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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game is targeted toward the young teen market and includes such social bonding systems as in-game character weddings. Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games, with their quick reward systems and the ability to chat online with friends, can be very compelling. Players can be drawn into an online world and lose track of time while playing. Although free to download and play, this game can get expensive if players frequently use real money to buy items in the online mall or cash shop. Unfortunately, all items purchased either are consumables or have an expiration date where they will vanish from your inventory. Fiesta also has a "goodie bag" feature called Remi's Rare Finds that can tempt players to spend real cash for a chance to win a fantastic treasure.
I'm saying this as a former adult consumer of this game for a good 3 years plus.
DO NOT let your child play Fiesta! Please, by all means, not fiesta.
In fact, be very wary with them playing any online game, but fiesta I've been told by at least two other observers who played that game and alot of others, the problems I'm about to speak about persist there in unusual abundance. Probably because it is a cheap quality game on the outerskirts of free to play mmorpg's.
I came to that game to escape life somewhat, cos life somewhat sucked. That was pretty stupid, I know. Things were about to get alot more stupid.
I was a naive young adult about the age of 22. It was the first online game I had ever played. I wasn't really aware that many other games existed. So I found a brightly coloured 3D world online where many different people came and interacted in another reality stunning and amazing. That helped to pull me in.
I say pull in because nothing was advertised as to what could go wrong with it. Far as the adds made out and I could see, it was a brightly coloured place with interactive features where you could socialise in a fantasy environment. Of course you'd be pulled in. It's a nice evironment without anything bad, right? And who wouldn't want that?
What they don't tell you is that the game is set up to make money. Is that in order to keep up with alot of the main gaming features like players competing in fighting with each other or players competing in fighting with the monsters in quests and raids, you have to have money. Or in game money, to (against site rules) buy from someone else who has real money. Either way, lots of money, to buy lots and lots of items which you will NEED in the end to get somewhere or have any real fun. Unless you are mainly there for the socialisation. Alot of people are not.
Fiesta has a pretty crap way over and over again of bad bad site service and staff service. Bad bad customer support and bad BAD ways of screwing up the already badly put together game to make it even MORE boring and hard to level doing the same repetitive quests while paying more and more cash just to make things go a bit faster.
On average, from what I heard from asking around and my own experiences, I would say that the average spending of the players there (who played often enough to make progress) was around 30 to 100 USD a week. Through either their own cash or hiring 'gifters' who would spend their cash.
And people put themselves through all that to keep up with the competition or to keep up with their friends. The network web of messed up played in the fiesta community would keep people playing and coming back. People would try to quit, I myself 'quit' about 4 times first up, but everytime I'd come back it would be because someone, a friend, would pull me back cos I'd miss them, and the good times in the community. Legel was the smallest, dying server. And everybody knew each other.
The darkest things about the game though, were not in the way the game was set up to force extreme competition and to drain cash, or the bad customer service or even the dark mysterious way it would pull us back in when we'd quit from having enough.
No, the community of fiesta is good and well polluted by now. At least in Legel, the server I came from. But I've heard others say other servers can be just as bad. Really bad, messed up people come online, along with just the misunderstood messed up ones, to escape the real world where they didn't make it, possibly because they are the ones who first landed themselves in a mess for a reason.
Kids game? Ha. Please, when legel was a fuller server you would get whispered by pedos or creeps sometimes daily on a female character. People asking for cybers, which is sex in text and skype form. People hitting on female characters in dirty ways. The majority of the community I got to know where ranging from 15-30. Often in the 20's. Cybering happened there, alot.
Dark people, with very messed up views on life, where often attracted to my more naive nature. I had a very idealistic view on how the world should be alot nicer. They preyed on that. Alot. Several in a row. I once paid off a debt from a somewhat underhanded trade over paypal for $1700 USD which was conned off of me through me simply TRANSFERRING the cash for the guy, not even lending it to him. The guy claimed to need my help for that, after befriending me for months. I didn't comprehend how someone could fool another for so long, as I'd never THINK of doing that to another human being.
I've been emotionally abused as well. Over and over. By people pretending to be something else at first, then when I became loyal to them, abusively becoming the true opposite they were. One was my first male love, real love. He was a sociopath who convinced me he was perfect for me in every way. He pulled his plan off in a week, I feel in literal love with a mirage, not knowing it takes a decent 3 months to get to know someone and trust them, and took me on an emotionally abusive ride which was all for his sick entertainment.
That's only two of the situations from which I obtained very real scars from people who flock to the net to fool you and VERY REAL advantage of you when they can't get away so easily with such horrible things in real life.
It wasn't just me either. There were countless times I had to team up with friends from this game to help convince another person in an abusive relationship of some sort with some other predator that was attracted to the online world to get out of there!
I have now quit Fiesta and all online gaming for good. I've started seeking help and reintegrating myself into the rest of the real world. Which feels great, and more natural. I admit, I made a huge mistake in hiding away in that game. But the psychological and emotional scarring I am now getting help for is great. And I'm telling you, fiesta is NOT a place for kids or anyone not interesting in risking their mental health or wallet. Actually, the community, mostly made up of teens to adults has a bit of a widespread intolerance for the child players.
FIESTA ONLINE draws you in with impressive, crisp graphics. As a massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in a fantasy world, you select from four classic character types: the healer, the mage, the archer, and the warrior. You can develop and save four different characters, so you can try out all of them.
Creating your character is simple, as you only have one face and three hairstyles and colors to choose from. You can pay a "cosmetician" in the game cash-shop to change your appearance, and earn equipment as you play to differentiate your character. Movement is via point-and-click with the mouse or by using the WASD keys. Fighting is done by targeting creatures through a click and pressing or clicking the attack and skill hotkeys. A mini-map makes navigating through town and the surrounding areas easy and there is a "warp home" button available to players. As you play, your character can develop friendships, including selecting a mate to marry.
Is It Any Good?
Characters start off with crafting recipes available to them and gamers can easily play this game without investing any real cash to buy health potions and scrolls. Players looking for more than a hack-and-slash game will find things to do in this game like the crafting and harvesting as well as quests for acquiring those skills. Like many games of this genre, players will find Fiesta Online a "grind fest" where they must repeat combat behaviors so as to make their character more powerful, and that achieving levels above level 10 is hard to do. This is not to say that the game isn't fun and engaging, just that progress slows down very quickly. Players will also find that some classes seem to level faster than others. Many quests in Fiesta requires players to work together to succeed, and the quests benefit the town and the townfolk.
Like many free-to-play online games, Fiesta Online often employs in-game as well as out-of-game events and competitions to keep things lively and interesting for players, as well as frequent updates and added content.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about why a game that is free to play can be expensive. Why do developers create games with this model of making money? Would you rather just pay a fee upfront and then have access to all of the game's assets? What do you do if another player says something inappropriate to you. Do you know how to use the "ignore" function?