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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.

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

The War of Guilds and Stars

General -  Column

Loving our games passionately is a hallmark of MMO players. But the rhetoric aimed at games that haven't made our "personal A List" seems to have ratcheted up lately when it comes to Guild Was 2 and Star Wars: The Old Republic. In today's column, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Bill Murphy looks at the chasm that divides players into Guilds & Stars and wonders how it happened. Keep reading! Lend us your thoughts in the comments.Posted Sep 8, 2011 by William Murphy

Sex & Games & Rolling Dice

Star Wars: The Old Republic -  Column

Earlier this week, a video interview with one of Bioware's developers stirred up a veritable poop storm of controversy when it was suggested that Star Wars: The Old Republic would not feature same-sex relationships between players and compantions. In his latest column, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Bill Murphy offers his opinion on the issue. Read on and then weigh in with your (calm, cool & collected) thoughts in the comments.Posted Aug 25, 2011 by William Murphy

Overpromise & Under-Deliver

General -  Column

In his latest column, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Bill Murphy refers readers to a recent article that indicates that July console game sales were down significantly from last year. What does that have to do with MMOs? You'll have to read Bill's article to find out. Read on and then let us know what you think when you're finished.Posted Aug 18, 2011 by William Murphy

Expanding Our Reach

General -  Column

Yesterday we asked our readers what they thought about adding Diablo 3 to the MMORPG.com Games List. In a new column, Managing Editor Bill Murphy talks a bit about ways we're working hard at our site to make it a place for players to find information about all of the games they care about, whether it's a traditional MMORPG or an MMOFPS or an action-online RPG. Check out "Expanding Our Reach" and then let us know your thoughts.Posted Aug 12, 2011 by William Murphy

Should We Add Diablo 3?

General -  Column

The title pretty much says it all and MMORPG.com Managing Editor Bill Murphy really wants your input. Head through the jump to participate in the poll on whether or not we should add Diablo 3!Posted Aug 11, 2011 by William Murphy

The Shape of the Marvel Universe MMO

General -  Column

In this week's column, Managing Editor Bill Murphy takes a look at what we know so far about Marvel Comics' upcoming MMO, and questions whether or not gamers have anything to worry about.Posted Aug 5, 2011 by William Murphy

Is Story Necessary in MMORPGs?

General -  Editorial

In this week's column, Managing Editor Bill Murphy takes a look at the recent focus on story-telling in today's upcoming MMOs and whether or not that's a good thing for the industry as a whole.Posted Jul 21, 2011 by William Murphy

Can Planetside 2 Redeem SOE?

General -  Editorial

In this week's column, Managing Editor Bill Murphy takes a look at the recent unveiling of Planetside 2 and wonders aloud whether or not the MMOFPS will be enough to bring SOE back into the good graces of the hardcore MMO gamer. Posted Jul 14, 2011 by William Murphy

Neverwinter is Cryptic’s Last Chance

General -  Column

Many fans of the MMO genre have a love-hate relationship with Cryptic Studios. On the one hand, Cryptic was the original developer of City of Heroes. On the other, the studio blundered with the initial releases of both Champions Online and the much-ballyhooed Star Trek Online. In today's column, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Bill Murphy lays out the case for Neverwinter being Cryptic's last chance to "make good". See if you agree.Posted Jul 7, 2011 by William Murphy

MOBAs and MMORPG.com

General -  Column

One of the things that we are often asked here at MMORPG.com is why we cover this game or why we don't cover that game. As the genre of online MMOGs grows, so grows our coverage. In his latest column, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Bill Murphy examines the growing "MOBA" movement and how coverage of MOBAs actually fits within the scope of what we cover at the site. Check it out and then leave us a thought or two in the comments.Posted Jun 30, 2011 by William Murphy

The Hacking Plague

General -  Column

As the hacking saga continues into the summer of 2011, including the arrest of a potential suspect in the Sony hacking earlier this year, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Bill Murphy takes a look at the issue and the potential repercussions that will affect us all in ways we may not yet understand. See what Bill has to say and then let us know your thoughts on the hacking epidemic.Posted Jun 23, 2011 by William Murphy

The Shooterization of E3

General -  Column

In today's column, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Bill Murphy takes a look at a curious phenomenon from this year's E3: The proliferation of shooters, both third-person and first-person flavors. See what Bill's got to say about this year's trend and then weigh in with your thoughts in the comments.Posted Jun 16, 2011 by William Murphy

The Mid-Year Prognostication Report

General -  Column

As the exact mid-point of the year quickly approaches, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy takes a look back in time at his crystal ball swami-like predictions for 2011. Check out Bill's scorecard and then let us know what you think!Posted Jun 9, 2011 by William Murphy

The Weight of Our Worlds

General -  Column

There seems to be a new battle emerging in today's MMOs. In the inimitable words of MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy in today's column, the battle rages between "well-groomed but less innovative products" and "smaller companies pushing the envelope in the MMO world". See what Bill has to say about the issue and then leave us your thoughts.Posted Jun 2, 2011 by William Murphy

Brace for the Free Wave

General -  Column

As more and more games adopt free to play and/or hybrid revenue models, it becomes apparent that this is a trend that is not going away any time soon. In today's column, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy takes a look at the trend and what it means for the future of MMOs. Check it out and leave us a comment or two.Posted May 26, 2011 by William Murphy

Who Should Buy Cryptic?

General -  Column

This week Atari announced that it was looking to sell of Champions Online and Star Trek Online developers, Cryptic Studios. In his latest column for MMORPG.com, Lead Writer Bill Murphy wonders who should buy Cryptic. See if you agree with Bill's thoughts and then leave us a comment or two.Posted May 19, 2011 by William Murphy