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I have a very clear definition myself:Torval said:An expert's opinion is only as valid as the facts it stands on.cameltosis said:For those arguing about the definition of MMO.
Bill et al actually did an editorial on the definition of MMO a while back.
For this, they interviewed Richard Garriott, who said the definition is about the number of players within the same virtual space. Raph Koster also joins in in the comments section, and backs up what Garriott said - its all about the number of people with the same virtual space.
But, you can read through Bill's and the teams reasoning. They basically dismiss the experts opinions, dismiss the rules of english comprehension and seem to settle on "well, if it has similar features to other MMOs, then it's an MMO".
Bills exact definition:
"To me, if I must put a definition - it's any persistent online game that hosts thousands of players and lets them play together. Even MOBAs could be considered MMOs of a kind. But they're certainly not MMORPGs."
This should tell you everything you need to know. His own definition contradicts itself.
Garriott calls Shroud an MMO, something a lot of people here don't agree with. Do you agree Shroud is an MMORPG? The creator of the term and "expert" calls it one.
Raph has also said that many things, including Facebook, is an MMO and that much of our online world and interactivity has become "mmo-ified".
You can't even come up with a definition yourself so who are you to criticize? It's a case of the incapable criticizing the imperfect. You all could start a site called the "Incapable Authority" and tell others what they're not doing good enough about things you can't actually do yourselves.
You're beginning to sound like Sean! Don't go to the dark side....Kyleran said:Meh, I am an old school MMORPG elitist, PC master race no less, and I just won't play games that aren't to my very specific tastes.
Fortunately there is Fallout NV and 4, most fun I've had in recent years and the npcs / companions are more social than most human players in MMOs today.