I am amused and somewhat bewildered to admit that I have my very own pet troll. He follows me around on Reddit to hassle me, and from time to time he rolls a new account here on MassivelyOP, all to inform me that I, personally, am stupid and do not know what an MMORPG is. I’m not mad about it. He’s right to the extent that I can’t give a universal definition of MMORPG that everyone everywhere will agree with. In the comments of any attempt at doing so, you’ll find people haggling over what counts as massively multiplayer, what’s sufficiently online, what counts as roleplaying, what are the precise bits and pieces that make something more like EverQuest or Final Fantasy XIV than like Warframe or Destiny. You’ll see arguments over the sandbox/themepark continuum, Diku MUDs, PvP, raiding, grouping, community, questing, soloers, zone size, the Bartle quotient. It’ll start to look a bit granular and even bizarre to anyone not fluent in the genre – and pointless to those who are. I’ve been covering MMORPGs professionally for nearly 10 years and playing them more than twice that, yet every time I think I’ve finally got it all figured out,… Read full this story
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