We all know that fantasy is by far the most popular setting for MMORPGs — but what is the least? While not completely unrepresented in the genre, the contemporary setting seems to be on the low end.
Maybe it is because we want to be transported to a far-away world, not invited to a place that’s practically next door. Perhaps it’s just more difficult to figure out how to meld MMO mechanics with cell phones, the internet, and drive-thru Starbucks. But it can and has been done, most notably in The Secret World and now in the upcoming Identity.
What do you think? Are contemporary settings underutilized in MMOs? Could they bring something new and interesting to the table? What would get you to play in such a game world?