Feb 05 2010

Can You Handle the Intense Action of FARMVILLE!?!?

Published by at 3:01 pm under Video Games,Videos

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odBDAcOEKuI

I’m not a big fan of judging things that I’ve never experienced myself, but in this case does Farmville ever look god damn BORING. I’ve been seeing ducks and chickens and lonely cows pop up  on my Facebook newsfeed for quite some time now, and I just can’t quite understand the appeal, which is a point I believe is adequately expressed by this faux commercial for the game.

Is it just one of those game that taps into the primal urge of people to “level up” and “accomplish” things, no matter how trivial. Like, I’ve been playing Ninjas Live on my iPhone for the past three months despite it being the dullest game ever, but I’ll be damned if I’m ever going to stop before I five star all my Global Dignitaries!

I think my biggest issue with Farmville is the Facebook newsfeed thing. If you want to play a really boring game about farm animals, great, I applaud your seemingly endless patience. But why does it need to be all over my newsfeed? I’ve played Mass Effect 2 for 30 of the last 72 hours, but would you really want all my achievements in the game popping up on your Facebook homepage? “Paul’s Commander Shepard has leveled up to rank 17!” Paul’s Commander Shepard has killed his 30,000th geth!” “Paul’s Commander Shepard has banged Miranda Lawson!” Yeah, I thought not.





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2 responses so far

  • http://www.birgitengelhardt.de bee

    I’m one of the players of farmville – for at least 3 months now. And actually, if I should tell you what’s so great about it, I couldn’t. It’s just… I want to have a beautiful farm, with lots of animals. And decoration. And for getting that I need to farm. And seed. And harvest. And maybe it’s just about the feeling of getting things done. Really don’t know.

    But you do know that you can deactivate all the farmville’s notes on your board?

  • magpye29

    Paul, the reason we FV players WANT to see those posts is that if we click on them quickly enough, we get free stuff for our farms. For instance, when I redeemed 150 of my Easter eggs for a Dutch windmill, I posted it in my feed, and one of my friends got a windmill for free. This is also how you get fuel for your tractors, more animals (for more income), and other stuff. Also, Zynga has created similar games with formats you might find more interesting, like Castle Age or Pirates. Try it, you might like it…as long as you schedule critical things for times when you know you might actually be at your computer!

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