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Bill Murphy

MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy gives us his thoughts and opinions on the happenings in and around the world of MMORPGs.

Bill's Games of 2013

Last week we took a look back at the year that was and listed our favorite games. This week we turn to the year ahead and the games that have us sitting on pins and needles in anticipation. Each staff member will have his (or her!) day but we always begin with Bill Murphy. See what's got Bill all of a dither and then leave your thoughts in the comments.

Bill's Best of 2012

2012 is nearly over and it's always fun to take a look back at the games that we spent lots of hours enjoying. We'll be spending this week talking about the games that we, the staff of MMORPG.com, caught our attention in the year that was. As ever, join the conversation in the comments. First up, Managing Editor Bill Murphy's list.

Review Forthcoming

Every game deserves a chance at an 'official' review, The War Z included. Even with its troubles of late, it's still a released game. We have a few thoughts to share about the upcoming review and want to get some of your input as well. Read on before leaving your thoughts in the comments.

Content Locusts Aren’t the Problem

There is an ongoing discussion about what it is that makes today's MMOs so short-lived: Content consumers or the over crowded market or...something else. In our newest column, we take a look at what the real problem might be. See if you agree and then leave your thoughts in the comments.

The Problem No One’s Talking About

The MMO market is arguable the most crowded it has ever been with each game clamoring for players' attention. But with the notion that the field is a crowded one, comes the revelation that there are two serious issues with MMOs today. In Bill's latest column, he examines those problems. See what he has to say and then leave your ideas in the comments.

Musing on Funcom

Yesterday's investors' report from Funcom contained some bad news for the company in that its highly touted The Secret World had not lived up to hope-for expectations. We take a look at that news and more in our latest editorial. Check it out!

Darksiders II - Zelda Meets Death

Occasionally, we like to touch base on big non-MMOs that we feel our readers would enjoy. Darksiders II from THQ and Vigil Games is one of those titles. Sequel to the vastly under-appreciated Darksiders, DS2 is looking like a masterpiece of the Action/Adventure RPG.

F2P: How Soon Is Too Soon?

With the announcement that Star Wars: The Old Republic would be going F2P, many people expressed surprise that it had come so soon. In a new column today, we look at that notion and tear it apart. Check it out!

Post-PAX East Thoughts

Now that we are almost two weeks past PAX East, it's time to wrap up our coverage with some thoughts about the things we both saw and heard during the annual convention. Keep reading and then leave us your thoughts in the comments.

What to Expect from PAX East 2012

We are in high gear as PAX East 2012 kicks off and we want to give you a heads up on what we're looking forward to checking out during the annual convention.

Hiding the Game - Immersion

One thing that many MMO players clamor for in ever-increasingly loud voice is IMMERSION. They want to feel a part of the game. In today's latest editorial, we take a look at ways we feel that our games could be made more immersive. Read on and see what you think. Share your thoughts in the comments!

Forget the Scores

Of all the things we do here at MMORPG.com, writing reviews is one of the most difficult for a plethora of reasons. We pour a lot of ourselves into our reviews and all of that hard work, all of the reasons we have for scoring things as we do often gets buried by the easy "skip to the number" mindset. We have a few thoughts to share on our reviews and why you should Forget the Scores. Check it out!

The Lost Sense of Journey

In his latest column, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Bill Murphy takes a look at the opposing ideas that we have both gained and lost parts of the journey within the MMOs we love to play. See what Bill's got to say and then let us know what you think in the comments.

Merry Christmas from MMORPG.com

This is just a quick little note to all our readers, wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Not everyone may celebrate the holiday, but the spirit of it all is a good thing to practice even so.

More Star Wars!

As if there haven't been enough articles about Star Wars: The Old Republic on the internet this week, we've decided to add one more to the fray. From the storylines, to the Bounty Hunter, and the Head Start access waves, we offer a few thoughts on each.