Battle: Finding the Best Hotels for Kids in Las Vegas
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 December 2013, 4:29 pm
Las Vegas is well known throughout the world because of the entertainment factors available here. It has remained successful in attracting travellers all over the world. If you are planning for a family trip to Las Vegas it can be a battle especially for your kids then you need to check out the list of […]

Prince of Persia series
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 December 2013, 3:33 pm
Like many others, I was a big fan of Ubisoft’s original ‘reboot’ of the Prince of Persia series, released in 2003 and subtitled The Sands of Time. The game did an excellent job of capturing the elements of the devilishly difficult original that made it enjoyable, transposing them into a highly enjoyable 3D world. Unfortunately, […]

Out With a Wave and Bow
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 January 2009, 11:52 pm
Anyone who follows this blog regularly will definitely have noticed a decline in both the number and quality of posts over the last few months (I’ve even gotten a few complaints about it). Considering that just six months ago I was still doing a post every day and writing a regular article for Massively, my [...]

Shanghai Moves to Regulate Banning in Online Games
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 December 2008, 9:41 pm
Via PlayNoEvil, Shanghai appears to be laying down rules about what companies can ban players for and how they should go about it: Regulators from the Shanghai Information Services Association in China are moving to standardize notifications and evidence when players are banned from online games. This includes notifications for when accounts are suspended (frozen) and when [...]

Workplace Discrimination Against WoW Players
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 December 2008, 10:49 pm
I just saw Darren’s post pointing out this f13 thread where an online media recruiter was specifically instructed not to hire WoW players. I met with a recruiter recently (online media industry) and in conversation I happened to mention I’d spent way too much time in the early 2000s playing online games, which I described as [...]

Runescape: Kind of a Big Deal
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 December 2008, 12:22 am
I knew that Runescape was popular with the kids, but not so popular that it would come in at #5 in Yahoo’s top ten searches of 2008. That’s two spaces higher than last year. It’s going places. For reference, here are the searches it managed to beat out: 6. Jessica Alba 7. Naruto 8. Lindsay Lohan 9. Angelina Jolie 10. [...]

Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 November 2008, 5:23 pm
I read about Jason Rohrer’s game Passage in the latest issue of Esquire and headed over to his site to check it out. The premise is like lots of other arcade games: move around the map and collect as much treasure as you can in five minutes. However, Passage is actually a metaphor for life [...]

Understand Your Customer
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 November 2008, 8:43 pm
The recent announcement that Tabula Rasa is shutting down has me thinking about the success rates of mainstream MMOGs. Why do certain MMOGs fail where others succeed? I don’t think it’s as simple as “the market is saturated” or “no one can compete against WoW.” If anything, those statements just show a lack of imagination [...]

Fallout 3 Bringing User-Generated Content via G.E.C.K.
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 November 2008, 11:35 am
Well, it looks like I’m going to have to buy the PC version of Fallout 3 now. They just announced the upcoming release of their world-builder tools (amusingly called the “G.E.C.K.”, which any Fallout fan will recognize), along with three pieces of downloadable content that will be rolled out as 2009 progresses. While the game [...]

By the Hand of Fate…
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 November 2008, 3:02 pm
I just tried to log into World of Warcraft for the first time in weeks only to be greeted with the “account frozen” message. They suggested that I should go add some more time to continue playing. I guess that the old credit card I had on my account expired and I haven’t updated it [...]

Fallout 3
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 November 2008, 10:29 pm
I’ve been meaning to write about Fallout 3 since I started playing it on Tuesday (the Xbox 360 version). I haven’t done so yet because I’ve spent every single spare moment I’ve had playing Fallout 3. I saw that Darren had a post up about it a few days ago, and when a reader actually [...]

Hellgate: London Closes for Good
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 October 2008, 12:14 pm
I had pretty much written the game off anyway after Flagship’s July announcements, but the news came out today that Hellgate: London will finally be shutting down and closing its doors entirely at the end of January. As I mentioned in July, the only reason I even care is that I ponied up the $200 [...]

