Always Online Podcast: What The Hell Does "MMO" Even Mean Anymore And Are They Dying? Ep 507

The world has changed and the term "MMO" along with it. What the hell does that even mean anymore...has it lost all the "genre" dying? We'll dive through all of that then cover neat news about Gigantic, SWTOR, Star Wars Battlefront, Nightingale, and so much more! All that and more on this week's Always Online!

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Discussion Timestamps:

00:00 Show Intro

04:51 What does it mean to be an "MMO"? Are they dying?

33:51 Neat News (Gigantic, Star Wars Battlefront, SWTOR, and more)

53:43 Key Stats (Sony's $10B loss, Epic Game Store 2023 Stats, and Nightingale)

01:03:02 Weekly Bombs (DA-Bomb / A-Bomb) And Question Of The Week

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trenshod 1 month ago

MMO has to incorporate each of those key words.

Massive: The amount of players that I could potentially group with or fight against within a given area has to be large (more than a party or a raid group).
Multiplayer: I have to have the ability to work with surrounding players in order to complete game objectives.
Online: Obviously has to be online so MM is possible.

Related QoTW:

MOBA and its miss use.

How can you have a game like Bloodline Champions/Battlerite and another game like LoL/DoTA and say they are both MOBAs. These games play is vastly different, with the only common point being they both use hero powers. You could say they both do battle within a arena. True but one is generally head to head with your opponent(s) and the other is against minions, turrets, and opponents within a lane configuration.

MMO and MOBA terminology boils down to a couple key points imo. A media outlet/content creator that doesn't know what these abbreviations actually mean or for time sake they just tag it with titles that closely resemble said game. Other than getting under my skin none of this really matters. I'm just here to play games and have some fun!

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