Better than facebook games
July 14, 2014 9:38 AM Subscribe
What are some cheaper but equally fun options instead of facebook games?
posted by xarnop to Computers & Internet (22 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I have a family member with a chronic pain condition and she uses facebook games for enternainment and because it distracts her from the pain. I think this is perfectly valid, however, the problem is that in order to enjoy them they are all designed to suddenly stop being functional games unless you pay a bunch of money to keep playing so she is losing HUNDREDS of dollars a month playing these games.
She is already dependent on family in a situation that is somewhat uncomfortable and the family is thus is a really uncomfortable position of watching her overspend and then need help with her medical care which apparently is not all covered on her insurance and she can't afford needed medications.
The family has decided to let her choose to spend her money this way and then not help her when she needs an asthma inhaler or blood thinner medication etc... however... I can' help but think there has GOT to be a better way!
If she were to be given say a 100 dollar gaming budget to buy a new game every month, what sort of games are fun and maybe interactive with other online users but you can pay a fixed up front cost to play them? She likes the mystery search games (where you look for hidden items) and games like SIMS city and stuff like that (so obviously SIMS the real game might be appealing to her?)
I think facebook games are designed to be easy to use for people who aren't that naturally into gaming so I'm looking for options that are designed to be very easy to use and understand with lot's of instant gratification involved in using.
I think they asked her to budget herself and she said she would but I find it somewhat understandable that the pain driven MUST CLICK ON THINGS feels stronger than the ability to suddenly stop playing with the budget runs out in the first week of the month. These games are designed to be frustrating as heck and difficult to play if you're not buying things from them constantly and I feel like surely there's a way she can BOTH use gaming for comfort and not have these ridiculous bills attached.
I appreciate any and all ideas!!! Thanks metafilter!