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

What I Want from ESO’s Next Chapter

Elder Scrolls Online - Columns

Well, thanks to some enthusiastic data miners, the cat (literally) is out of the bag and next week’s big Elder Scrolls Online reveal is going to be an expansion set in Elsweyr, the home of the Khajiit. As evidenced by a package I received this week from none other than Abnur Tharn, it seems the Imperial mage may have some ideas on how to end the Three Banners War and bring about peace to Tamriel... but I’m betting it won’t be that simple.Posted Jan 11, 2019 by William Murphy

Bill’s Favorite Games of 2018

General - Columns

Looking back at 2018, I can’t say if I have just one favorite game. I’ve played more great games this year than I can count, but there are some that stand out for sure. From MMOs to Single Player, my backlog of games to finish keeps growing, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. But if I had to pick just a handful of games as my favorites from 2018, this would be the list.Posted Dec 28, 2018 by William Murphy

My Wants for Fallout 76

Fallout 76 - Columns

The launch of Fallout 76 has been... well let’s just say that I doubt it went the way Bethesda was hoping. But as a fan of two MMOs that have really turned things around through communication and perseverance (FFXIV and ESO), I’m hopeful that 2019 could bring good things to Fallout 76. It’s not a quick road back to the good graces of angry gamers, but the following is a list of things that I’d like to see from the dev team in the new year. Posted Dec 26, 2018 by William Murphy

A Nuclear Reminder: Beta Should Be For Testing

General - Columns

When I look at this year’s game snafus, most recently the growing pains that Fallout 76 is experiencing, I’m reminded of a simpler time when online games were young and the lure of using playtests as marketing tools was nearly non-existent. There was a time, as many of you probably remember when a beta test was actually a test and not a way to drive sales or generate hype for a game through the use of influencers. Posted Nov 30, 2018 by William Murphy

Happy Thanksgiving from us to you!

General - Columns

It's been a long year, and when the world is looking bleak, confusing, or downright mean - it's nice to know that we have this hobby to fall back on, to escape into. And we're thrilled that we get to share that with you.Posted Nov 22, 2018 by William Murphy

Fallout 76 May Be the Sandbox MMO We've Been Waiting For

Fallout 76 - Editorials

Yes, it's true - Fallout 76 limits players-per-world to 24. And to some, that's going to disqualify it from MMO status off the bat. I get why, I just hope MMO fans don't write off the game because of this number. Because at its core, it's the best new online RPG experience I've had in ages. Posted Nov 5, 2018 by William Murphy

ArenaNet and the Wisdom of Not Doing Anything

Guild Wars 2 - Editorials

ArenaNet should be having a good time. The latest update to the Path of Fire expansion came out, it was universally acclaimed by media and players. They’ve scored a win, and regained momentum. But then… well, then an employee spoke out on Twitter. And then the President made an example of her, and another employee. And now ArenaNet is in the middle of a PR blunder of its own creation.Posted Jul 10, 2018 by William Murphy

Trove is the Most Original MMO Right Now

General - Columns

Often in the MMO world, we get a little tired of seeing the same game released by different companies and called something new. There are gems that try to break the mold, but few really just go for it. Perhaps it’s the general freedom afforded by the IP and visual stylings, but the bravest MMO on the market right now is none other than Trion Worlds’ Trove.Posted Feb 20, 2018 by William Murphy

Can A:IR and Bless Revitalize the AAA MMORPG?

General - Editorials

It seems like a long shot, since traditionally Eastern MMORPGs are played but niche here in the states. But I think there’s good reason to believe that on the heels of successful games like Black Desert Online, Ascent: Infinite Realm and Bless Online could make publishers think twice about investing in AAA MMORPGs. Of course, this is purely me spitballing on a slow news Friday, so let’s play shall we?Posted Feb 9, 2018 by William Murphy

Merry Christmas from!

General - Columns

We're going dark for the weekend as we dive into the Egg Nog, good food, games, and friends and family. This is us, wishing you a Merry Christmas. We'll see you on Tuesday the 26th!Posted Dec 22, 2017 by William Murphy

Will A:IR Reignite AAA MMORPG Development?

General - Columns

A:IR, or Ascend: Infinite Realm, was just fully revealed ahead of G-STAR 2017. Being made by Bluehole Studio (TERA) and brought west by Kakao Games (Black Desert), it looks to have everything an MMORPG fan desires. RVR combat, complex crafting, housing, customizable airships, pets, deep classes, a massive world, player-made quests, and so forth. Could it be that the first big AAA MMORPG to hit the West in years will come out of South Korea? Posted Nov 9, 2017 by William Murphy

What's Your Most Wanted Game in 2017?

