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The Think Tank: Do government spies scare you away from your favorite MMO?

The NSA is listening to our MMO chat logs, and I feel fine. Monday's news has sparked outrage among some gamers, while others yawn and carry on, knowing that they have nothing to fear. So I polled the Massively staff members to gather everyone's thoughts on the topic. Would any of us stop playin...

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NSA spies infiltrate MMOs to weed out terrorism

News of our government spying on us is not actually news at this point, but recent reports suggest that governments are also spying on us in our online games. The reason? Suspected terrorism, of course! Former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden, ProPublica, The Guardian, and T...

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The Daily Grind: Should governments meddle in MMO business models?

Last year, we wrote about a Japanese government crackdown on free-to-play games that used a gambling-centered crafting mechanic. This past summer, the German high court effectively barred advertising for virtual items sold within free-to-play MMOs (because won't someone think of the children). Like...

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38 Studios loan under SEC investigation

It seems as though we can't go more than a few weeks without hearing about some new complication related to the collapse of 38 Studios and the financial catastrophe it left in its wake. This week's news comes in the form of an SEC probe into the $75 million in loan guarantees offered to the studio ...

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Lawsuit against Curt Schilling and 38 Studios allowed to proceed

According to a report in the Boston Globe, a Rhode Island judge has ruled that the state's lawsuit against baseball star Curt Schilling and his merry band of 38 Studios execs will continue, in spite of the defense's movement to dismiss the case outright. The suit, which began in May, was filed b...

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The Think Tank: Should the government regulate video game content?

While government regulation is welcomed in some corners of our lives, it's not always welcomed everywhere. After recent gun violence has been making headlines more than ever, U.S. President Barack Obama set out to "find the cause" through new funding for 23 executive orders that pertain to the or...

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Not So Massively: Golden Joysticks, new heroes, and insane character builds

Diablo III lost to Skyrim at this year's Golden Joystick awards, but it was named as a runner-up in two categories. Blizzard also reduced the difficulty of increased Monster Power levels this week by about 25%, and one player managed to design an insane Barbarian build capable of dealing 2.6 mill...

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South Korea forces Blizzard to give Diablo III refunds

After investigating numerous complaints that Blizzard wasn't granting refunds to dissatisfied South Korean Diablo III players, the government there demanded that the studio do so anyway. The South Korean consumer protection law ensures a refund if there's a problem with the product that isn't rel...

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The SOPAbox: Defeating online piracy by destroying the internet

Disclaimer: The Soapbox column is entirely the opinion of this week's writer and does not necessarily reflect the views of Massively as a whole. If you're afraid of opinions other than your own, you might want to skip this column. Unless you've been living under a rock, chances are you've hear...

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Fifty days of 'lulz' over: LulzSec disbands

The secretive hacking group known as LulzSec has announced that it is formally disbanding with the completion of its planned 50 days of mayhem. Among its many targets that it has hacked, including government sites, LulzSec struck at The Escapist, Bethesda Game Studios, League of Legends, and EVE ...

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