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Ron Fair
Ron Fair is a very passionate writer and scholar whose strong and sometimes unconventional opinions have stirred controversy -- though his arguments and logic are often stronger than one might suspect. He is very active on MMOsite as an Associate Writer for the blogs (LordYanLiang) and moderator on the forums.

Relevant Articles

Dragon's Prophet incinerates the MMO Market Dragon's Prophet incinerates the MMO Market
SOE is back at it again with an ambitious new project that is set to rock the late summer and early fall season. Developed by Runewaker Entertainment (the same people responsible for Runes of Magic), Dragon’s Prophet is a hardcore action MMO with a twist that is sure to excite.... >>more
Fri Jun 14 02:35:38 2013

Getting Work Done: Neverwinter's Professions and Gateway Getting Work Done: Neverwinter's Professions and Gateway
Now that Neverwinter has begun its long-awaited open beta, it's time to look the game's final main feature; highlighted during the fourth closed beta weekend, the game's profession system is another example of Cryptic Studios craftsmanship at its finest.... >>more
Wed May 08 02:14:43 2013

Neverwinter CB4 Unannounced Zones: The Chasm and Rothé Valley Neverwinter CB4 Unannounced Zones: The Chasm and Rothé Valley
Anyone reading MMOsite would have seen that shiny, sparkling press release announcing the surprise fourth closed beta weekend and the unveiling of Neverwinter's profession/crafting system.... >>more
Fri Apr 19 09:50:29 2013

Get Ready For PvP Domination in Neverwinter Beta Weekend 3 Get Ready For PvP Domination in Neverwinter Beta Weekend 3
At long last Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment are ready to unveil PvP to the world, and they're doing it this weekend.... >>more
Thu Mar 21 19:05:57 2013

What's New In Neverwinter - Beta Weekend 2 What's New In Neverwinter - Beta Weekend 2
The final Neverwinter beta weekend is closing in fast, and with each passing week Cryptic Studios has been upping its game. After a successful first beta weekend, the team at Cryptic has been taking a lot of notes and is coming back in style, slowly revealing more and more of what looks to be an incredibly promising game.... >>more
Tue Mar 19 20:00:40 2013

First Look: Neverwinter In-Depth Hands On Part 3 First Look: Neverwinter In-Depth Hands On Part 3
Fans everywhere have a reason to rejoice, and the strongest of orcs to the tiniest of halflings have a reason to step into a time machine and travel back to a time before fast-paced shooters and mindless action games.... >>more
Fri Mar 08 09:05:16 2013

First Look: Neverwinter In-Depth Hands On Part 2 First Look: Neverwinter In-Depth Hands On Part 2
Fans everywhere have a reason to rejoice, and the strongest of orcs to the tiniest of halflings have a reason to step into a time machine and travel back to a time before fast-paced shooters and mindless action games.... >>more
Mon Mar 04 01:46:49 2013

First Look: Neverwinter In-Depth Hands On Part 1 First Look: Neverwinter In-Depth Hands On Part 1
Fans everywhere have a reason to rejoice, and the strongest of orcs to the tiniest of halflings have a reason to step into a time machine and travel back to a time before fast-paced shooters and mindless action games.... >>more
Fri Mar 01 18:16:41 2013

An Exclusive Interview with the Assistant Producer of Scarlet Blade An Exclusive Interview with the Assistant Producer of Scarlet Blade
Aeria Games may have a big hit on their hands with their acquisition of Scarlet Blade, which has been getting all sorts of crazy buzz for its action, fast-paced PvP, and 11-volume sex appeal. Scarlet Blade is Aeria's most anticipated MMO for 2013, and if the early commentaries are player reactions are any indication, it deserves to be. I had an opportunity to discuss Scarlet Blade with Aeria Games...... >>more
Wed Feb 20 18:39:29 2013

[Exclusive] Ragnarok Online Interview [Exclusive] Ragnarok Online Interview
Ragnarok Online has been in operation for a very long time. And the game just launched the powerful second class evolution for the Ninja on February 5th. You may be interested in the interview with the producer, Jason Koerperich, talking about the classic server and the extended class.... >>more
Fri Feb 08 10:28:55 2013

