The problem with RP in MMOs, is that (at least IMO), RP is better done in a pure-text environment without pesky visuals and stuff getting in the way. Also, when RPing... people take awhile to type (for some weird reason, most people I meet having typing speeds of <10 WPM), and the few times I tried to RP in a game environment, I found myself bored out of my skull waiting on responses.
In a Pure Text environment, I can easily alt-tab and browse or do something else while waiting on responses.
But yet in a game, I can't really play the game and then pause and respond, because that's difficult to do (I hate trying to have a Steam conversation, and those are just 1-2 sentence responses...) while trying to focus on what you're doing. When I RP, I do whole paragraph responses in MU*s. Yeah, try doing that while trying to do a "Kill x of y" quest... lol. Or worse, a dungeon. That just ain't gonna work.
So, it is easy to see why not many do the whole RP in MMO type thing... that, and I feel that RP is a lost art... you only see it in niche areas unless you go to a MU* designed for that. And the few people I do see trying to do it in an MMO... eh... like Seriha says.. a lot of people are terrible at it. #1 thing one ought to do is at least have proper spelling and grammar (except for actual dialogue), and most people fail horribly at that.
Edited, Apr 22nd 2017 10:56pm by Lyrailis