I have a ten year old and an eight year old son. I haven’t seen a grown up tv show in 5 years. I have to put booby traps around the house just to get 5 minutes on the internet. Tween boys, they want your technology. Also, whatever happens to be in your pantry. Another story, another day.
The precious few minutes I get on the computer every day are typically spent hastily posting some rambling, misspelled, grammatically offensive post on my blog and then reading a bunch of excellent comments people have left me. I then spend the next 5 hours or so coming up with the MOST MIND BLOWINGLY FANTASTIC responses in my head while I sing the Wonder Pets theme for the millionth time, watch the 391st grind on a skateboard in an hour, and get the play-by-play on Yu-Gi-Oh’s latest duel.
By the end of the day, I can’t remember how to spell my child’s name, let alone to reply to a comment.
The only thing I have going for me is that I really like games, and I’m pretty good at them, and I heard somewhere that your brain functions at a higher level for a longer period of time the more games you play, so I call that EXERCISE and feel really good about myself as a responsible human being.
However, I am NOT one of those people that can handle online games. I’ve tried the Facebook stuff, and it just doesn’t do it for me. I’ve tried the online sites my kids like, but HOLY POPUPS BATMAN. I’m a pen and paper girl, tried and true. So when BlogHer asked me to to a paid review for Games.com’s new online game site, I agreed to, but was skeptical. I honestly thought about having my husband review it instead; he holds the world record in that Bubble Popping game thing, this would be right up his alley.
I checked it out earlier today. It’s 11:36 pm, and the browser is still open. I have 15 loads of laundry to do before tomorrow morning, and I think something is growing on my kitchen counter. I may need to exchange my “chips” for a voucher for a divorce lawyer.
Here’s what I really liked:
- There are ads, of course, but they are at the bottom of the screen. I didn’t get one single popup the whole time I was on the sight (which was longer than I’ll admit in a public forum, thankyouverymuch.)
- The animation is great. The Spades Game (which I only browsed, because I didn’t have another player) has neat little cat graphics which I am not describing very well, I know, but trust me, site is colorful and engaging.
- It’s a flash site, which makes some people’s head want to explode, but I actually appreciate.
- There are one player AND multi-player games, meaning that when the husband gets home, I am going to instantly lure him into a game of Gin Rummy and he’ll NEVER notice the mountain of dirty clothes still in the corner.
- You can play as a guest. The site doesn’t REQUIRE a membership. That’s a huge plus in my book.
- The slots game. Yup, the whole thing. I’ll admit it, I LOVE slots. I will drag every nickel I have to a casino and sit on my butt for HOURS. The Games.com site saves me all that lifting and dragging of coins. And I don’t have to brush my teeth first. And apparently, the game likes me, too.
(I have never won that much in my entire life anywhere, and I don’t care that it wasn’t real, no matter what you say. SO THERE.)
Here’s what I think could be improved:
- Some of the games (like Gin Rummy) have to be played with more than one player. I’d really have liked to had the option to play the computer.
- You can play as a guest. You don’t HAVE to sign up if you don’t want to.
- The very beginning of the games are still quite slow to load. I guess that comes with Flash, but still. I have the patience of a doormat.
- I’d like to see a more diverse list of games. I don’t know if that’s in the works or not, but if they had MahJong, they might just steal my soul.
All in all, I will honestly visit Games.com again, if for nothing more than a quick slot fix before dinner. More importantly, I’d be totally comfortable letting my tween sons play on the site, and that’s saying something for me.
Catch all the other’s opinions in BlogHer’s Games.com roundup right here.