As you may have read today, our very own Bill Murphy and Suzie Ford are leaving MMORPG.com. An end of an era is certainly upon us as MMORPG.com takes its first steps into the future without the very people who have guided it so deftly for the last decade. Bill and Suzie made MMORPG a home for so many readers and writers alike, and it’s been an absolute honor to work with them since 2015.
For those who don’t know me, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Joseph Bradford and I will be stepping into the role as MMORPG’s Managing Editor. Since 2012, I’ve written about video games and the industry as a whole on multiple outlets, such as IGN, Playboy, and GamesRadar among others. Since getting my start writing about LOTRO for Middle-earth News earlier this decade, my career has been a whirlwind. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the best editors in our industry, make lifelong friends, and live out a dream I’ve had since I was a kid.
I’m humbled by the opportunity, as well as the trust placed in me by Ben, Craig, and especially Bill and Suzie themselves. Thankfully, I won’t be alone. Stepping into Suzie’s role will be Poorna Shankar (more commonly known as Shank), someone who I’ve worked with for years at previous outlets, writes a weekly editorial column at GameSpace, as well as co-host our podcast, Gaming the Industry, where we dissect the gaming industry more broadly. Shank is one of the most passionate people I’ve ever met about our industry and having had the pleasure to work with him in the past, I’m looking forward to getting to work with our vision to help grow MMORPG well into the next decade.
Additionally, I’m thrilled to announce that Chris Coke will be continuing his role as MMORPG’s Hardware Editor, a part of the site which has flourished under his leadership for years and will only continue to do so.
We believe our role as journalists is to inform and educate our readers on the most pressing topics that not only interest you the most, but also issues which directly affect consumers at large in our industry. Whether it’s a review of the latest and greatest multiplayer game or the hottest new hardware, our goal is to ensure we are doing our utmost to provide you, the reader, with all of the information you need to make a strong purchasing decision. Especially if that game allows you to power-level simply by hiding out in a forest, killing boars.
Ultimately, we’re here to serve you -- the consumer, the gamer, the reader. We challenge ourselves to provide you with the highest quality information, backed by fact and thoughtful analysis. We challenge you readers to think bigger, continually question what you see, and ultimately, become better informed. Additionally, we welcome the debate MMORPG readers so colorfully bring to the comments of every article we write, and continue to call us out when you feel we’ve not lived up to the standard to which you hold us. We hope you’ll agree.
In the words of the Mightiest Dwarf in all of Azeroth, “Alright you guys. This is it. Let’s roll out!”