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I posted this idea in the Cities XL forum because people are very passionate about what constitutes an MMO and more specifically an MMORPG.
My suggestion there was to begin creating a new set of subcategories for MMO games. it is becoming very apparent that the MMO genre is expanding and evolving beyond the mainstream fantasy RPG model. so I would like to see if this website and its contributors would like to start a new trend and begin coining some new terms related to MMO games.
I put this under site suggestion because I think it would help people more if the site itself began organizing games into these new categories. of course it will take a lot discussion to determine what are good categories and how best to define them, but, is that not exactly what forums like this are for? of course, if this topic should go somewhere else, feel free to move it.
MMO - any game with an online element where a player can interact with a large number of other players in real time (100+ is a good limiter for the massive definition).
MMORPG: any MMO where the intent is for the player to play a single avatar which can increase in personal power (through equipment, level, skills, etc) and progress through a story line (missions, quests, etc).
MMOFPS: any MMO where the intent is for the player to attack and kill other players. player avatar progression is not the main focus and is done mainly through temporary power ups. missions or quests are non-existent or rare.
MMORTS: any MMO where the player controls an army or a number of individual units and there is no personal avatar (or the avatar is some kind of general or leader for the army). the army is not made up of other player avatars.
MMOSIM: any MMO where the player is controlling and building a simulation of some kind. the intent of the game is to build and create while trading with others for mutual growth and expansion. Destruction and battles are non-existent and would be in opposition to the main purpose of the game.
so, if we do this, we can see that CitiesXL should be a MMOSIM. by all means add to the list and expand on the definitions. give examples too. we have an opportunity here to start a new trend. lets create, not destroy.
I am not suggesting that MMORPG.com change its name. You can call the site whatever you want because it is just a title and not a category heading. And it is still a fitting title since MMORPGs are the main grouping by far for all MMOs.