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Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV’s community is better – and worse – than you think

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If you are not actually playing Final Fantasy XIV, you probably have an impression of the community for this game being an amazing...

Twitch lowers a (temporary?) banhammer on Donald Trump

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Following the shameful events of this past week in Washington D.C. during which an outgoing U.S. president urged supporters to storm the Capitol, many...

ToxMod is a new moderation tool that recognizes and reports voice chat hate speech in real-time

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Moderating a game's text chat isn't easy by any means, but at least there are a variety of tools and algorithms that try to...
Sure. Fine.

Microsoft outlines shared goals with Sony and Nintendo to make gaming ‘safer’

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There are a lot of things that Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo all disagree about. Which company gets your money, for example. But a...

MMO Business Roundup: Twitch’s anti-hate policies, Cyberpunk’s concurrency, and the CASE Act

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Welcome back to our irregular roundup of MMO (and MMO-adjacent) industry news! Twitch: This week, Twitch introduced yet another round of policy changes in...

New survey points to increase in hate and harassment in online multiplayer games

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The behavior of people in online games does not appear to be improving for the better. According to national survey results from the...

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...

GDC Summer 2020: What online gaming can (and should) learn from social media’s trainwrecks

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The circle is now complete: Social media has mastered skills MMOs and online games haven't, not that social media was paying much attention to...

Ubisoft devs speak out on their ‘inability to feel safe or protected within’ the studio

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You know who's probably breathing a big sigh of relief right now? Riot Games, whose multi-year scandal and lawsuit over sexual harassment and...
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EA’s new Positive Play Charter is basically ‘don’t be a dick’ in list form

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One of the ideas I've worked a long time to internalize is that when people say they've changed, I should give them time to...

Riot addresses diversity, Valorant toxicity, and Vanguard anti-cheat (again)

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It's been a year and a half since a Kotaku expose blew the lid off of flagrantly sexist and abusive behavior at Riot...
NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOU, BUT EVEN IF THEY DID YOU SUCK

The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the most toxic fan-based defense force?

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Every single MMO has its own unwanted and unnecessary defense force. We could run a story tomorrow about Final Fantasy XIV selling your credit...
Yourcraft.

A Jesuit priest is trying out a Vatican Minecraft server to encourage non-toxic behavior

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We're familiar with the ways that online games, even generally rather innocent ones like Minecraft, can wind up being breeding grounds for some...

MMO Business Roundup: Amazon, gaming toxicity research, Blizzard’s court victory, and why people love Mike Morhaime

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Business business business! We're back for another speedy Friday afternoon roundup of some MMO and games industry business news. Amazon's next big thing We're not sure...
we go

US politician shades Blizzard over World of Warcraft toxicity

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

Guild Wars 2 community clashes over Icebrood Saga announcement disappointment

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It's been a tumultuous couple of days in the Guild Wars 2 community following the announcement of the Icebrood Saga - saga, not...

Apex Legends boss apologizes for Reddit dust-up, but there’ll be no auto-da-fé for the devs

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It was just a matter of time before the apology came out - we all know how this script goes. Yesterday we covered the

Here’s how Discord says it’s been addressing toxicity and spam

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It's nearly impossible to be a gamer in 2019 and not be at least familiar with Discord, the ubiquitous chat program that's replaced, in...
YOUR MONEY IS NOW OUR MONEY, AND WE WILL USE IT TO BUY DRUGS

MMO Business Roundup: Video game gambling, toxicity, post-lawsuit reconciliation, and successful UX design

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Welcome back to another mish-mash roundup of MMO-business-related happenings that just don't fit in anywhere else. To wit: On game gambling: Remember the bizarrely bad...

Mordhau says it’s now ‘taking toxicity and racism seriously’ plus adding more maps and modes

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"Multiplayer medieval slasher" Mordhau worked its way through the news cycle this spring and summer, first for its dazzling Steam launch and...

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