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Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore

July 2014
Last Active
May 2020
Is The Lord of the Rings Online Too Expensive For New Players To Enjoy?

On my last article discussing Minas Morgul's story, the discussion in the forums turned to how The Lord of the Rings Online has monetized its content over the years. This got me thinking: Is the cost of entry to truly experience Middle-earth too steep for new players to overcome?

Magic: Legends Shows Off The Geomancer In Gameplay Video

Game Informer continued its cover story coverage of Perfect World's upcoming Action MMO/RPG, Magic: Legends. They previously took a look at the intellectual Mind Mage, while today they are looking at the Geomancer.

EVE Online Will Host "PLEX for GOOD" Campaign To Raise Funds For Australia Bushfires Victims

CCP Games announced via Twitter today that they will be hosting a PLEX For GOOD campaign to help those who are affected by the bushfires which are raging in Australia right now. While no additional details have been announced as to exactly how this will work, but the campaign comes after the EVE Online community called for the Icelandic to host the charity event.

Perfect World Releases First Magic Legends Gameplay Trailer

Perfect World announced officially Magic Legends last month during The Game Awards, but we really didn't get an idea of what the actual MMORPG would look like. Now we do thanks to a gameplay trailer via Game Informer.

Final Fantasy XIV's Story Helped To Define The MMO As One Of The Best

As the 2010s came to a close this week, Bradford and the staff look back at one of the more influential MMORPGs on the market to date: Final Fantasy XIV, and more specifically how its story helped to define its place in the MMO world after its rebirth years ago.

Ok, Minas Morgul Is Actually Really Sick

I've had an interesting love/hate relationship with the latest Lord of the Rings Online expansion. I'm really finding that the story telling in LotRO is feeling aged, and the constant fetch quests are grinding on me. However, the way the team has designed the titular settlement in the expansion has me excited to explore even more once again.

Pantheon Dev Team Looks Ahead To 2020 With New Producer's Letter

Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen has had a year. The highly anticipated MMO has been trucking along this year, with livestreams and blog updates to keep the user base who are looking forward to the game informed. Recently the team released a final Producer's Letter for 2019 looking back on the year as well as ahead to 2020.

Players' Choice Awards 2019 Winners

You saw our picks for the best games of 2019 last week, and almost 2000 of you voted in our Players' Choice Awards 2019 poll. Now it's time to unveil your picks in the Players' Choice Awards of 2019!

Celebration of Life Service For Brad McQuaid To Be Rebroadcast Today

For those who couldn't make it after the tragic news of Pantheon and EverQuest Developer Brad McQuaid's passing, the Celebration of Life will be rebroadcast tonight on Twitch.

MMORPG.com's Best of Awards 2019

As the new year approaches, it's time for us to look back on the games of the year and pick out the best (and worst) games we've played in 2019. The entire MMORPG.com staff was polled, and each game won via a majority vote in its favor. On to the picks!

Influential MMOS of the Decade: The Elder Scrolls Online

Released in 2014, few high profile MMOs have been as consistently good in recent years as ESO. While it didn't get off to the best of starts, since 2016 it has become one of the best MMOs on the market. Yet it's desire to also be reckoned as a single-player experience helped define it through the years.

Phantasy Star Online 2 CBT Sign Ups Live Now

For those eager to get their hands on Phantasy Star Online 2 when it hits the West later this Spring, you many not have much longer to wait. Announced today via Xbox Wire, you can sign up for the upcoming Closed Beta Test via the Xbox Insider App.

Final Fantasy XIV Has Over 18 Million Registered Players, Fan Festival Schedule Revealed

In the latest "Letter from the Producer LIVE" stream by the Final Fantasy XIV team, the developer announced a few interesting tidbits, namely the user count and the upcoming 2020-21 Fan Festival schedule. Additionally, some details of Patch 5.2 have been revealed as well.

MMORPG 2019 Player's Choice Awards!

It's that time of year again, and we are putting the question to you, our amazing readers: What was the best MMO of the year? What was the biggest disappointment in MMO or persistent world games in 2019? What was the most improved? You decide!

Final Fantasy XIV Launches Free Login Event Now Through January 14

If you've stopped playing Final Fantasy XIV for whatever reason but want to scratch that itch and see what you've been missing, Square Enix is giving you that chance. From now through January 14th, previous subscribers who have chosen to let their sub lapse can play FFXIV for five days during this month-long event.