targeted harassment’ of employees and players

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Benjamin Robert Simon, otherwise known as Ruben Sim online, is being taken to court by the devs of Roblox. A suit was filed against...

Massively on the Go: A guide to staying safe in MMOARG Pikmin Bloom

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When we first covered the global release of MMOARG Pikmin Bloom, we noted that because of Niantic's poor history when it comes to "safety,"...
Technopathological.

Lawful Neutral: Managing toxicity in the MMO industry

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When I'm playing games, I make a lot of use of the reporting function. If I see a moonkin zerg farming a spot in...

Massively on the Go: Dealing with virtual harassment and stalking in MMOARGs

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Gamers have been discussing the real-world issues that arise in augmented reality games, especially Pokemon Go, for years. In fact, Raph Koster himself addressed...

Twitch adds a phone-verified chat option in an attempt to combat harassment campaigns

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We've been covering the problem of harassment and hate raiding of marginalized casters on Twitch for a while now, from the #TwitchDoBetter awareness campaign...

LittleBigPlanet’s PS3 and Vita servers will remain offline permanently thanks to a toxic hacker

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This past May we reported on the woes of the original LittleBigPlanet, a cutesy 2.5-D platformer that is a primarily single-player experience but also...
All is vanity.

Conan Exiles is cracking down on toxicity and sploits on official servers

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Funcom appears to be cleaning up the Conan Exiles official servers, as this week it announced a change to its terms of conduct. It specifically...

Lawful Neutral: Defining toxicity in the MMO industry

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One of my earliest memories from World of Warcraft isn't really a positive one. It was in back in the Wrath days. My guild...

Elite Dangerous threatens to ban players over toxic behavior toward devs

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Elite Dangerous has drawn a line in the sand on toxicity - toxicity against its staff, that is. Frontier's lead community manager, Arthur Tolmie, posted...

City of Heroes: Community harassment ramps up as Homecoming counts 91,000 players

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What should have been a fun Memorial Day weekend in Paragon City turned into nightmares for some members of the City of Heroes rogue...

Riot issues warnings and fines to pro League of Legends players for toxic behavior

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The folks at Riot Games have brought down the hammer on numerous professional League of Legends players, issuing fines to four players and formal...
Yes, it was this bad. It was always this bad.

Online games are avenues for hate group recruitment, according to former white supremacist leader

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Playing a game of linking awful online activities to white supremacist movements is like the worst possible variant of the old Six Degrees of...

The Daily Grind: Does teaching toxic MMO gamers what they did wrong actually help?

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As RPS reported this week, Valve has taken the relatively unusual step of making your Dota 2 and CSGO report cards semi-public - that is,...

SMITE says it’s banned or suspended 20,000 toxic players in season five alone

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Toxic players, beware: Hi-Rez may not be talking to its Hand of the Gods players, but it's cracking way down on SMITE miscreants. The...

The Daily Grind: Are blacklists, quizzes, and threats effective at reducing text toxicity in MMOs?

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Toxicity in online gaming just keeps popping up - specifically as it pertains to chat and commenting. MOP reader Tanek pointed us to a thread about...

The Daily Grind: What’s the most creative way MMOs thwart toxicity?

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Forget group-kicks: If you're a tool in Sea of Thieves, your own shipmates might just opt to stuff you in the brig - "a...
Boosh.

Massively Overthinking: The war on MMO chat toxicity

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This week, The Ancient Gaming Noob posted up an image of RIFT Prime, where Trion asks people to... play nice. "Just a neighborly reminder...

Blizzard’s Overwatch League addresses toxicity with fines and suspensions, while the Dallas Fuel drops a toxic player

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Last week, we covered an ESPN piece in which the author called out Blizzard for sitting on its hands after an Overwatch League player...
We were so certain we had this.

MMO business roundup: Steam, toxicity, Kartridge, contracts, dopamine, and guns

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What's going on in the online video games business this week? Let's dig in. Steam, toxicity, and Kartridge The Center for Investigative Reporting (via Motherboard) has a...
The Quick and the Gay

Ubisoft addresses Rainbow Six Siege toxicity, ESPN slams toxicity in Overwatch League

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Ubisoft is sick of toxicity in its games, and to combat it, it's whipping out the banhammer as a "first step" in getting the...

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