Posts Tagged ‘Farmville’

Bought The Farm: Mass Lay-Offs At Zynga

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

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

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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