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Mass Effect Multiplayer?

A post on Game Blend cites a LinkedIn posting by EA recruiter Jeff Goldstein strongly suggesting that multiplayer support will be part of the future of the Mass Effect series of science fiction RPGs. Jeff's profile does have a note from a few weeks ago saying a Senior Multiplayer Engineer is one of the openings at BioWare Montréal, but Blend also has an image of a listing (which we cannot find on LinkedIn) calling for a "Multiplayer Programmer (Mass Effect Franchise)."

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28. Re: Mass Effect Multiplayer? May 30, 2010, 14:18 ForgedReality
 
Linksil wrote on May 30, 2010, 12:07:
I hate to say it, but this is why you'll always have people arguing over RPG's. Because everyone expects something different from what an RPG "IS". People forget that RPG's are Role Playing Games. You don't have to have leveling, you don't have to have choices, you don't have to have loot gathering to the ends of the earth. All of those are design choices that changes what Type of RPG the game is. ME is an Action RPG. It's an RPG with more action and Dialog centered design.

I hate people complaining about FF games and other RPG's just because they were excepting this big open ended game. At the core and RPG is just you playing a roll inside a game. How much you play the roll and how much you can change that roll is 100% up to the designers. Please stop trying to compare games that are different design element focused like they arn't.
But the problem with that is that players of RPGs expect certain elements to be present in the game's design. The RPG genre started before videogames were really even an option--in the days of the classic table-top nerdfests like Warhammer, Magic, and DnD. In those games, you had established characteristics of gameplay, such as leveling, inventory, skill points, etc. This is where the term RPG stems from, and many of the characteristics from those early games are still often applied to the games that we have today falling under that umbrella.

The other part of the problem with your way of thinking is that you seem to be over-generalizing. If you define a genre too loosely, then you can apply it to any game you want. From your definition, it sounds like you could call Quake, TF2, Bejeweled, and Thief RPGs. In each of those games, you play a role... okay maybe not Bejeweled, but it wouldn't take much loosening up for it to apply there as well.

My point is, the general definition of a genre seems to come from the way the majority think of it. You might have a different idea from someone else of what kinds of things an RPG should include, but the fact remains that the industry defines a genre based on what has traditionally been included in that genre in the past.
 
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