Gerren Fisher of TheGameReviews recounts the SXSW 2010 panel on "The Great 'MMO' Hope", looking at how the success of social games like Mafia Wars will play into the future of the MMO genre.
The popularity of these titles still amazes me. I am marginally excited about the Battlestar MMO, and Need for Speed World
At the risk of sounding like an MMO elitist (which, I'm not; I've never come close to reaching the level cap in any MMO, ever), I'd rather not play an MMO with people too "lazy" to actually download/install the game in question. Especially considering how auto-pilot most games' installations are anyway.
I'm not entirely sold on the idea of browser based MMOs yet. That said, with the advent of Silverlight, HTML5, and other web technologies, that viewpoint is subject to change...
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