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How Soon Until Everything is an MMO?

Posted Feb 02, 2010 by Jon Wood

How Soon Until Everything is an MMO? columnist Justin Webb writes about the growing trend in single players and small group co-op games toward looking more and more like their MMORPG cousins.

This week I have mostly been playing Mass Effect 2, Borderlands, and Star Trek Online (and wondering how Scott is going to wrap up his epic two-parter tomorrow).

Doing so has highlighted, for me, a trend that has been slowly growing throughout all of gaming: RPGs are becoming more like shooters; and shooters are becoming more like RPGs.

For example, Mass Effect 2 is a wonderfully streamlined third-person shooter with a lot of its previous incarnation's RPG-ness excised; while Borderlands is a joyful shooter that is almost indistinguishable from an MMO. It's getting hard to know what MMORPG "means" nowadays. The lines between genres are blurring. Which one is the RPG: Mass Effect 2 or Borderlands?

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