The author writes: "Defiance is an MMORPG/shooter hybrid game from Trion Worlds. It sounds fairly run-of-the-mill when you describe it that way, but it’s actually got a whole lot more going on than meets the eye. For example, the combat is truly a fully-functioning third-person shooter, the game is buy-to-play (meaning no subscription fees), and most importantly, it’s the first true cross-media experience. This means that the SyFy TV series by the same name is running simultaneously and events in the show actually affect events in the game and vice versa. You may find yourself wondering, however, “To what extent do the two interact and is it really that meaningful?” Well, as expected, the answer is fairly complicated."