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Yes, it was this bad. It was always this bad.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

Massively Overthinking: The war on MMO chat toxicity

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

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

Last week, we covered an ESPN piece in which the author called out Blizzard for sitting on its hands after an Overwatch League...

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

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)...

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

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

Here’s how Saga of Lucimia says it’ll ‘keep toxicity to an absolute minimum’

This week's dev-written Saga of Lucimia blog asks everybody over the age of 35 to think back to bygone days "when reputation used...

Best not be toxic on YouTube, Overwatch players, because Blizzard is watching you

Back in 2013, when Linda "Brasse" Carlson still fronted SOE's community branch, she made headlines for making SOE's anti-toxicity policies very clear. "If...
No, it's still not.

Why developers believe abusive vitriol is the cost of doing business with games

When is it appropriate to send verbal abuse to someone you don't know personally? When is it appropriate to tell someone that you hope...

League of Legends unbans ‘reformed’ toxic player called a ‘humunculus’ by fired employee

Among last year's toxicity-in-gaming stories was the one that taught the internet an important lesson: how to spell homunculus. No, that wasn't it....
There's nothing about deriving joy from your waifu being gay.

BlizzCon gamers react to, reflect on Overwatch toxicity

Toxicity in online gaming is easily one of the biggest stories of the year, particularly in Overwatch, where Blizzard has been focusing...
No, be a dude.

League of Legends dev who insulted streamer is no longer with Riot Games

Two days ago, we reported that a League of Legends developer had landed himself in hot water after he went grossly overboard
You either didn't like the last answer or you didn't care then or now.

Riot apologizes for League of Legends dev who joked about streamer’s hypothetical death

Over the weekend, a Riot Games developer made a Terrible Mistake: Lead Experience Designer Aaron "RiotSanjuro" Rutledge insulted a banned streamer in League of...

EVE Evolved: How much toxic, antisocial behaviour should MMOs tolerate?

The EVE Online community is aflame this week after alliance leader gigX was permanently banned for making threats of real-life violence against...
Let's play the quiet game!

World of Warcraft is introducing a silence penalty with the Legion prepatch

Hello, trade chat, my old friend; I'm turning you back on again. Because the team on World of Warcraft has addressed your issues...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the most toxic community?

I ran across a weird thread on Reddit  a week or two ago from a poster asking about toxic MMO communities, not because...

Massively Overthinking: Dealing with toxicity in MMO communities

This week's Massively Overthinking comes to us from Kickstarter donor Dahui, who asks, "What do you think MMO developers can do to try to...

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