Parents, beware. Mac or PC, online games are fun, exciting, and addictive. Online game play is an expensive lesson I learned the hard way.
I love playing games on my Macs and PCs (and everything from iPhone to XBox to PSP to Wii) but it’s always been with a decidedly old school collection of games. For many years, I was the game-playing king of the Mincey household. Those days are gone.
Out With The Old, In With The New
In the past year or so, going to head with my pre-teenagers, I could hold my own with their best game-playing efforts. Once I ventured into online games I found an entirely different galaxy of players.
This is my story of Vendetta Online, an adventure for the ages. Or, aged.
My recently anointed teenager and chief game competitor caught me in a moment of weakness.
“Dad, let’s try some online games,” he said, innocently. Once I realized we were not playing for money and my Visa card wouldn’t be drained to an offshore gambling account, I took him up on his offer.
Oh, the folly of my ways. Vendetta Online is totally addictive; so much so, that it should have a Surgeon General’s warning label, a clinic and counselor to visit after one week.
Space Is A Different World
Vendetta is a 3D combat game in outer space. But it’s online so thousands of players interact as the pilots of spaceships strewn throughout the universe.
How much fun do you think it would be to navigate an asteroid belt like that? Online? While being chased?
Trust me. It’s funner than you think.
You get to build the characters within your online account. You can be a military hero, an outlaw chased by a federation, or a robber baron who owns entire planets.
There’s a delicate balance of power between different player factions. Economic struggle, conflict between powers, political intrigue.
Onscreen controls are not as responsive as playing a dedicated Mac or PC game or XBox or even Wii.
No matter. You get immersed into the game and become a living part of the online action.
As with any new world gadget you venture into, dear Mac user, there’s a catch and a price to pay.
Vendetta comes with a price tag. Download the free Mac version of Vendetta and begin playing.
You get eight hours to see if you enjoy your role as a pilot navigating through the universe. Fear not. That’s enough time to find out it’s enjoyable, not enough time to find out it’s addictive.
Pay To Play Is Not An Option
Beyond the first eight hours you’ll need to upgrade to play, and upgrading comes with a price. The more time you devote to engaging others in digital and political combat, the lower the per-minute price.
It’s been a very long time since I played a game on my Mac that was this much fun. It could easily be the most expensive game I’ve ever played. Discipline, Grasshopper. By design, the game’s pace is perfect for Mac users with a credit card.