Posts Tagged ‘Farmville’

Bought The Farm: Mass Lay-Offs At Zynga

By Alec Meer on June 4th, 2013.

The bursting of the Facebook gaming bubble was as inevitable as post-feeding projectile vomit from my newborn daughter (which is why I’ve not been on the site for the last three weeks, but fear not, I shall not be turning my every sentence into a parenting reference as a result. For the record, obviously she’s beautiful and amazing though. And very vomity). Much as I’m glad to see the industry-wide madness about wait/spam/pay anti-games dying down, it gives me no pleasure to hear that the cost of this is so many jobs. Around 500 people were yesterday put out of work as a result of one-time social gaming goliath/habitual copycat Zynga plunging into chaos.
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Defacebook: FarmVillain

By Alec Meer on May 17th, 2010.

Everyone hates FarmVille, apart from the millions of players who adore it. Your endless bitching about it dominating your Facebook feed and how it’s not a proper game and blahblahbloodyblah can now be turned into something like constructive criticism, thanks to gag-app FarmVillain. Pick a comically twisted faux-FarmVille status update, add it to your profile with a click, and confuse/horrify any friends and family who spend all day, everyday collecting sheep.

“You found a dead hooker buried on your farm. Oh my!”

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Carrots And Sticks: Ellie Gibson On Farmville

By Kieron Gillen on April 5th, 2010.


Considering RPS’ wandering remit, I’m surprised that we haven’t actually written anything about Farmville. Especially as Jim’s good lady is a player. Let’s hand over to Eurogamer’s Ellie Gibson, whose Farmville diaries sees her grow from someone who really can’t see the point to someone who self-describes themselves as a drug-pusher. As she concludes: “Here’s the thing: whether they’re right or wrong, you can’t ignore 85 million people.” She has a point. Go read and… well, I’m sure you’ll have things to say about Farmville, but try and keep them polite. The 85 million a month is the interesting number, innit? 350 million people log onto Facebook a month, according to Facebook’s COO. So just under 1 in 4 people Facebook people actively play Farmville. My gut-level cynicism makes me raises an eyebrow at that. Only on a personal anecdotal level, far, far less than 1-in-4 people are playing Farmville on my friends list. I’d love to see region-by-region breakdown on their numbers.

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