An Interview With Star Trek Online Executive Producer Daniel Stahl An Interview With Star Trek Online Executive Producer Daniel Stahl
The three-year anniversary event for Star Trek Online is now live, and will remain available through Thursday, February 14th, 2013. It is great to see that it has already been nearly three years since Star Trek Online (STO) departed spacedock to seek out new life and new civilizations. MMOsite has a chance to interview Star Trek Online Executive Producer Daniel Stahl. He talks a lot during the interview...... >>more
Thu Jan 31 21:48:16 2013

Sevencore Open Beta Preview Sevencore Open Beta Preview
gPotato's latest online acquisition, Sevencore, is one of the latest MMORPG titles to make its way from Korea onto the worldwide stage. Having been in open beta since September in the US, Sevencore has seen a fairly successful pre-debut amongst gamers.... >>more
Wed Jan 23 01:40:55 2013

[Exclusive] Knight Age Interview [Exclusive] Knight Age Interview
As we know, Knight Age launched its official service last tuesday, so to celebrate this incredible launch we are going to give our gamers a closer look at this game and show them what to expect from this new game.... >>more
Mon Sep 10 18:00:00 2012

[Exclusive] AION (EU) Executive Product Director Interview [Exclusive] AION (EU) Executive Product Director Interview
We just talked to AION EU's Executive Product Director Volker about the change of the game after going to free-to-play.... >>more
Thu Apr 26 07:50:31 2012

EverQuest II Game Update 63: Skyshrine Hands-On EverQuest II Game Update 63: Skyshrine Hands-On
Once again the fine men and women at SOE have cranked out another major game update for their beloved classic MMORPG EverQuest II, and this one should be a dream for players everywhere. Enter GU: 63, also known as Skyshrine, which will be a major companion piece to EQ II's 7th game expansion, Destiny of Velious.... >>more
Wed Apr 25 06:39:03 2012

[Part 2]Review for C9 Global: Core Gameply + PvP by Ron Fair [Part 2]Review for C9 Global: Core Gameply + PvP by Ron Fair
Continent of the Ninth Seal Global, also known as C9 Global, is the latest South Korean blockbuster to reach international audiences after two years of runaway success in South East Asia. Here is the second part of C9 VIP test review by Ron Fair.... >>more
Mon Feb 27 04:47:41 2012

[Part 1]Review for C9 Global: Core Gameply + PvP by Ron Fair [Part 1]Review for C9 Global: Core Gameply + PvP by Ron Fair
Continent of the Ninth Seal Global, also known as C9 Global, is the latest South Korean blockbuster to reach international audiences after two years of runaway success in South East Asia.... >>more
Tue Feb 21 06:38:25 2012

Thom Terrazas and Adam Bell on EverQuest - Part 2 Thom Terrazas and Adam Bell on EverQuest - Part 2
Last month, Sony set a video game milestone by launching the 18th expansion to the grandfather of modern MMOs, EverQuest.... >>more
Fri Dec 23 00:24:00 2011

Thom Terrazas and Adam Bell on EverQuest - Part 1 Thom Terrazas and Adam Bell on EverQuest - Part 1
Last month, Sony set a video game milestone by launching the 18th expansion to the grandfather of modern MMOs, EverQuest.... >>more
Wed Dec 14 23:55:45 2011

MMOSite Interview for Rusty Hearts MMOSite Interview for Rusty Hearts
Rusty Hearts is a highly-stylized, hack n’ slash brawler combined with a solo or team-based dungeon exploration experience. Each of the unique characters have their own backstory, set of unique weapons, combo skills and masteries that help them raid dungeons together.... >>more
Fri Oct 21 17:30:30 2011

MMOSite Fallen Earth F2P Interview MMOSite Fallen Earth F2P Interview
The first 36 hours of the transition was really challenging but the game is running under its own steam again.... >>more
Tue Oct 18 04:38:52 2011

MMOsite Interview for Bright Shadow MMOsite Interview for Bright Shadow
There will not be any new features at this closed Beta, but players can get their hands on a super rare Alpaca Mount, once they have made 10 friends and reached level 10 in CB.... >>more
Sun Jul 10 22:50:53 2011

