Activision announces rollout of AI-assisted voice chat mod tools for its Call of Duty series

Keeping toxic voice speech under heel in FPS games might sound like a Sisyphean effort, but Activision is giving it the old college try...

Studios working on Battlefield would like players to stop harassing its developers, please and thanks

The gaming community can often be described as "passionate" primarily because "frothingly and needlessly acidic about things that ultimately do not matter" is too...

The Soapbox: Hating on the competition is no way to promote an MMO

Recently, RIFT was back in the news, offering free subscription time to new and returning players. While I salute Gamigo's generosity here, whenever the topic...

GDC’s State of the Games Industry survey once again demonstrates dev skepticism for metaverse and blockchain hokum

This year's State of the Game Industry from GDC - its 11th since beginning the project - delivers a range of insights from the...

Voice chat software dev Modulate partners with the ADL to improve its ToxMod tool and fight online hate

The topic of toxic and hateful online gaming communities has risen in the headlines in recent weeks, particularly as the matter earned governmental attention....

Albion Online seeks feedback on everything from toxicity to content

A lot of MMO studios talk a big talk about listening to player feedback, but whether or not they put out surveys to solicit...

Ubisoft attempts to curtail toxic behavior… by using a voluntary self-training course

To be fair, some effort is better than no effort, but one also has to raise their eyebrows at Ubisoft's Fair Play Program, which...

US Senator calls out Steam’s lax moderation of neo-Nazis and hate

The fact that Steam is extremely hands-off in regard to moderation isn't really news. Readers will recall it was referenced in a video report...

Members of US Congress send letters to game companies about combating extremism in online gaming

According to a December report from the Anti-Defamation League, extremism in online gaming is on the rise for the fourth year in a row....

Riot Games sponsors design challenge centered on making online spaces safer

Riot Games is not a gaming company most folks in our industry would consider a paragon of community in or off the court. The...
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Roblox removes games depicting the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but only after a BBC inquiry

There are plenty of shooter games out there in the discovery page of Roblox, but some creators of these kinds of games saw fit...

Rapper T-Pain goes to bat for Apex Legends devs who are facing harassment

Earlier in the week Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment openly spoke out against the toxic portions of its playerbase, outlining a zero tolerance policy...

Someone hijacked Wizard101’s in-game alert feed to spam toxicity

Wizard101 is normally associated with kid-friendly fun, but over the past weekend it got decidedly more adult in terms of its language as someone...
Venting prevents ex-plo-si-on.

EVE Online addresses community safety and promises more action to police community behavior

There's been some drama unfolding in EVE Online recently, the kind of drama that is at once not surprising when you see the cast...

Guild Wars 2 team vows ‘better context’ for controversial class changes following death threats

Ideally, an MMO patch day should be filled with delight and exploration. Sometimes, however, there's a sense of dread, especially when the developers start...

Valorant’s voice recording features arrive to NA on July 13 but won’t be used to fight toxicity – for now

Last May, Riot Games confirmed that Valorant would begin recording portions of in-game voice comms for the purposes of fighting back against toxic behavior....

Discord introduces new moderation tools for chat channels

The MOP community has been discussing moderation in MMORPGs quite a bit this week, and now here comes Discord to add another angle to...

The Daily Grind: Do you expect MMO studios to moderate in-game chat?

Last week, a reader emailed us in frustration over in-game harassment going on in Elder Scrolls Online during Pride month. The reader's guild is...

World of Warcraft hopes modern reporting tools, social contract will improve community behavior

Is trying to fix World of Warcraft's sometimes toxic community a case of too little, too late -- or is it a worthwhile endeavor...

Destiny 2’s Bungie says it won’t be ‘muzzled’ by Sony when it comes to ‘standing up for what’s right’

For the last week, we've been covering a WAPO story on the games industry's tepid response for reproductive health rights, which led to a...