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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.

The Shooterization of E3

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

Cautious Optimism and The Old Republic

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In his travels around the 'Net, Lead Writer Bill Murphy has noticed a trend among some to assign "love or hate" titles to the opinions expressed about a few games here at MMORPG.com. Particularly vocal are those who claim that MMORPG.com either loves or hates (depending on which side the writer's on) Rift and Star Wars: The Old Republic. In today's column, Bill takes on that notion and gives his take on The Old Republic and how some misconstrue cautious optimism as 'hate'. Check it out!Posted May 12, 2011 by William Murphy

A Tough Break for SOE

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Sony Online Entertainment has been in the news lately after a series of hacker attacks both on the Playstation Network and the Sony Station. In today's column, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy talks about SOE's difficulties and the wider implications for -all- game companies. Check it out!Posted May 5, 2011 by William Murphy

A Steam Dream

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No, not a steamY dream but rather A Steam Dream. In today's column, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy talks about the connected Steam community. Bill wonders when MMO players and developers will realize the need for "interconnectivity" is essential to gaming communities. Check out Bill's thoughts on the matter and then leave a thought or two in the comments.Posted Apr 28, 2011 by William Murphy

A Sub-Genre?

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In the MMO-universe, there is an ever-growing library of games that neither fit the traditional MMORPG genre, nor do they fit into the "normal" subscription-based game. In today's column, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy takes a look at today's MMOGs and ponders the expanding number of sub-genres. Let us know what you think in the comments.Posted Apr 21, 2011 by William Murphy

The Problem with Old Games

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The old adage says that you can never go back. This is doubly true with some of our favorite MMOs of yore. In today's column, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy takes on those who tell us to "go back and play the original" and why that's not a very good option. Check it out and then weigh in with your thoughts on the matter.Posted Apr 14, 2011 by William Murphy

What’s Wrong With Entertainment?

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In today's MMO world, there are two sub-genres whose fans are in constant battle with one another: Theme Park vs Sandbox. We've all seen the arguments raging back and forth. In today's column, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy tackles the issue of theme parks as entertainment and wonders why those who are waiting for THE sandbox title to emerge don't take advantage. See what you think and then lend your thoughts in the comments.Posted Apr 7, 2011 by William Murphy

The Winds of Change

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The world of MMO development is moving along and progressing whether we like it or not. New innovations are being shown off by developers and ambitious plans are in the works for upcoming titles. In today's column, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy talks about the winds of change in MMOs. Check out his thoughts and leave a couple of your own in the comments.Posted Mar 31, 2011 by William Murphy

My Review Manifesto

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Reviews are a mixed bag for many people. On the one hand, reviews give a lot of information about games of interest. On the other hand, reviews can create mobs armed with pitchforks should folks not agree with the written words. In today's column, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy lays out his review manifesto, his magnum opus on exactly how he comes up with those (in)famous numbers. That's right: He doesn't just pull them out of a hat! Read on and leave a comment or two when done!Posted Mar 24, 2011 by William Murphy

Down with Match-Made PvP

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A lot of discussion has been swirling around the larger MMO community for a long time now about the effect that the 'battleground' feature in many games has had on PvP. In today's column, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy talks about what he -really- wants: All out, full scale, no-holds barred open warfare. Check out Bill's PvP wish list and then let us know what you think in the comments.Posted Mar 17, 2011 by William Murphy

Finding Fun with Friends

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MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy is a fun guy and he likes to hang with friends in his favorite MMOs. Sometimes, however, that's not as easy as it might seem. Bill takes a look at finding friends in MMOs. He looks closely at Rift's open grouping and how simple it is to "find fun with friends". Check out Bill's thoughts and then let us know what you think.Posted Mar 10, 2011 by William Murphy

Game and Let Game

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Everyone on the planet has great passions about certain things and likes to spend time convincing others about the brilliance of their convictions. But there comes a time when there's just no convincing others to a hold similar viewpoint, a time to move on. In today's column, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy writes about the 'live and let live' mantra as it applies to gaming (and Walmart!). Check out Bill's thoughts and then offer a few of your own in the comments.Posted Mar 3, 2011 by William Murphy

Enough Hyperbole

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hy·per·bo·le–noun Rhetoric 1. obvious and intentional exaggeration. 2. an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.” If MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy says there's too much of it around, both for players and consumers, there simply and actually is just too much of it. See what Bill has to say in his non-hyperbolic way and then add your own thoughts as well.Posted Feb 24, 2011 by William Murphy

The Double-Edged Sword of More Players

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A common complaint that many have about MMOs is that there are just too many, well, asshats in the game and that the experience is tainted by their presence. In today's column, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy looks at growing game communities and the effect that larger numbers have on our beloved MMOs. Check it out!Posted Feb 17, 2011 by William Murphy

Are Cranky Players the Problem?

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Recently, the community manager of a well-known online franchise blasted game fans as "stifling the creativity of game developers" with their constant barrage of complaints. In this week's column, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy analyzes the charges leveled by the community manager and offers a few thoughts along the way. Check it out and then add your reactions to the mix in the comments below.Posted Feb 10, 2011 by William Murphy

The Bores of End-Game

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For some, the "end game" is one of the worst aspects of many MMO. For some, the bad comes in the form of excessive emphasis on grinding and equipment acquisition. In his column this week, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy talks about alts, end-game boredom and more. Check out Bill's thoughts and then let us know what you think about the end game in MMOs in the comments below.Posted Feb 3, 2011 by William Murphy