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Too much confusion here, fortunately I'll set it straight.
Sandboxes died when WOW turned the industry down the theme park path.
Theme parks died when WOW implemented cross realm grouping.
What we have now is a bunch of dungeon crawlers posing as Theme Parks which are posing as MMORPGs which we all know are Sandboxes.
A true MMORPG is a Sandbox.
A theme park is not and never was an MMORPG. They are a type of game unto themselves that have 0 to do with RPG. I shall call them a Massive Multiplayer Online Quest Grinders.
The genre fell even further into darkness with cross realms going from theme parks to Massive Multiplayer Online Dungeon Crawlers.
Hopefully this clarifies things so people on this site, a MMORPG site, can stop talking about all these silly non MMORPGs.