Journalists and academics clash over the World Health Organization’s ‘gaming disorder’ classification

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Journalists and academics clash over the World Health Organization’s ‘gaming disorder’ classification

Ever since the World Health Organization decided it will include its “gaming disorder” classification in its upcoming disease classification manual revision, game journalists, mainstream journalists, and academics have been enjoying a field day fighting over whether it’s justified and what the ramifications will be. As we’ve previously noted, according to WHO, “Gaming disorder is characterized by a pattern of persistent or...

Closers Online’s Season of Wolves is live with the fatigue system rework

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Closers Online’s Season of Wolves is live with the fatigue system rework

If you’re hungry like the wolf, strut on a line right on over to Closers, where En Masse has just introduced Season of Wolves to the anime MMORPG. As we’ve previously covered, this is the update that nukes the game’s fatigue system, making it easier for players to actually play without monitoring arbitrary activity bars. “Closers gather together! En Masse...

Fortnite has finally gotten a functional Playground LTM online

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Fortnite has finally gotten a functional Playground LTM online

Fortnite’s latest patch is here, and its chief addition is new weapons: a new pistol, new stink bombs, and even a Tommy gun. New flag skins just in time for Independence Day are also on order. Not mentioned in the notes is the Playground limited time mode, which was supposed to roll out last week but was sidelined due to...

World of Warcraft is banning ads on the Group Finder moving forward

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World of Warcraft is banning ads on the Group Finder moving forward

Quick question: What is the Group Finder in World of Warcraft intended for? If you answered that it’s for finding groups, possibly with an incredulous expression that anyone would ask such an obvious question, congratulations! You are following along here. If, on the other hand, you answered “for advertising runs through content being sold for in-game gold,” then you are...

DC Universe Online is giving away free CR 170 characters for logging in this week

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DC Universe Online is giving away free CR 170 characters for logging in this week

It’s “member appreciation week” in Daybreak’s DC Universe Online, and it lines up nice and neat with the holiday too – how nice convenient is that? You’re definitely going to want to take advantage of this one, too, as Daybreak is essentially handing out a free toon boosted to 170 combat rating. “Members, log in starting tomorrow to claim your...

Final Fantasy XIV unlocks Heaven-on-High with patch 4.35 today

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Final Fantasy XIV unlocks Heaven-on-High with patch 4.35 today

You could argue that the new Deep Dungeon in Final Fantasy XIV doesn’t really deserve the name; you’re going up, not down. That means it’s not really a deep dungeon, is it? But that’s being needlessly pedantic when you know that the important thing is journeying into a randomized dungeon to earn bits of the Accursed Hoard, new weapons, and...