When I’m not creating my own fantasy worlds, I like to play games in ones others have created. I was speaking to a group about writing once and a question came up. “What is your choice reward when you reach your writing goals?” My first choice was reading of course, but I added video games and immediately looked for the expressions in the crowd–you know the ones–the “Oh yeah, I get that” expressions.
My favorites are mostly PC games like Starcraft, Broodwar, Age of Empires and an old one some might remember, Dungeon Keeper. I WISH they’d release a new version of this one that works on modern computers! You had minions!!
I was also into Zelda. Big time.
Lately, my family has been dealing with rough issues and I’ve found solace in playing games again. I like the site Wild Games by Wildtangent. Lots of fun games to offer. For strategy, I go for Westward, The Build a Lots, etc. It’s where I found Plants Vs. Zombies, which is so much fun, it should be illegal.
They have a great program where you can download a game and try it out for free. Twice in a 24 hour period. There’s no one hour trial so you’re not shut down just as things get good. Plus, if you become a member, you get a certain amount of coins per month and instead of buying the game, you can just use up the coins to play different games. Some games are worth buying ( I recently caved to Westward III. I’m not normally into anything with a western theme, but I do love the strategy of building up a town from scratch!) and some are fun just for the mindless break. One of the best policies is every coin you use to play goes toward purchase if you must have that game.
I’m also an occasional subscriber to Big Fish Games. They do shut you down after an hour of trial, however, their games are always 6.99 and they have some fun exclusives.
I like both sites, but have been leaning toward Wild Games lately. The reason? They offer surprise discounts on Twitter and I like the person they have working that Twitter account. She recently gave me an idea about writing and gaming together. I’ve never thought to check into such an ideal situation. So, she rocks. 😉
Now, I’m off to ponder creating my own alien world/survival saga…