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Comment In: [News - 11/15/2018 - 03:58]

And then we had this ...

And then we had this incredible department we work with -- which I won t go into too much detail about because we don t want to give away all of our tactics that we have in combating toxicity -- we felt like there was a an opportunity. r n ...

Comment In: [News - 11/06/2018 - 04:03]

I 've been doing design ...

I 've been doing design work on games, almost all MMO 's, since at least 2000. To my knowledge the only company to ever credit me was Nexon with a special thanks for the 18 months I worked on Shattered Galaxy. Even on projects where I was the highest paid ...

Comment In: [News - 10/01/2018 - 06:30]

I got SWATted in 1990 ...

I got SWATted in 1990 in Phoenix coming back from a Native tribal protection action. Apparently someone really didn 't like that I was trying to protect some Native elders who just happened to have the misfortune of living on top of uranium deposits. Having 17 police officers swarm into ...

Comment In: [News - 10/02/2018 - 04:01]

I was an alpha tester ...

I was an alpha tester for EVE, and the richest individual player for the first four months after launch. I was the first to build all the large Minmatar ships. I 've had a lot of time to think about how to improve EVE since 2003. I 've long had ...

Comment In: [Blog - 09/21/2018 - 09:44]

Loot boxes work because they ...

Loot boxes work because they stimulate dopamine release, even before the box is opened. All consumables that trigger dopamine release in consumers are addictive over time. This includes opiates and sugar also. Sugar actually kills a lot more people than opiates due to obesity effects but both are epidemic in ...

Comment In: [News - 09/21/2018 - 10:23]

This was happening quite a ...

This was happening quite a bit in Everquest when I was part of the CS team, at least on my server.

Comment In: [News - 09/17/2018 - 04:18]

I believe I describe in ...

I believe I describe in detailed plain language many of the key issues here in my 2017 How the ESRB is Promoting Children 's Gambling paper. The ESRB has been on the wrong side of this issue for some time now, shockingly so as that paper describes.

Comment In: [Blog - 09/06/2018 - 09:21]

Josh, as you know I ...

Josh, as you know I play Marvel Strike Force the second game pictured . Last week I earned the 150 days logged in achievement. So I know the game pretty well. I 'm a fan of the Marvel IP. I 'm consistently in the top 500 pvp leaderboard. I have ...

Comment In: [News - 08/22/2018 - 10:01]

By not banning loot boxes, ...

By not banning loot boxes, and allowing them to be purchased with real money that is laundered through an intermediary currency as described in my 2013 Systems of Control in F2P paper , I would say the Belgian authority played this as cautiously as they possibly could and may still ...

Comment In: [News - 08/07/2018 - 05:08]

For years I 've been ...

For years I 've been responding to articles from Blizzard and RIOT discussing how they are attempting to deal with widespread toxic behavior from their players. I 've pointed out while every game has a few trolls, that this sort of widespread toxicity is a product of game design. For ...

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