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

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

Thanks from Bill

General - Columns

While we don't have any news going up today, we do have some articles for you today, namely - our thanks given to you and for gaming. Read on for Bill Murphy's thanks.Posted Nov 24, 2016 by William Murphy

Does Blizzard Have a Secret Diablo?

Diablo 3 - Columns

People were expecting something huge from Diablo at BlizzCon 2016. And while we got news of the Necromancer (it’s awesome), and a Diablo 1 anniversary event (also awesome) we wanted more. We expected more. And it’s that lack of a bigger expansion or sequel to Diablo 3 that makes us believe there’s something bigger coming from Tristram. Posted Nov 7, 2016 by William Murphy

Vuzix iWear Video Headphones: A Portable Movie Theatre In Your Face

General - Previews

When Vuzix’s PR firm asked me to look at the iWear Video Headphones and write a review, I jumped at the chance. I’m not an early adopter of VR (no Vive or Oculus for me), but the technology fascinates me, and I was not disappointed by the iWear’s capabilities. That said, there are several limitations to the headset that keep me from recommending it to everyone.Posted Nov 3, 2016 by William Murphy

Predictions for Blizzcon 2016

General - Columns

Next week, we’ll be attending BlizzCon 2016, the 10th such affair in the company’s long and storied existence. Last year’s convention was pretty intense, with Legion info, Overwatch, Warcraft movie goodness… it’s hard to imagine that 2016 could somehow top last year. But it’s the TENTH BlizzCon. We’d be fools to think that the Irvine, California based studio didn’t have some sort of surprise up its sleeve. Posted Oct 27, 2016 by William Murphy

Good Gaming – A One-Stop Destination for Amateur eSports Worldwide

General - Previews

Recently, a group known as Good Gaming has been making waves in esports by providing a place for amateur gamers to compete in and earn money from tournaments in games such as Overwatch, Hearthstone, and more. We caught up with GG’s Vik Grover to talk about the platform and what role they hope to play in an emerging western market.Posted Aug 26, 2016 by William Murphy

The Legion Pre-Patch and My Return to Azeroth

World of Warcraft - Previews

Bill Murphy didn’t expect to find himself back in World of Warcraft, but on a whim he decided to re-subscribe and see what the upcoming pre-expansion patch is all about. In the week leading into the Pre-Patch (which launches today after maintenance), Bill finds himself reveling in old haunts, the victim of both nostalgia and hype for a major new update.Posted Jul 20, 2016 by William Murphy

The Social Beauty of Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go - Columns

Like so many of you, we’ve been playing Pokémon Go a lot since it launched this week. And we’ve noticed something pretty amazing happening around the game… it’s got millions people playing together, in real life, as strangers. Pokémon Go has essentially become the world’s biggest MMO in a matter of days.Posted Jul 9, 2016 by William Murphy

So Close, But Not Quite - The New Site Re-Launches July 25th

General - Columns

After hours and hours of prepping, tweaking, massaging content - we launched the new MMORPG.com site around midnight EST last night. The site functionality itself was ready, if needing a bit of polish. What wasn't ready? The code base and the infrastructure. For now, we're back to the old site, but not for long!Posted Jun 22, 2016 by William Murphy

The New MMORPG.com Arrives Next Week

General - Editorials

The time has finally come. Our brand new site design is almost ready to go live. This coming Tuesday, June 21st, MMORPG.com will be down for maintenance for an estimated 24 hours as we bring over the new site and migrate all the data from the old one. Read on for what it all means for you, our loyal readers.Posted Jun 17, 2016 by William Murphy

Restream Chat: A Godsend for Streamers

General - Editorials

Streaming isn’t for everyone. Some people love to watch, some love to actually be the streamer, and others couldn’t care less about the idea of people watching other people game. But for those who do actually cast, there’s a lot of logistics behind being a good participatory streamer. And there’s a set of tools I’ve been using for months now that makes being an interactive caster an easy task: Restream and Restream Chat.Posted Jun 8, 2016 by William Murphy

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