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

Top 5 Ugly MMO Races

General -  Column

The List this week features a look at some of the ugliest races ever to grace the hallowed pixels of our favorite MMOs. Bill Murphy has pulled some mirror-breaking folk from expected, and maybe a few unexpected, places. Check out his list and then add some uglies in our comments section below.Posted Dec 8, 2010 by William Murphy

Top Five MMO Thanks

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In The List this week, MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy tears a page from the 'better late than never' playbook and discusses the top five MMO things for which he is thankful. He runs the gamut from investors to players to in-game travel options. Check it out and then leave your thoughts in the comments below.Posted Nov 30, 2010 by William Murphy

Top 5 Villain DCUO Villain Mentors

DC Universe Online -  Column

In The List last week, MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy revealed his top five choices for hero mentors in DC Universe Online. This week, Bill flips the coin and discusses his Top 5 Villain Mentors. Included in Bill's list are Black Adam and the Riddler. See if you agree with Bill's list of the uber villains and then add your choices on our forums.Posted Nov 15, 2010 by William Murphy

Top DC Universe Hero Mentors

DC Universe Online -  Column

In The List this week, MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy points out the top DC Universe Online mentors. Mentors are characters that will interact with characters as they level and that will play an integral part in the story. There will be three mentor characters for good and three for evil included in the game. Bill has a few ideas about other DC heroes/villains that would be terrific mentors. See if you agree with Bill's choices or if you have other ideas. Let us know!Posted Nov 9, 2010 by William Murphy

The Best Uses for a Cash Shop

General -  Column

The mere mention of 'cash shop' in today's MMOs elicits strong reactions from many people. The old 'pay to play' statement usually comes out fast and furious. In Bill Murphy's The List column today, he takes a look at the best things found in item shops. See if you agree with Bill's thoughts and then add yours to the forums.Posted Nov 2, 2010 by William Murphy

Five Thoughts on Tribes Universe

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The List this week features a few thoughts from MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy about the recent announcement of Tribes Universe. In case you missed it, the Tribes IP has been purchased by Hi-Rez Studios, developers of Global Agenda. See what Bill thinks about the announcement of Tribes Universe and then add a few of your own on our forums.Posted Oct 26, 2010 by William Murphy

Seven Reasons Cataclysm Could Suck

World of Warcraft -  Column

In today's The List column, MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy shares with us seven (tongue planted firmly in cheek) reasons that Cataclysm, the third expansion to Blizzard's massive World of Warcraft, could actually suck.Posted Oct 20, 2010 by William Murphy

Five Memorable MMO Baddies

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In today's The List column, MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy takes a fond look back at some of his favorite MMO bad guys. From EVE's Goonswarm to Everquest 2's Curt Schilling, these are the baddies we love to hate. Check out The List and then add a few of your own on our forums.Posted Oct 12, 2010 by William Murphy

Top 5 Easter Eggs

World of Warcraft -  Column

The List today features a look back at some of the Easter eggs that Blizzard has slipped into World of Warcraft, daring intrepid gamers to find them if they can. MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy brings some of his favorites back into the light and challenges readers to add to The List.Posted Oct 5, 2010 by William Murphy

Top 5 MMO Learning Curves

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The List this week focuses on our favorite MMOs and the learning curves employed. How long it takes a player to pick up and play a game largely determines how long their tenure will be. Find out which games MMORPG.com's Bill Muphy thinks make it tough on the newest players and then add your thoughts on the forums!Posted Sep 28, 2010 by William Murphy

Who's Next for F2P?

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MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy has a few ideas for the games he believes might go free to play in The List this week. Some of the games may surprise you to find on The List, others not so much. Either way, the trend for so-called premium games going free to play is now established with DDO, LOTRO, EQ II and PotBS all going that route in the last several months. See if you agree with Bill's assessment of which games might (or should) go free to play. Let us know what you think!Posted Sep 21, 2010 by William Murphy

Shortest Lived MMOs: Revisited

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Over a year ago, I wrote one of the first ever MMORPG.com lists on the subject of the shortest lived MMOs. In it, we covered the top four titles with the shortest time between release and cancellation. Normally, we don’t resurrect articles but after today’s events, there is a fifth to not only add to the list, but to add to the top of that list: APB.Posted Sep 16, 2010 by Jon Wood

4 Thoughts On GameCrush.com

General -  Column

Yesterday, MMORPG.com featured an exclusive look at the online 'play date' site called GameCrush.com. In today's The List column, Bill Murphy takes a look at the premise behind GameCrush.com. He wonders at who would use it, the folks who offer themselves for 'play dates' and even whether or not he should sign up his betrothed. Check it out!Posted Sep 14, 2010 by William Murphy

The Five Types of People at PAX

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MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy spent time at PAX last week and has a new The List column for our readers today. This time, Bill takes a look at the five types of people who haunted the halls of PAX. Everyone from the Celebrity Hound to The Swag Rat falls under Bill's microscope. Check it out!Posted Sep 10, 2010 by William Murphy

Five Things PAX Should Show Us

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As the MMORPG.com team readies itself to head off to PAX, columnist Bill Murphy has a few ideas about what we all should learn from our favorite game developers during the conference. See if you agree with Bill and add any other thoughts you might have on our forums!Posted Aug 31, 2010 by William Murphy

Four Immediate Thoughts on Cryptic’s Neverwinter

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In this week's The List column, Bill Murphy offers four immediate thoughts about yesterday's announcement that Cryptic Studios is developing Neverwinter, an online cooperative RPG. Bill runs the gamut of emotion in his list. See if you agree and then add some of your own thoughts!Posted Aug 24, 2010 by William Murphy

What Went Wrong With APB

APB: Reloaded -  Column

Bill Murphy's The List column this week takes a look at some possible reasons behind the sad news that Realtime Worlds is nearing bankruptcy. While APB seemed to be a promising cops and robbers MMO, the game seemed fraught with difficult issues that may have hastened Realtime Worlds' insolvency. Bill looks at APB's problems from a player perspective so see what you think and add your thoughts to What Went Wrong With APB.Posted Aug 18, 2010 by William Murphy

Some New MMO Settings

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The List this week takes a look at MMO settings that are underused, poorly developed, or utterly non-existent in today's market. MMORPG.com writer Bill Murphy spends time with five different settings that he feels would bring a breath of fresh air to the MMO industry. See if you agree or if you have additions to Bill's list.Posted Aug 9, 2010 by William Murphy

Five Games We Want to Know More About

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MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy is at it again with this week's The List column. This time, Bill talks about five games he feels we all want to know more about. Did your favorite game make the cut? Find out by reading The List.Posted Aug 3, 2010 by William Murphy

Why You Should Embrace the F2P Movement

General -  Column

Today's The List column is a provocative look at the free to play movement in games these days. MMORPG.com writer Bill Murphy has four reasons why you need to embrace the F2P movement. See if you agree or disagree.Posted Jul 29, 2010 by William Murphy