[Exclusive]Interview for Realms Online [Exclusive]Interview for Realms Online
Realms is actually a new North American version of a popular Latin American MMORPG, Regnum Online. What we've done is changed things around, added some new features, and localized it for North American players.... >>more
Tue May 03 22:01:15 2011

2010 Video Game of the Year Predictions 2010 Video Game of the Year Predictions
With 2010 coming to a close, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, as well as the many video game websites and magazines, will be naming their choices for Game of the Year for 2010. These are the predictions for the AIAS's choices, as well as a few freebies.... >>more
Tue Nov 30 22:13:22 2010

Come Join MMOsite’s 2010 Reader’s Choice, Win Awesome Real Prizes! Come Join MMOsite’s 2010 Reader’s Choice, Win Awesome Real Prizes!
MMOsite's 2010 Reader's Choice event kicked off almost two weeks ago, and it's already off to a fantastic start. Chances are that you've seen a link or an advertisement to the event on this site or some of your other favorite MMO gaming sites, but if you haven't checked out the event yet, now is the time to do it. MMOsite has hosted its Reader's Choice event for several years now, but this year's Reader...... >>more
Sun Nov 28 22:36:02 2010

Dream MMO - Part II Dream MMO - Part II
Back in August, the so-called 'MMO Misanthrope' (I thought I deserved that title personally, but what can you do?) crafted their dream MMO using four core ideals (amongst others) based on somewhat radical thinking. And if I may say so myself, the dream the MMO Misanthrope crafted is a very, very beautiful one...... >>more
Tue Nov 16 00:16:41 2010

Dream MMO - Part I Dream MMO - Part I
Back in August, the so-called 'MMO Misanthrope' (I thought I deserved that title personally, but what can you do?) crafted their dream MMO using four core ideals (amongst others) based on somewhat radical thinking. And if I may say so myself, the dream the MMO Misanthrope crafted is a very, very beautiful one...... >>more
Sat Nov 13 11:01:11 2010

Games and Movies Games and Movies
What is it about games and movies that just don't mix? Especially with video games becoming bigger and more interactive, one might think that they would make the perfect movie because they are almost movies themselves. Games like Uncharted 2: Among Thieves feature Hollywood-level production values, stunning graphics, and both stories and sequences that look like they belong on the big screen.... >>more
Mon Aug 16 07:25:29 2010

Keep Girlfriends Away From Your WoW Account! Keep Girlfriends Away From Your WoW Account!
After such a hard day at work, you know exactly what to do to unwind: go raid for eight hours straight until you can't keep your eyes open. Nothing can be better. So you open World of Warcraft and log in to Battle.net, and you pull up your favorite server. But your characters are gone. Or, maybe worse, your account is deleted...... >>more
Sat Aug 07 09:52:32 2010

Game Ratings Around the World Game Ratings Around the World
Not every country has an effective game ratings system. Australia and Taiwan are among countries that debate over the concept of rating games and how it should work. Game ratings are a necessary component to video games and MMOs. Do you agree?... >>more
Mon Aug 02 23:47:35 2010

Comic-Con 2010 Sum-Up: We Found the Comics! Comic-Con 2010 Sum-Up: We Found the Comics!
Comic-Con 2010 was another huge success. Bigger than the year before, it featured a lot of news, videos, and demos from a lot of great TV shows, movies, video games, and comics -- such as Halo: Reach, Psych, Red vs. Blue, The Avengers, The Green Lantern, and Street Fighter x Tekken.... >>more
Sat Jul 31 01:00:10 2010

Who Is The Greatest Video Game Character Of All Time Who Is The Greatest Video Game Character Of All Time
Once again, another ill-conceived contest put together by only a small collection of nerds and left open to the public under strange circumstances has attempted to answer a question that will invariably piss people off and ignite debate and even flame wars.... >>more
Thu Jul 29 19:37:58 2010

Otaku's Bad Habits that May Kill You - Part I Otaku's Bad Habits that May Kill You - Part I
Being an otaku is dangerous, for both otakus and ordinary people. Some of the dangers include smelling horribly, loving tentacles, and attending conventions -- all of which can cause serious injury or death to otakus and people around them.... >>more
Thu Jul 29 00:00:20 2010