When in Doubt, Look Around for Some Inspiration
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 October 2008, 3:11 am
I find myself rather unexcited about Wrath of the Lich King. I’ll buy it eventually. I’ll play it. Whenever my WoW addiction fires back up I’m sure I’ll be writing about all the cool stuff that everyone will have written about already. I can’t get into the hype right now, though — even with a [...]

On Herbs and Patches
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2008, 12:08 am
I haven’t had time to actually play the post-patch 3.0.2 World of Warcraft yet, but I did take the time to log in and auction the bank full of herbs I’ve been hoarding in anticipation of this patch. I have to say, it’s immensely satisfying to see stacks of herbs that I bought for 30 [...]

Life > Game
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 October 2008, 1:10 pm
I looked at my blog yesterday and realized I hadn’t made a post in almost two weeks. As someone who did a daily post (sometimes multiple daily posts) all through my last year of college, it’s a little weird to go that long without some input. It’s not that I don’t have stuff to say [...]

Questing: A Boring Journey
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 September 2008, 12:32 am
During a brief, 45-minute Warhammer session this evening, I had a moment of internal debate over whether I should even keep playing. I was bored of PQ’s and the same old kill and gather quests were really bumming me out. Eventually, my game froze and I turned my computer off. Instead of rebooting like I [...]

The Age of Reckoning is Upon Me
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 September 2008, 10:14 pm
I promise I’ll do a real post soon (work has been crazy), but I wanted to mention that I’ve finally purchased Warhammer Online and I’m playing a Swordmaster on the Averheim server. My character name is Aelryn, so feel free to throw me a tell if you see me online. I’ll be playing as much [...]

So It Begins Again
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 September 2008, 3:37 pm
Even though I’m not playing Warhammer Online right now, I’m definitely intending to go pick it up eventually. I’m focused on getting my WoW mage to 70 for Wrath, but once I do that I’ll go buy it and give the full retail version a go so I’m not just basing my knowledge on beta, [...]

Why Do You Read Random Battle?
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 September 2008, 9:51 pm
I just read Jaye’s latest post over at Journeys with Jaye, and it got me thinking about the writing I’ve been doing here at Random Battle. The focus of this blog has never been very much about my personal gaming sessions, but I also don’t consider this a hard news blog. I’m certainly not posting [...]

World of Warcraft: The Bejeweled Crusade
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 September 2008, 2:32 pm
I have an on-again off-again love affair with casual games. They can be a lot of fun, as anyone with access to the Microsoft Live Arcade knows. If you’re interested, I know a whole slew of obscure indie RPG and fantasy strategy games that I could recommend. But I also like the simpler games like [...]

Race and Faction: The Final Frontiers
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 September 2008, 1:39 pm
I was reading Silentstephi’s World of Warcraft rant about being stuck with her dwarf priest this morning, and I totally sympathize. She had picked a dwarf not because of their pleasing aesthetics, but because at the time it was the only realistic option for raiding due to the Fear Ward ability (once only available to [...]

Lich King Release Date and Low-Level Content
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 September 2008, 1:18 pm
Today’s official announcement revealed that the World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King expansion will be hitting stores on November 13th, 2008. Soon, many people will be coming back to the game for the first time in months (or even years, if they didn’t like the Burning Crusade expansion), and a lot has changed [...]

World of Warcraft Resources: WoW Insider
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 September 2008, 12:46 pm
I wanted to take a moment and give a shout-out to WoW Insider today. WoW Insider is one of the sister sites of Massively, and if you’re a fan of World of Warcraft, you want to read them. I’m pretty consistently amazed by both the knowledge of the game and passion for playing that their [...]

Pets, Pets, and More Pets
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 September 2008, 10:27 pm
You could argue that the coolest feature of World of Warcraft’s Hunter class is the fact that they get to select an animal companion from almost any monster in the entire game. Pet classes have always been popular and powerful in MMOGs for the simple reason that two entities are usually better at killing both [...]

Housekeeping Stuff — New Links
Posted by Random Battle [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 September 2008, 1:15 pm
I just went through the links on Virginworlds and a number of the more obscure sites I read and added a whole mess of new gaming blogs to my Google reader. Too many to list, actually, or I would. Any that don’t get pruned will eventually show up on my sidebar anyway. I like to do [...]

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