nudge wrote:You have built up yourself as a brains trust of different sub-genre's but you seem rigid in how things fit together. What will you do if the Diablo universe starts adding instanced Auction houses that 'everybody' can move around in at the same time, or any other number of little things that will make it slowly more like recognized MMO's and less the action rpg game that it is. Will it need a new genre for you to accept discussion about it while the rest of the community are happy to just say that it shares features with MMO's.
What is it about an auction house that you think is strictly for MMO's? Why couldn't you have an action house in any other RPG, like say Dead Island that forces you to play online anyway? The other players are already logged in so why not? But doing so wouldn't make dead island an MMO and you know this. You don't need an auction house to be an MMO as there are many without one and it has absolutely nothing on defining what an MMO is.
You can't have an instanced auction room where everybody can move around because instanced is when an area is created just for your or your private group. If you mean persistent, again I'd go back to guild wars. They have persistant towns, they can class themselves as an MMO but they know that the rest of the game isnt like that so they dont base it on it.