Wired: Shooters like Gears of War could be considered great role-playing games, says the co-founder of RPG developer BioWare.
Hmm, where have I heard that before? Oh, right: Not two days ago, Epic's Cliff Bleszinski said that "the future of shooters is RPGs." Speaking to Wired.com before the publication of that interview, BioWare's Ray Muzyka articulated similar sentiments, pointing out that many other game genres have lifted the "key pillars" of role-playing games.
"Genres are almost a vestige of the past," said Muzyka. "In a way, a lot of the best shooters are RPGs as well, because they allow you to have progression, exploration, combat or conflict, and a story."
Those key attributes of RPGs, he said, are valuable for "any kind of game."