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Columnists - Bill Murphy's Bill Murphy gives us his thoughts and opinions on the happenings in and around the world of MMORPGs.

I’m OK with ESO Faction Turncoats

Elder Scrolls Online -  Column

There’s been a lot of controversy lately about “faction turncoats”. What’s funny to me is that this is the kind of thing players have been dying for Zenimax to allow. But now that we have it, the folks who wanted factions to remain race-locked are now speaking out about how they think this move is a.) A cash grab or b.) Somehow wronging the lore or c.) Breaking the game’s PVP. Parties are crying over a bit of spilt milk but this is all better for the game.Posted Feb 14, 2014 by William Murphy

Why Can't I Get Into Hearthstone?

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft -  Column

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is the current "it-game" around the online gaming space, and for the life of him... Bill can't figure out why. So today, he's going to kvetch about how he can't get into the game, and ask you all for tips on how to get more enjoyment from Blizzard's wildly popular online TCG. Read on and educate Bill!Posted Nov 1, 2013 by William Murphy

Why So Many MMOs Disappoint

General -  Column

No this isn't a religious column from Bill Murphy this week. Instead, it's a quick look at why we as MMO gamers always seem to be waiting for the next big thing, instead of enjoying what we do have while looking forward. Read on, see if you agree, and leave a note in the comments.Posted Sep 30, 2013 by William Murphy

The Future of Online Games

General -  Column

During PAX Prime, we held our annual Future of Online Games panel. The panelists were from all over the industry, and our own Managing Editor took a few key points home from the discussion. Read on to see what those were.Posted Sep 5, 2013 by William Murphy

The Importance of Achievement

General -  Column

In today's MMO space, much of what made the genre great has been taken out, namely the will to -achieve- things as opposed to being given them. In his latest column, our Managing Editor Bill Murphy talks about why achievement is important and why it matters. See if you agree before leaving your thoughts in the comments.Posted Aug 20, 2013 by William Murphy

EQNext's Time to Shine

EverQuest Next -  General

Now that Blizzard has pushed any further information and development of its 'Titan' MMO to the distant future, it's time for EverQuest Next to take the spotlight. Check out our thoughts on the subject before heading to the comments to discuss.Posted May 30, 2013 by William Murphy

The Beta Is a Lie

General -  Editorial

One of the more common occurences as more games go free to play is to see "soft launches", so-called open betas, where the team can hide behind the beta moniker but simultaneously profit by taking players' money for cash shop items. In his latest column, Bill Murphy takes on this troubling trend. Read on and then tell us what you think in the comments.Posted May 16, 2013 by William Murphy

Scarlet Blade... Really?

Scarlet Blade -  Column

Scarlet Blade has been receiving a lot of attention lately, less for its gameplay mechanics than for its gratuitous use of cleavage. We take a look at the game and how we believe it's a huge step backwards for the industry. Read on and then weigh in with your thoughts in the comments.Posted Mar 7, 2013 by William Murphy

The Case for Never-ending Progression

General -  Column

Developers have been having increasing difficulty keeping end-game players entertained and have struggled with what to do to keep them involved as customers. In today's column, Bill puts on his sweater with elbow patches, lights up the professor's pipe and weighs in with theory-crafting about endless progression. Check it out, class, then submit your work in the comments.Posted Jan 17, 2013 by William Murphy

Bill's Games of 2013

General -  General

Last week we took a look back at the year that was and listed our favorite games. This week we turn to the year ahead and the games that have us sitting on pins and needles in anticipation. Each staff member will have his (or her!) day but we always begin with Bill Murphy. See what's got Bill all of a dither and then leave your thoughts in the comments.Posted Jan 7, 2013 by William Murphy

Bill's Best of 2012

General -  General

2012 is nearly over and it's always fun to take a look back at the games that we spent lots of hours enjoying. We'll be spending this week talking about the games that we, the staff of, caught our attention in the year that was. As ever, join the conversation in the comments. First up, Managing Editor Bill Murphy's list.Posted Dec 31, 2012 by William Murphy

Review Forthcoming

Infestation: Survivor Stories -  General

Every game deserves a chance at an 'official' review, The War Z included. Even with its troubles of late, it's still a released game. We have a few thoughts to share about the upcoming review and want to get some of your input as well. Read on before leaving your thoughts in the comments.Posted Dec 27, 2012 by William Murphy

Content Locusts Aren’t the Problem

General -  Column

There is an ongoing discussion about what it is that makes today's MMOs so short-lived: Content consumers or the over crowded market or...something else. In our newest column, we take a look at what the real problem might be. See if you agree and then leave your thoughts in the comments.Posted Nov 28, 2012 by William Murphy

The Problem No One’s Talking About

General -  Column

The MMO market is arguable the most crowded it has ever been with each game clamoring for players' attention. But with the notion that the field is a crowded one, comes the revelation that there are two serious issues with MMOs today. In Bill's latest column, he examines those problems. See what he has to say and then leave your ideas in the comments.Posted Nov 2, 2012 by William Murphy

Musing on Funcom

The Secret World -  Editorial

Yesterday's investors' report from Funcom contained some bad news for the company in that its highly touted The Secret World had not lived up to hope-for expectations. We take a look at that news and more in our latest editorial. Check it out!Posted Aug 29, 2012 by William Murphy

Darksiders II - Zelda Meets Death

General -  Column

Occasionally, we like to touch base on big non-MMOs that we feel our readers would enjoy. Darksiders II from THQ and Vigil Games is one of those titles. Sequel to the vastly under-appreciated Darksiders, DS2 is looking like a masterpiece of the Action/Adventure RPG.Posted Aug 14, 2012 by William Murphy

F2P: How Soon Is Too Soon?

Star Wars: The Old Republic -  Column

With the announcement that Star Wars: The Old Republic would be going F2P, many people expressed surprise that it had come so soon. In a new column today, we look at that notion and tear it apart. Check it out!Posted Aug 2, 2012 by William Murphy

Post-PAX East Thoughts

General -  Column

Now that we are almost two weeks past PAX East, it's time to wrap up our coverage with some thoughts about the things we both saw and heard during the annual convention. Keep reading and then leave us your thoughts in the comments.Posted Apr 17, 2012 by William Murphy

What to Expect from PAX East 2012

General -  Preview

We are in high gear as PAX East 2012 kicks off and we want to give you a heads up on what we're looking forward to checking out during the annual convention. Posted Apr 5, 2012 by William Murphy

Hiding the Game - Immersion

General -  Column

One thing that many MMO players clamor for in ever-increasingly loud voice is IMMERSION. They want to feel a part of the game. In today's latest editorial, we take a look at ways we feel that our games could be made more immersive. Read on and see what you think. Share your thoughts in the comments!Posted Feb 2, 2012 by William Murphy