There was a phase our genre went through about five or so years ago when every new MMO – even the ones that most people would’ve agreed were pretty standard MMORPGs – were trying to rebrand themselves with brand-new acronyms and genres. It wasn’t a new trend, of course; ArenaNet tried it with CORPG (competitive online roleplaying game) back in the aughts, but it really peaked a few years ago. We had a game use MEOW (multiplayer evolving online world), MMOSSL (massively multiplayer online shooter slash loot game), OTWG (online throne war game), and most recently, MSARPG (multiplayer survival action roleplaying game).
I tend to let MMOFPS and MMOARPG and MMOARG slide because those really do feel more like hybrid genres than like an attempt to weasel out of calling a game an MMO. But some of these others… I wish they’d just stop.
What’s the goofiest not-an-MMO acronym you’ve seen an MMO try to adopt – and what should it be using instead?