The Funny NPC Names The Funny NPC Names
So, you're playing your favorite MMO or large-scale game and you run into NPCs with strange names that may or may not strike you as being weird, or perhaps out of place. Or, for example, you run into a seemingly incidental name that keeps on coming up over and over again.... >>more
Mon Jul 26 22:57:41 2010

[Comic-Con 2010] Things You Should NOT Miss from Day 1 [Comic-Con 2010] Things You Should NOT Miss from Day 1
The convention is four days long, starting on Thursday and ending on Sunday, but the Marriott Hall is going to be absolutely jumping! Previously the MMO appearance list was covered, but anybody going to Comic-Con just for MMO coverage will miss out on so much cool stuff that it would be a downright shame.... >>more
Wed Jul 21 21:58:33 2010

MMOs for the iPhone 4? MMOs for the iPhone 4?
The iPhone 4 has been awaited with baited breath by technophiles and geeks ever since its announcement -- or, perhaps, ever since Sprint-Nextel has given us a fourth generation network (AT&T can't be outdone like that, can they?). ... >>more
Wed Jul 21 00:37:38 2010

TOP 5 Best Villains in Final Fantasy Games TOP 5 Best Villains in Final Fantasy Games
The name 'Final Fantasy' is synonymous with JRPG, the old school RPG, and 'classic' to gamers everywhere. Many years ago only the nerdiest of gamers would have played Final Fantasy, and spoke of it in the same hushed reverie as art fans speak of Michelangelo, but today you have to have been living under a rock if you haven't played at least one Final Fantasy game.... >>more
Tue Jul 06 04:19:40 2010

Heroes of Three Kingdoms Closed Beta, Get a Key from MMOsite Heroes of Three Kingdoms Closed Beta, Get a Key from MMOsite
International fans and MMO players may know Heroes of Three Kingdoms as Red Cliff, a game previously only released in China. Three Kingdoms fans in North America have been anticipating this game for a very long time, and it seems that the wait is finally over.... >>more
Tue Jul 06 01:24:38 2010

What if WoW was F2P? What if WoW was F2P?
By now it has become rather common news that Lord of the Rings Online will be free to play, a stunning move by developer and publisher Turbine, Inc. just shortly after its three-year anniversary. One poser, in particular, has bubbled up as a point of conversation, even if for no other reason than to satisfy a popular hypothetical: what if World of Warcraft became F2P?... >>more
Fri Jun 25 10:00:52 2010

Comic-Con 2010: Where Are the Comics? Comic-Con 2010: Where Are the Comics?
This year's Comic-Con is expected to be another blockbuster, and chock-full of video games and MMOs. For those that missed E3, Comic-Con may prove to be a mini-E3, and give attendants a chance to get a taste of some big upcoming games and MMOs.... >>more
Wed Jun 23 03:01:44 2010

E3: The FINAL Confirmed Game List and Two Centerpieces E3: The FINAL Confirmed Game List and Two Centerpieces
Though the convention itself isn't set to start until Tuesday, press and announcements for 2010's E3 expo are slated to begin in just a few hours. Gamers all across Amerca and around the world are excited for the big smash-hit video game convention which has always been informative, shocking, and beloved – if you're one of those gamers, then let this be your first step into the festivities and news...... >>more
Sun Jun 13 00:48:08 2010

Sony to Take the Cake at This Year's E3? Sony to Take the Cake at This Year's E3?
Will Sony take the cake at this year's E3? They've dropped news for LittleBigPlanet 2, Killzone 3, and God of War: Ghost of Sparta all in this month alone -- and adding to the already large title of insane games to appear on the PlayStation 3 on top of the PlayStation Move and 3D, they just might do it.... >>more
Tue Jun 01 06:03:54 2010

Big News Already Underway for E3 2010 Big News Already Underway for E3 2010
Another giant E3 show is looking to kick off this year in Los Angeles. Already, several announcements have been made concerning focus on displays and debuts to be expected at this year's exposition with both some of the hottest MMO games and other video games in the works.... >>more
Mon May 31 00:32:11 2010