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Gamers can be amazing when they try. Not everyone in MMOs is just another edgelord. “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Also check out Massively Uplifting for more feel-good stories from our genre!

Bethesda grants terminally ill 12-year-old’s wish to play Fallout 76

Go ahead and get some tissues handy, 'cause we've got a heartwarming tale of gaming goodness for you. According to a recent article published...
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The Daily Grind: What’s the nicest thing you can say about an MMORPG you dislike?

I blame my colleagues in the writers room for this topic: We happened to be discussing the tragic comedy of Warhammer Online's awful crafting...
Money talks, but what it says isn't engaging sometimes.

EVE Online posts its September patch, econ report, and fundraiser for CCP Mankiller

Whether you think the Pearl Abyss buyout of CCP Games is certain doom or financial security, it's still business as usual in the world...

Pirates of the Burning Sea is closing down, but the community might be able to save it

Bad news, but maybe also a tiny bit of good news too, for Pirates of the Burning Sea: Over the weekend, Portalus Games announced...

Overwatch players raised almost $13M to fight breast cancer in ‘Pink Mercy’ campaign

Remember last spring when Blizzard ran that big "Pink Mercy" charity campaign in Overwatch? The company's run the numbers, and it turns out Overwatch...

E3 2018: Fallout 76 partners with Habitat for Humanity for charity – you can contribute for a song (literally)

Still pumped for the full Fallout 76 reveal from last night? Or maybe concerned over the potential for PvP abuse? Regardless of your current...

EVE Fanfest 2018: Two EVE players were married by the space pope. Yep.

Of all the fascinating things the EVE Online community has embraced over the game's almost 15-year lifetime, perhaps the most bizarre is space pope...

GDC 2018: Games can help humanity, be profitable, and get support from gamers

Games alone won't make the world better. They won't even make gamers better. We publish some articles that certainly seem pretty pro-games, but we're...

Guild Wars 2 honors dearly departed MMO blogger Zach ‘Ravious’ Best with in-game quest

Last October, we were devastated to report that MMO blogger Zach "Ravious" Best had passed away at the young age of 36, taken by...
Yes, yes it is.

The gaming community rallies around EverQuest Next AI developer Dave Mark

A renowned game AI designer who worked on EverQuest Next and John Smedley's Hero's Song is the focal point of concern following an accident...

EVE Online, Star Trek Online, and Elite Dangerous players memorialize physicist Stephen Hawking

Multiple MMORPG communities are celebrating the life of internationally renowned cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who passed away earlier this week. In EVE Online, players came together...

Raph Koster on the ESA’s DMCA battle: ‘Preservation matters’

Remember last week when we covered how the Entertainment Software Association is fighting a proposal to amend the DMCA that would help preserve online...

Catching up with the Ultima Nostalgia project that’s rebuilding Ultima Online in Wurm

If you found last week's community discussion on whether (good) bots could help save dying MMORPGs fascinating, then the video hereunder will suit you...

Elite Dangerous community thwarts griefers’ attempt to ruin final in-game voyage of terminally ill player

Elite Dangerous has once again become the battleground between griefers and everybody else, this time with real-life stakes. A few weeks ago, the Elite community...

ArenaNet donates $3500 to Guild Wars fan whose game copy survived a deadly housefire

Howasabout another feel-good story? Let's do it! This one comes from Kotaku, which covered a large donation Guild Wars 2 studio ArenaNet recently made...

VR Chat players aid seizure victim, shame trolls

Last year, we wrote about the extreme potential for griefing in virtual reality spaces as it's one of MMORPG developer Raph Koster's favorite talking...

EVE Online community donates 3.7 million PLEX to family of fallen developer

Last fall, one of EVE Online's senior software engieers passed away at the age of 35, leaving a hole in the team's heart. While...

RIFT devs add memorial for fallen player and dimensioneer

The sad and touching saga of a fallen RIFT player continues this week as the game's developers cement her legacy in the game itself. You...
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CCP honors fallen EVE Online developer with fundraiser ship skin

As if CCP Games isn't struggling enough right now, the studio announced today that it's lost one of its own: an EVE Online developer...

TERA goes on pink overload for breast cancer awareness

We are sure that you are one of the good ones that do not need any prompting to give to worthy causes, such as...