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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 season,...

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 weekend...

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 then for...

Ubisoft cracks down on chat griefers with Rainbow Six banwave

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File this one under are you even kidding me right now: A whole bunch of griefers just got banned from Rainbow Six Siege for...

Not So Massively: Gaming genre elitism isn’t a good look on anyone

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As I noted when I first took over the Not So Massively column this past spring, we live in a time of great change...

The Daily Grind: Should MMOs allow players to alter how other characters appear in their client?

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Yesterday, PC Gamer posted a positively scathing article about Mordhau, the online knights-and-castles action ARPG. While the overall article is about the game's (and...

Xbox’s Phil Spencer elaborates on community controls in the works to make Xbox Live less toxic

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Jean-Paul Sartre's play "No Exit" provided us with the phrase "Hell is other people," and if you've dared to leave your mic or chat...
Everything old is... well, it's actually still old.

EA held a summit about toxicity and healthy video game communities at E3

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In March of last year, a whole truckton of video game companies announced the formation of what they called the Fair Play Alliance, a...

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...

Reddit’s gaming hub has shut down for April Fools’ Day, but it’s no laughing matter

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While the gaming world is busy punking each other with goofy stunts and pranks, /r/games has shut its doors. Don't worry, internet trolls; it's...
Plays well with others.

The player endorsement system in Overwatch has actually cut down on toxic behavior

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It turns out that when you reward players for being decent human beings in Overwatch, there's incentive for people to continue being decent human beings....
Uh...huh.

Blizzard Roundup: NetEase on Diablo Immortal’s launch, plus news on HOTS, Hearthstone, and Overwatch

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MMO Culture has an interesting translated bit from the NetEase conference call last week that homes in on Diablo Immortal, the game that was...

Sea of Thieves tackles crossplay and toxicity in latest dev update

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You might be a pirate in Sea of Thieves, but that doesn't excuse any dastardly behavior shown to other players. According to this week's...

The Daily Grind: How much does your reputation matter in a modern MMO?

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One of the memes I see repeated a lot when folks are waxing nostalgic about the old days of MMOs is this idea that...
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Valve bans a toxic Dota 2 pro after his team takes insufficient action

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Herein lies the problem for Valve running Dota 2: The company doesn't want to actually provide any rules or guidelines or moderation for the game's...

Bethesda permabans Fallout 76 players for homophobic harassment

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We're not sure whether to bin this as a good story or a bad - a little of both maybe. Multiple Fallout 76 players...

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...

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