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

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 MMORPG.com, 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

Forget the Scores

General -  Column

Of all the things we do here at MMORPG.com, writing reviews is one of the most difficult for a plethora of reasons. We pour a lot of ourselves into our reviews and all of that hard work, all of the reasons we have for scoring things as we do often gets buried by the easy "skip to the number" mindset. We have a few thoughts to share on our reviews and why you should Forget the Scores. Check it out!Posted Jan 13, 2012 by William Murphy

The Lost Sense of Journey

General -  Column

In his latest column, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Bill Murphy takes a look at the opposing ideas that we have both gained and lost parts of the journey within the MMOs we love to play. See what Bill's got to say and then let us know what you think in the comments.Posted Dec 26, 2011 by William Murphy

Merry Christmas from MMORPG.com

General -  Column

This is just a quick little note to all our readers, wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Not everyone may celebrate the holiday, but the spirit of it all is a good thing to practice even so.Posted Dec 23, 2011 by William Murphy

More Star Wars!

Star Wars: The Old Republic -  Column

As if there haven't been enough articles about Star Wars: The Old Republic on the internet this week, we've decided to add one more to the fray. From the storylines, to the Bounty Hunter, and the Head Start access waves, we offer a few thoughts on each.Posted Dec 16, 2011 by William Murphy

You Have My Thanks

General -  Column

Today is the day at we in the USA give thanks for all of the things we often take for granted. One thing is sure, we at MMORPG.com never take you, our readers, for granted. We just want to say thanks.Posted Nov 24, 2011 by William Murphy

So DC Universe is F2P

DC Universe Online -  Column

In his latest column, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Bill Murphy talks about his first foray into the free to play version of DC Universe Online. See if Bill found things improved and what he feels the game is going to need going forward. Leave us your impressions in the comments.Posted Nov 3, 2011 by William Murphy

Mists of Pandaria Reactions

World of Warcraft -  Column

In his latest column, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Bill Murphy wonders what's up with all the hate towards Mists of Pandaria, the recently announced fourth expansion to World of Warcraft.Posted Oct 27, 2011 by William Murphy

The Game Hopper: GLITCH

Glitch -  Column

In this new column at MMORPG.com, our goal is to take turns giving you glimpses at some of the games which just don’t get enough coverage. Many aren’t MMORPGs, but almost all are MMOs of one form or another. The simple truth is that a lot of games fly under the radar. With The Game Hopper, we plan to bring you a new game every week that you might not know much about. Check out Managing Editor Bill Murphy's look into GLITCH and then leave us your thoughts in the comments.Posted Oct 13, 2011 by William Murphy

The Lure of Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic -  Column

In today's column, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Bill Murphy, or Captain Obvious as we sometimes call him, writes about the ever-present elephant in the room, Star Wars: The Old Republic. He calls on those who already love the game and those who've predetermined their hatred to put all that aside until the game actually is released. Check out what else Bill has to say in his latest column. Then don your Teflon undies and weigh in on the discussion.Posted Oct 5, 2011 by William Murphy

SWTOR's Story Will Change Questing Forever

Star Wars: The Old Republic -  Column

Exclamation points and walls of text are the standard for quests in MMOs today. In his latest column, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Bill Murphy takes a look at innovative new quest features that Bioware is bringing to the table with Star Wars: The Old Republic. See why Bill thinks questing will change forever and then let us know what you think in the comments.Posted Sep 15, 2011 by William Murphy