In my early Mac days I played my share of games. We were a household of four girls and four boys and two Macs. One for us. One for our parents. As a Mac adult, I’ve started buying games again. Games for my children to play. Games for me to play on my iPhone.
There’s a stark contrast to the games on a Mac vs. the games on my iPhone (and the iPod touch). Mac games are more expensive, but the big screen is nice. iPhone games are less expensive, more fun, more frustrating.
The State Of iPhone Games In My Home
At my age, to state that computer games are alive and well in our household is telling a tale.
We’re not into Xbox or PlayStation, but we’ve managed to laugh more and have fun using the Wii.
Ditto for iPhone and iPod touch games. There are thousands of free games, thousands of games which range in price from 99-cents to $9.99, and many are just plain fun.
Some games for the iPhone are also good for children. With three pre-schoolers hanging from the curtains or hiding in the closets, we bit the bullet and bought an iPod touch that the children are allowed to use.
The first difference between a Mac game and an iPhone game should be obvious. One of my favorite iPhone games is Galaga (yes, I’m dating myself).
Galaga is fun, but it’s missing one thing old folks need. A bigger screen.
The State of Mac Games In My Home
Needless, to say, we have a lot more iPhone and iPod touch games in our household than we have Mac games.
First, the only games the children are allowed to play on their MacBook are educational. Still, they’re generally around $10 each, which is the high end for iPhone games.
Second, my husband and I don’t play games on our Macs as often as we play games on our iPhones. Game playing on the Mac is something of an at-home event.
Game playing on the iPhone can be more casual, like waiting at the doctor’s office, or in line at the DMV, or while plunked down on a sofa in the event that all three crumb grabbers are napping at the same time.
Still, I have Mac game favorites, including the somewhat affordable Insectoid (this tells you something about when I grew up, huh?).
Insectoid is action packed, with easy controls to challenge an adult’s decaying hand eye coordination (not to mention reducing the time my ears have left to hear). You gotta love all that screen real estate, too. The bigger the better.
But there’s a problem. Actually, two problems. Insectoid is $20, about average for a very good Mac game (though it’s a blast from the past). I can buy two of the best games ever for my iPhone. Or, 20 decent games, many of which are more fun (and more difficult with that hand eye coordination problem that occurs after age 30).
Assume the iPhone gaming trend continues. Will that impact the price tag on Mac games? It has already impacted how many games we buy, how much we spend per game, and, frankly, Mac games are coming in a distant second in all categories.
Will lower prices save Mac games? Or, will Mac game developers need to bundle iPhone/iPod touch games with a Mac version? I don’t have the answer, but I tend to vote with my checkbook. That means fewer Mac games, more iPhone games.