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MMORPG Columns

Bill Murphy

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

MOBAs and MMORPG.com

One of the things that we are often asked here at MMORPG.com is why we cover this game or why we don't cover that game. As the genre of online MMOGs grows, so grows our coverage. In his latest column, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Bill Murphy examines the growing "MOBA" movement and how coverage of MOBAs actually fits within the scope of what we cover at the site. Check it out and then leave us a thought or two in the comments.


The Hacking Plague

As the hacking saga continues into the summer of 2011, including the arrest of a potential suspect in the Sony hacking earlier this year, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Bill Murphy takes a look at the issue and the potential repercussions that will affect us all in ways we may not yet understand. See what Bill has to say and then let us know your thoughts on the hacking epidemic.


The Shooterization of E3

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.


The Mid-Year Prognostication Report

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!


The Weight of Our Worlds

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.


Brace for the Free Wave

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.


Who Should Buy Cryptic?

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.


Cautious Optimism and The Old Republic

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!


A Tough Break for SOE

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!


A Steam Dream

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.


A Sub-Genre?

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.


The Problem with Old Games

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.


What’s Wrong With Entertainment?

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.


The Winds of Change

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.


My Review Manifesto

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!