Reddit Place is not an MMO, but it is an MMO

    
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Wandering around Reddit can be almost as hazardous as falling into the time vacuums of Wikipedia and TV Tropes. This I remembered yesterday, when Massively OP reader Rick told us in no uncertain terms that we needed to check out /r/place, this year’s Reddit April Fools’ Day joke that has taken on a life of its own. “Although not described as an MMO, it is basically one,” he said mysteriously, and… he was right.

Here’s how it works: At the top of the sub is a massive pixel canvas. Every five minutes, you can place a colored tile some place on the canvas. Where do you put it? Well that depends. The sub is filled with impromptu factions of players working together, working against each other, or sowing chaos. National factions, collegiate factions, art factions, nihilist factions… it’s got everything.

One downside is that beautiful works of art are hard to keep up; consider this co-operative vision of Van Gogh’s Starry Night, which was allegedly destroyed by The Black Void, which itself now has a Reddit to organize its “hits” on other teams’ projects. Give a man a fish and he’ll use it to spell FUCK on your bridge, after all.

In fact, one of the big complaints on the sub right now is that griefers are actively scripting to ruin as much of the game as possible, prompting participants to demand spammer checks. If that doesn’t make it an MMO, I dunno what would.

If it’s all sounding familiar, that’s because Reddit tried a game like this two years ago — you might remember it as The Button, a sub where Redditors were tasked with pressing a button… or not. The gag ended in June of that same year when no one pushed the button, and the hatch blew up. Wait, no, that was the other thing. On Reddit, nothing happened at all. Wonder what’ll happen to placing on the place? My bet is on everyone getting bored at being pointlessly erased and leaving the anarchists to feed on only themselves. But then, we play MMOs, so to us, it’s not so much a cute experiment as a cold reality.

Source: Reddit Place. Thanks, Rick!
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Johnny

Well it’s not an mmo because it’s not a game. There are no players. No one is playing a game. It’s just a bunch of participants sharing a pixel canvas. I guess they compete for space… either way I see the mmo point but still disagree. If /place can be an mmo, then so is the comment section of massivelyop and every chat board.

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Ocho

If /place can be an mmo, then so is the comment section of massivelyop and every chat board.

You mean they aren’t? They’re certainly multiplayer, they contain confrontation/cooperation, and they exist in an “open world”. If anything, chat boards and comment sections are more MMO than most self-titled MMOs out there. They don’t have the best graphics, though.

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MesaSage

You almost got me with that one. Nice edit.

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Sorenthaz

/r/place already finished, so people can’t continue ’til someone makes an offshoot of it. :p

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Rumm

I’m trying to find Waldo

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Robert Mann

Now, if only we could round up all those ‘Black Voiders’ and send them to their own little paradise with themselves and their desire to trash everyone else, and anyone else who decides that the idea is ‘fun, good, or otherwise worth engaging in’ over the course of the future… then we could have a lot more cool stuff, and a lot less anguish. On an off note, I’m willing to consider fire ants or killer bees needing a new home being sent to enjoy the location selected as well.

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Oleg Chebeneev

72 hours of /r/Place

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Oleg Chebeneev

Wouldnt call Reddit an MMO, but its as addicting as MMOs, thats for sure.

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Liandreth

I did one pixel only, then forgot. Last picture of it looks neat though!

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Sorenthaz

I’m happy that Blue Corner managed to reclaim a decent chunk of ground by the end.

Also /r/leagueoflegends became /r/leagueofleseads lul

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Zulika Mi-Nam

I was wondering what this thing was. I’ve been seeing it spouted on the DOTA2 sub all week as I keep up with a tourney that is ongoing

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Vellik

Not only is Mo in there, on the far left is Massively. Awesome.