We’ve done a case for the term “massively,” and it seems Massively decided to take the exploration to a higher level by asking a slew of devs about the term and what “MMO” means anymore. My favorite blurb comes from Turbine’s Jeffrey Steefel:
Players don’t want to ‘play’ with thousands of people, they want to play with a small group in the presence of thousands. It’s like an old-school arcade. You don’t want to play pinball with 10 people, but playing by yourself in a crowded room is a lot more fun.
Which is why we sometimes talk about Team Fortress 2, and I think Borderlands and Diablo 3 might also be subjected to our own… explorations.
from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty