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Every week, MMORPG.com brings you a sometimes less than serious countdown related to the MMO genre.

Age of Empires Online Edition

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MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy takes a bit of a break from 'traditional' MMORPGs with The List this week. Bill checks out one of the most keenly anticipated MMORTS titles coming: Age of Empires Online. Read The List: The Age of Empires Online Edition and weigh in with a few thoughts of your own in the comments.Posted May 6, 2011 by William Murphy

Five Things Forsaken World Does Wrong

Forsaken World -  Column

After spending some time in the open beta in Forsaken World, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy has come some thoughts about potential flaws with the game. In The List today, Bill points out Five Things Forsaken World Does Wrong. See if you agree and then weigh in with your thoughts in the comments.Posted Apr 26, 2011 by William Murphy

Five Things Forsaken World Does Right

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After spending some time in the open beta in Forsaken World, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy has come to appreciate several things about the game. In The List today, Bill points out Five Things Forsaken World Does Right. See if you agree and then weigh in with your thoughts in the comments.Posted Apr 19, 2011 by William Murphy

Five Ways MMOs Could Be Better

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Last week, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy focused The List on ways that MMOs could be much, much worse. This week, Bill flips the coin and takes a look at Five Ways MMOs Could Be Better. Check out The List and then leave your List in the comments.Posted Apr 12, 2011 by William Murphy

Five Ways MMOs Could Be Worse

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Most of us like to spend time ripping and tearing at MMOs that may not be our proverbial 'cup of tea'. But in The List today, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy opines that the MMOs we play could actually be MUCH worse. Check out Bill's thoughts about ways in which MMOs could be worse and then add a few of your own in the comments.Posted Apr 5, 2011 by William Murphy

5 Things Rift Does Wrong

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Rift has been in commercial release for nearly a month and we will be launching our official review very soon. In the meantime, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy has detailed 5 Things Rift Does Right in last week's The List. This week, Bill takes a look at the flip side,discussing five things that could use some work. Check out today's version of The List and then leave a comment or two when you're through.Posted Mar 29, 2011 by William Murphy

Five Things Rift Did Right

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Rift has been in commercial release for nearly a month and we will be launching our official review very soon. In the meantime, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy will be spending the next two editions of The List discussing both those things that Trion Worlds did right with Rift and those things that could use some work. Check out today's version of The List and then leave a comment or two when you're through.Posted Mar 22, 2011 by William Murphy

The Best of PAX East 2011

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After attending last week's PAX East convention, the MMORPG.com team has compiled each member's 'best in show' for The List today. Check out what Jon Wood, Garrett Fuller and Bill Murphy thought were the very best things seen at PAX East 2011.Posted Mar 17, 2011 by William Murphy

Top Draws of PAX East 2011

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PAX East is the first major convention on the East coast with many developers of this year's highly anticipated MMOs making an appearance. In The List today, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy talks about the games high on the staff's list of 'must visits' and what they expect (hope?) to find out. Read on!Posted Mar 11, 2011 by William Murphy

Five Facts About Launch Day

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Trion devs are pleased to announce the birth of its long awaited MMO, Rift. To celebrate the epic launch of one of the year's most keenly anticipated games, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy reveals some of the truths about MMOs in general, and MMOs on launch day in particular. Check it out and then add to The List in the comments below.Posted Mar 1, 2011 by William Murphy

Top Player Mistakes

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The List a week or two ago featured a look at the Top Developer Mistakes when making games. That column generated a lot of buzz around here at MMORPG.com. But devs aren't the only culpable parties when it comes to making mistakes. Players make mistakes too. In The List today, Lead Writer Bill Murphy takes a look at common player mistakes. Check it out and see if you agree or not.Posted Feb 22, 2011 by William Murphy

Top Developer Falls from Grace

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In many ways, the MMORPG development world is filled with 'superstars', those folks who have shown awesome creativity when making the games we love to play. But just as golden as their touch may be, it can turn to the touch of doom with a poorly executed game. In The List this week, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy takes a look at some of the fallen stars of the MMO development world. Check it out!Posted Feb 16, 2011 by William Murphy

Top Developer Mistakes

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Players and fans of MMORPGs come up with terrific and wide-ranging ideas for developers on what has worked and what hasn't in their minds. They offer devs thoughts on how they have strayed off the path. In The List this week, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy takes a look at some of the common mistakes that developers make and offers thoughts about how things could be improved. We definitely want your feedback as well so be sure to leave a comment or two after you're through reading.Posted Feb 8, 2011 by William Murphy

Top Crafting Systems

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Crafting is a make it or break it proposition for many MMO players. A good crafting system can keep a player involved for years. A bad one can chase them out very quickly. In The List this week, MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy takes a look at several MMOs that he thinks set the standard for all that's right in crafting. Check it out and then weigh in with your thoughts in the comments below.Posted Feb 2, 2011 by William Murphy

Five Underappreciated MMOs

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In The List this week, MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy gives a nod to five MMOs that he feels are truly underappreciated by most of the fans of the genre. He's got a few thoughts about what makes these games so special and why you may want to try them out. Check out The List and then add any games you think are underappreciated in the comments below.Posted Jan 18, 2011 by William Murphy

Launch Day Rituals

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The List by Bill Murphy this week deals with the launch day rituals that we all employ on the day of a game's launch. These rituals and the sometime attendant difficulties that they engender are being keenly pondered by Bill on the eve of the official retail launch of DC Universe Online. Check out Bill's "new game" rituals and then tell us about yours in the comments below.Posted Jan 10, 2011 by William Murphy

The Worst MMORPG Launches

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The launch of an MMO is arguably one of the most important facets in a game's long term success or failure as most players will not hang around a buggy game. In The List this week, MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy takes a look at the five worst MMO launches thus far in the history of MMOs. Check it out and add any you think are missing in the comments below.Posted Jan 4, 2011 by William Murphy

The Best & Worst of 2010

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The List this week takes a bit of a different tack than normal in that MMORPG.com columnist Bill Murphy takes a retrospective look at 2010 and highlights the best and the worst MMO events that captured our attention. Check it out and add any thoughts you might have to add to The List.Posted Dec 28, 2010 by William Murphy

Six Earnest MMO Holiday Wishes

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The List this week is a combined effort between Managing Editor Jon Wood and MMORPG.com columnist Bill Murphy. They've come up with six wishes for the MMO universe and things they'd like to see change, added or just wish for it because they can. Check out their Six Earnest MMO Holiday Wishes list and then add a few of your own in the comments below.Posted Dec 24, 2010 by William Murphy

Why the Subscription is Here to Stay

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In The List this week, Bill Murphy takes a look at the monthly MMO Subscription; and why he thinks it's here to stay. Give it a read and let us know what you think in the forums.Posted Dec 18, 2010 by William Murphy