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

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

Top 5 Ugly MMO Races

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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

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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