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‘I disdain bro culture’: J Allen Brack addresses Blizzard staff over sexism scandal

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When we came into work this morning, we started wondering where the leaks from inside Blizzard have been. Usually, the company is a sieve...

GDC 2021: Navigating player behaviors and cheating in online video games

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GDC 2021 has now offered several panels on player behavior and cheating that are aimed at devs but still provide some good information for...
Oof.

Discord scoops up harassment-detection AI startup Sentropy

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Happy Thursday: Here's your weekly argument over toxicity, moderation, and AI, courtesy of Discord, which has apparently purchased a company you've probably heard of...

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...

The Soapbox: Abusing MMO community reps over design decisions is not only toxic but futile

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Recently, an online video game community rep was run off Twitter by "fans." The CM's fellow game dev shared how upset she was that...

DC Universe Online asks players to help it fight toxicity… by sending emails

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Daybreak is apparently cracking down on toxicity in DC Universe Online. Senior Community Manager Mepps penned a letter to the community this week asking...

A toxic hacker has forced Sony to disable its online Little Big Planet servers

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File this one under this is why we can't have nice things: A toxic hacker has apparently forced Sony's Little Big Planet online servers offline....

No, Twitch’s move to investigate off-platform toxicity is not ‘novel’ for the industry

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Twitch is changing its hateful conduct and harassment policy once again, this time to allow moderators to take into account problematic activity that occurs...

Development of a Warframe-inspired tabletop RPG is halted thanks to toxic fans

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A particularly toxic sect of the Warframe community has ensured that a tabletop RPG intended as a love letter to the game will never...
Nothing to add.

GDC 2021: Intel and Spirit AI’s Bleep aims to filter live audio – and toxicity

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At Intel's GDC 2021 panel "Billions of Gamers, Thousands of Needs" this week, Intel and Spirit AI announced a new end-user application designed "to...
Tricks

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds adds a new reputation system with patch 10.2

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There's a lot of stuff that's been added in the latest patch for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. For example, there's a new coupe for players to drive...
There is actually quite a lot of this.

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 font...

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 new...

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 regard...

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 Anti-Defamation...

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 pirate...

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...

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