General - Columns

It's been an insane year for non-MMO releases. There have been more "Game of the Year" candidates in the first 8 months than any year I can remember. But it's been decidedly slower in the MMO and "almost" MMO world. We've had some bright spots, but the bulk of what I'm personally waiting for is coming in the next three months. So let's hear it... what games are on your must play list for the remainder of 2017?Posted Aug 25, 2017 by William Murphy

Crusaders of Light – Is this Mobile MMORPG worth a look?

General - Editorials

In the short hand? Yes, I’d say NetEase’s Crusaders of Light is worth your time, now that it’s out today on iOS and on July 20th on Android. Like Order and Chaos (1 and 2), CoL aims to replicate what theme park MMORPG players love about their PC favorites, with the ease of access and portability of mobile gaming. But, as we well know, sometimes games meant for hundreds of hours on a PC don’t translate well to smartphone or tablet.Posted Jul 13, 2017 by William Murphy

Like It or Not, Destiny 2 is Good for the MMO Genre

Destiny 2 - Columns

Destiny 2 is coming to PC. Praise be to RNGeezus, it’s true. While the “Persistent Online Shooter” does everything it can to avoid the term MMO, truth is they’ve invited us (a site mainly focused on MMOs) out to their studio on several occasions. Acronym or not, even Bungie realizes the game’s draw for fans of the genre. With the sequel now officially launching on the PC September 8th, Destiny 2 has become the bright spot on the MMO gamer’s horizon.Posted Mar 31, 2017 by William Murphy

The Statesman in MXM is a Disservice to City of Heroes Fans

General - Editorials

I’m sure it came with noble intentions. NCSOFT knows how much hurt is still felt by the too-soon closure of Cryptic/Paragon’s City of Heroes. So when they saw a chance to bring a beloved character from that IP into their upcoming all-star MOBA, they probably leapt at the idea. “We can make those fans happy!” they said. “We can make this game appealing in the West at the same time!” they exclaimed. But that’s not quite how it’s being seen by the community.Posted Mar 22, 2017 by William Murphy

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue – Long on Title, Short on Game

General - Columns

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue carries on the long tradition of exceptionally ludicrous titles for Square Enix RPGs. It also happens to be more than one game, and a movie, packed into a $60 download for the PS4. It’s essentially a lead-in to the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts 3, and while there’s fun to be had here, it’s probably best for the die-hard Kingdom Hearts fans. Posted Jan 24, 2017 by William Murphy

Why Skyforge is Now a Great Casual MMO

Skyforge - Columns

I’ve been dabbling in Skyforge lately, due to the overwhelming amount of changes we’ve seen made to the game in recent months. Curiosity got the best me, and I’m glad I made the return. While the recent overhaul to the campaign and removal of the Atlas have made waves of positive and negative in the community, the Skyforge I find today is a game that’s altogether more palatable and less confusing than before.Posted Dec 23, 2016 by William Murphy

RIFT: Starfall Prophecy Review

General - Columns

Rift’s latest expansion, Starfall Prophecy, launched just a few weeks ago. In that time, we’ve tried several souls, leveled through the four new zones, and experienced a lot of what the largest content update since Nightmare Tide has to offer. What did we think? Read on for our final review.Posted Dec 7, 2016 by William Murphy

4 Surprisingly Awesome Things about Watch Dogs 2 on PC

General - Columns

Watch Dogs 2 is out today on PC, though it’s been out for a couple of weeks on consoles. While critics and players alike are lauding it as a far better game than its forbear, we thought we’d spend a little time today talking about the game’s multiplayer – a seamless online experience that an MMO gamer might find enticing.Posted Nov 29, 2016 by William Murphy

Impressions of a Tale Ten Years in the Making

Final Fantasy XV - Editorials

Final Fantasy XV development originally began in 2006, under the name Final Fantasy XIII Versus. It was going to be a side-entry in the series, not a main installment because its tone was going to be a darker one than the main series allowed. Development was troubled though, and eventually the game shifted to the PS4 and Xbox One and became a full-on entry in the Final Fantasy main series. After all the waiting, is the tale of Noctis and Lunafreya a worthy entry to the Final Fantasy canon?Posted Nov 28, 2016 by William Murphy

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