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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.

Questing to Monotony

General -  Column

I’m not a partisan MMO gamer. I’ll play a sandbox, a themepark, an Action MMORPG, or anything that offers me fun when I boot up the title. But if there’s something made clear by recent MMO offerings, it’s this: traditional questing as a means of progression is really getting tired. Posted Jul 30, 2014 by William Murphy

ArcheAge - Why You Questing, Bro?

ArcheAge -  Column

ArcheAge is going to be a divisive game… just not for the reasons you might think. We spent some time with the first of several closed beta events for Trion’s upcoming North American release of the game, and we’re suitably enamored. But there’s a sneaking suspicion we all have about ArcheAge: we’re afraid that its underlying complexity is going to be hidden by the upfront simplicity of its questing and PVE design.Posted Jul 23, 2014 by William Murphy

The Self-Playing MMO Scourge

General -  Column

There are way too many MMOs these days. No, scratch that. There are way too many terrible, no-good, self-playing, web-based clones of clones MMOs these days.Posted Jul 16, 2014 by William Murphy

Watch Dogs: The Story is a Hack, But the Game is Fantastic

General -  General

Ubisoft’s Watch_Dogs is not what I expected to call an RPG. In fact, we’re not even going to list the game here on our new RPG game list. But if the series keeps on its current path, we just might have to revisit that decision. Ubisoft sent me a copy for my PS4 (unexpectedly), and when I booted it up I was pleased to find an open world modern day RPG.Posted May 29, 2014 by William Murphy

Gauging the Critical Reception

WildStar -  Editorial

Earlier this week, I and some other team members here at MMORPG were trying to guess just where the game would land in terms of critical acclaim. We were pretty evenly divided into two camps. One side believes that WildStar will sit in the 80s, and the other side of the argument thinks that Carbine’s freshman game will fall somewhere in the mid-70s due to backlash that other recent MMO releases have been receiving. Posted May 8, 2014 by William Murphy

Heroes of the Storm Refines the MOBA

Heroes of the Storm -  Preview

Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm recently entered a small "technical alpha", and I managed to somehow luck out and snag a key. I've been playing the game pretty much any chance I get since Friday, quite possible because it seems Blizzard's done it once again. They've taken what makes a genre work, extracted the good and left out what some might consider the bad. Read on to find out why it's eating up all my free time.Posted Mar 17, 2014 by William Murphy

Too Much Hand-Holding?

WildStar -  Editorial

WildStar doesn’t hold your hand… it drags you by every body part in a million different directions and can leave you feeling absolutely torn on what it is you should be doing. My question for Carbine and you all is: does WildStar point the player in too many divergent directions or is more always better in an MMO trying to please so many playstyles?Posted Mar 10, 2014 by William Murphy


General -  Column

From here on out, you might see a lot more RPG coverage, that's without the MMO, on Today, Managing Editor Bill Murphy lays out why and what it means for the MMORPG coverage you've come to know and love. TLDR? It doesn't mean much. Read on!Posted Mar 3, 2014 by William Murphy

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

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